Reflection: Real World Applications Division by Sharing Vs. Grouping (Day 2) - Section 1: Mini-Lesson


The students have worked on a lesson where they pretended to be Grandma's Famous Cookie Production Company.  While they worked on that lesson very well, I realized they needed more specific work discriminating between the two types of division.  Critical Area #1 in 3rd grade is "Developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100." In the description of this understanding, the following points are made:

  • Students develop an understanding of the meanings of multiplication and division of whole numbers through activities and problems involving equal-sized groups, arrays, and area models; multiplication is finding an unknown product, and division is finding an unknown factor in these situations. 

  • For equal-sized group situations, division can require finding the unknown number of groups or the unknown group size.

Therefore, I decided to spend another day or two having them "act out" situations and recording the outcomes.

If you try this lesson, I suggest you do it for at least two days so the concepts become habit for the students before they begin reading word problems.

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Division by Sharing Vs. Grouping (Day 2)

Unit 4: Understanding Division
Lesson 6 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to share objects equally to find quotients, or use known quotients to find missing factors.

Big Idea: Children need to understand that there are two different contexts for division. This 3 day lesson path will engage them in activities that act out the different types.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, factors, division, multiplication, quotient, multiplication and division facts
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