# 4 on every nights homework is division. We are starting with basic division facts and will continue with these until sometime after Christmas. It is very important for you not to give your child the answer. Students must understand how to divide and what division means in order to master long division later in the year.

"Sharing"

12 divided by 3 means 12 shared out into 3 groups like you would divide up 12 pieces of candy between 3 friends going “one for you, one for you, one for you” until there are none left to share.

"Count By"

12 divided by 4 means “How many 4 does it take to get to 12?” In the picture, it took 3 times counting by 4 to get to 12, so 12 divided by 4 is 3.

"Repeated Subtraction"

18 divided by 3 means “How many 3’s can we take away from 18?” You can take 6 3's away from 18 until you get to 0 so the answer is 6.

"Fact Families"

To solve 12 divided by 3 relate it to multiplication. Think about ? X 3 =12. If you know the multiplication fact, the division fact will be easier to remember.