August 10, 2015
By Caitlin Fahey

Lesson plan

Multi-Digit Division

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Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the Division with Fair-Sharing LanguagePre-lesson.
EL Adjustments
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Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the Division with Fair-Sharing LanguagePre-lesson.

Students will be able to complete multi-digit division problems.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(10 minutes)
  • Tell students that today they will be learning how to solve multi-digit division problems.
  • Review long division with students.
  • Complete a few review problems on the board where students can observe your steps and recall any strategies you have taught them up until this point.
  • If possible, have students use mini whiteboards to solve warm-up problems independently.
(10 minutes)
  • Pass out the Solve the Division Riddle worksheet.
  • Complete the first and second problems by displaying them on the document camera or whiteboard.
  • Allow students time to complete the first five problems on the sheet.
  • Answer any questions students may have about this review.
(10 minutes)
  • Hand out the Division Duplication worksheet.
  • Model problems on the board as needed.
  • Take time to focus on the steps of long division. Do not rush through the steps.
(20 minutes)
  • Allow students to work independently on the Zoey Chase Is on the Case worksheet.
  • Give them time to share their answers with their elbow partner and adjust their answers on their papers if necessary.


  • Pull aside struggling students for extra assistance. Ask students to share their answers to each problem as they complete them.
  • Allow students to use a graph paper and colour-code their work as they complete the division problems.
  • Encourage students to use the division method that is best for them.
  • Have students relate the division dividends and divisors to their multiplication counterparts (i.e., the product and one factor) to focus on the inverse relationship between multiplication and division.


  • Advanced students could be given the Division Word Problems worksheet to complete. Have students share one of the problems they liked the best or the most challenging problem with the class during the Closing section of the lesson.
(10 minutes)
  • Bring students together into a group.
  • Review worksheets students have completed.
  • Answer any questions students may still have about the lesson.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to think of real-world applications for the kind of maths problems they encountered today.
  • Have students share their ideas with the class.
  • Take any final questions your students have about the lesson.

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