The purpose of this lesson is for students to notice and explain patterns when dividing a whole number by one tenth and one hundredth.
In prior lessons, students represented decimals to the thousandths with diagrams, words, numbers, and expressions. They also added, subtracted and multiplied decimals using place value understanding, properties of operations, and relationships between operations. In this lesson, students begin to work with decimals and division. They divide whole numbers by one tenth and one hundredth and notice and explain patterns they observe. Students apply their understanding of division as “how many groups” to hundredths grids where the entire grid represents one whole. This allows them to visualize how many tenths or hundredths are in one or several wholes while also preparing students to find quotients of more complex decimals in future lessons.
Activity 1: Patterns in Dividing by Decimal Units
- Divide whole numbers by one tenth and one hundredth.
- Let’s divide whole numbers by one tenth and one hundredth.
Materials to Copy
- Small Grids
|Activity 1||15 min|
|Activity 2||20 min|
|Lesson Synthesis||10 min|
Teacher Reflection Questions
Reflect on how comfortable your students are asking questions of you and of each other. What can you do to encourage students to ask more questions?
- Compare (1–5), Stage 4: Divide within 100 (Supporting)
- Compare (1–5), Stage 6: Add and Subtract Fractions (Supporting)
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