Instructional Activity# What’s the Quotient?

Lesson 9. Unit 5. Grade 6 Open Up Resources

Open Up Resources15 min(s)

This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 9, Unit 5, Grade 6. In this lesson, students choose how to perform division-by drawing diagrams or by using the partial quotients method. As they work with larger dividends and divisors, students observe the merits and potential drawbacks of each method. They see that base-ten diagrams are useful because they are concrete and help to visualize the meaning of division, but drawing all the pieces is cumbersome if the numbers are large. The partial quotients method relies on the same principles but will work for any numbers without the need for elaborate drawings. Students use these observations to decide on appropriate methods to use.