Grade 5

Write the following story on the board. In order to create a situation that calls for including the remainder as a fraction or a decimal, you might give a hint that students think about something that can be measured or something that can be divided up into less than 1.

Make up two different division story problems that use 28 ÷ 8. Use one situation that calls for ignoring the remainder and the other that calls for including it as a fraction or decimal.

Eight books fit in a box. If there are 28 books, how many boxes will be filled? Ignore the remainder, because the question asks about full boxes. If you just change the question to, “How many boxes will be used?” you can include the remainder as a fraction, so the answer will be 3.

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