. Grade 5, Illustrative icon

Origami Stars

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of this task is to present students with a situation in which they need to divide a whole number by a unit fraction in order to find a solution. Calculating the number of origami stars that Avery and Megan can make illustrates students' understanding of the process of dividing a whole number by a unit fraction. This task is more concrete that some of the other division problems: note that the picture drawn reflects the situation very literally: the rectangles in the picture represent rectangular pieces of paper.

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