## Lesson: Division

Developing the Concept

After using manipulatives to introduce the division algorithm for multidigit numbers, the concept should be fully developed. It is important to give students plenty of time to master the division of multidigit numbers. The development of this concept should not be rushed.

**Materials:** overhead base-ten blocks, overhead projector, base-ten blocks for students

**Preparation:** Be sure to provide at least one set of base-ten blocks for each pair of students.

**Wrap-Up and Assessment Hints**

Students need a great deal of practice when learning to divide multidigit numbers. Do not be in a rush for students to put away their manipulatives when learning this difficult concept. This can be a trying time in many students' mathematical development. As a teacher, do not be discouraged with slow progress. Remember, this is the first time most of the students have encountered the concept. Your task is to take the time and effort needed to encourage students to learn this process.

It is important to continually assess students' progress when they're learning division. Extra practice and assessment later in the year also ensures that students have mastered this sometimes difficult algorithm. When assessing students, try to remember what it was like when __you__ learned how to divide large numbers.