Estimating Digits in a Quotient

Boiling down any division problem to a one-digit divisor problem sure makes estimation easy. The lesson shows how to estimate division problems by using place value understanding and basic arithmetic facts to simplify the division. Some practice problems are given to polish this skill. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have the class write up a brief flowchart on the process for estimating quotients
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson references a reformatted algorithm for multiplication taught in earlier grades
  • Calculators are necessary if you have scholars check their estimates against actual values
  • 13th part in series of 21
Pros

  • Clear directions and step-by-step process given in teacher guide
  • Includes prompt questions to use during closing discussion
Cons

  • None
Common Core