Playing With Remainders

This activity will teach students how to deal with remainders in real life by either rounding, splitting them evenly, or simply ignoring them. This activity has three plays that illustrate for students how to interpret remainders in division and how to apply the remainder to a real world problem solving. 

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B.6
Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the...
CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B.7
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of...
GLE 0506.1.4
Move flexibly between concrete and abstract representations of mathematical ideas in order to solve problems, model mathematical ideas, and communicate solution...
GLE 0506.2.3
Develop fluency with division of whole numbers. Understand the relationship of divisor, dividend, and quotient in terms of multiplication and division.
GLE 0506.2.5
Develop fluency in solving multi-step problems using whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals.
SPI 0506.2.4
Solve problems involving the division of two- and three-digit whole numbers by one- and two-digit whole numbers.
SPI 0506.2.5
Solve addition and subtraction problems involving both fractions and decimals.
TSS.Math.5.NBT.B.6
Find whole-number quotients and remainders of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value,...
TSS.Math.5.NBT.B.7
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of...
 
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Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding
Extension suggestions: 

Extensions:

  • After reading or acting out these plays, children could write their own stories or plays where the characters must interpret remainders correctly in real-life situations.
  • Children new to the United States could be encouraged to set new plays in their homeland countries with names, food, and problem-solving situations common to their life experiences.

Family Connections:

  • Assign students to create two to five word problems at home using members of their families and either real or made up situations that require the correct use of remainders.
  • Which use of a remainder is most common? Give students a few days to collect data at home about which scenario is most common—dropping, rounding or sharing. They might be allowed situations on TV in addition to real-life occurrences. After collecting data, a bar graph could be constructed comparing the three types of remainders’ frequency.

Helpful Hints

Materials:

  • Invitation to Learn
  • 12 manipulatives
  • Math journals

Instructional Procedures:

  • Math journals
  • Round-up! (pdf)
  • You Just Drop It! (pdf)
  • Sharing is Very Important! (pdf)
  • Playing with Remainders (pdf)
  • Remainder Stories (pdf)
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Markers

Books:

  • Teaching with the Brain in Mind, by Eric Jensen; ISBN 1-4166-0030-2

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