Dividing 12 ÷ 4 Using Objects

This video, similar to the illustration of 12 ÷ 3, shows how manipulatives can be used to explain division problems that have a fair-share or equal partition problem structure. This example demonstrates how manipulatives can be used to show how repeated subtraction (i.e., when the whole is decreased iteratively by equal sets) can be used in division to determine the size of the equal set. In this example, 12 objects are divided into 4 equal groups. When students have many practice opportunities to solve division problems with strategies such as repeated subtraction, they develop a solid conceptual understanding that division represents partitioning a quality into groups of equivalent sets. 

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