Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Dividing with Decimals - Section 5: More Practice


I realized that a number of my students were using the partial quotient method for division, instead of the traditional method.  In this section, I modeled how the traditional method and the partial quotients method are connected.

One problem I did was 812.6 divided by 5. Unit 2.5 Transitioning From the Partial Quotients Method.jpgI first had students help me create a reasonable estimate for the problem.  Then  I solved the problem under the document camera, step by step in both ways.  I had students copy down both methods on their paper.  I showed them how the partial quotient method starts to break down when there is a remainder.  I emphasize to students that in sixth grade they need to learn the traditional method, which will help them divide with decimals.  This transition takes time, so I will have to continue to model for students.

  Student Led Inquiry: Transitioning From the Partial Quotients Method
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Dividing with Decimals

Unit 2: The College Project - Working with Decimals
Lesson 6 of 16

Objective: SWBAT: • Make estimates of division problems • Divide whole numbers and decimals • Interpret a remainder

Big Idea: How can you split $27 equally between 4 people? Students apply what they know about division to divide with whole numbers and decimals.

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Math, Decimals, Number Sense and Operations, division, 6th grade, master teacher project
  60 minutes
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