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Long Division with Multi-Digit Divisors – Word Problem Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 9 pages | Grades: 5 - 6

Use long division to solve a variety of word problems with this set of 24 task cards.

Long Division Word Problems

Long division is a method for dividing one large number (the dividend) by another number (the divisor) to find the quotient. When the divisor is a multi-digit number, the process of long division becomes a bit more involved than when the divisor is a single-digit number. Here are the steps to perform long division with a multi-digit divisor:

  • Write the dividend, with the leftmost digit as the first digit of the quotient.
  • Divide the first digit of the quotient by the divisor. The result will be a whole number, and the remainder will be a whole number less than the divisor. Write the quotient in the first slot above the dividend and the remainder below the dividend.
  • Multiply the divisor by the quotient, and write the product under the dividend.
  • Subtract the product from the dividend. The result is the new dividend for the next step.
  • Bring down the next digit of the dividend to the right of the remainder. Repeat steps 2-5 until you’ve divided the entire dividend and can write the final quotient.

If you are looking for an activity for your students to practice long division word problems, look no further! Teach Starter has created a set of 24 task cards that your students can use to practice this skill. Some of the problems result in a whole number quotient, while others result in a remainder where students will need to determine if they need to round up or down for their answer.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your math lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use this set of task cards to enhance learning through guided math groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

For students who need additional support, provide them with a multiplication chart to help with basic facts. Additionally, invite students to reference anchor charts and posters to help students recall the steps of long division.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

If there are students who need a bit of a challenge, ask them to give a written response on why they reasoned their answers with the problems that did not divide out evenly.

🛴 Scoot Activity 

Place the cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign students or pairs to a starting point card. Give students time to review the card and record their answer in the corresponding space on their paper. Students will rotate to the next card when you say, “SCOOT!” Continue in this manner until students return to their starting point. 

👋 Exit Ticket 

Use these cards as a formative assessment after your lesson. Pick a random assortment of cards and project them on the board for the whole class to see. Students can record their answers on a sheet of paper, sticky note, or their notebook. 

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download.

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring. 

Sustainability Tip: Print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.  

This resource was created by Cassandra Friesen, a teacher in Colorado and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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