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Just before vacation we completed a unit on long division of whole numbers with two-digit divisors. Some students found this topic somewhat challenging because the division algorithm requires perseverance, a skill students are still developing. We focused on using estimation as a strategy to determine a reasonable quotient and also to help know in what place value the first digit of the quotient would be. We then used these strategies to solve word problems.

We begin the New Year with a unit on dividing decimals. This will be new for most students, but they will be pleasantly surprised how the strategies they used to divide with whole numbers can be applied to decimals.

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