# How to perform division facts up to 12-word problems

Our reason for designing this excellent resource on *how to perform division facts up to 12-word problems* is to uplift your kids' minds in a significant way. After going through this short process of performing division facts, your 5th graders will learn to accurately solve any complex word problem on division facts up to 12.

Since word problems are usually challenging, this resource will focus on vital areas to help kids overcome such challenges, thus enhancing their problem-solving skills.

However, this resource equally pays close attention to the role of reading comprehension skills learners greatly need to tackle word problems of all kinds, enabling 5th graders to master the basic and significant skills they need to solve word problems.

## Steps on how to do division facts up to 12-word problems

These *steps on how to do division facts up to 12-word problems* will stimulate young learners' interest in solving all math word problems that require division.

As a matter of fact, we aim to build up 5th graders' knowledge on how to solve word problems on division facts up to 12 effortlessly.

For this reason, we have illustrated the general idea by giving some examples for kids to improve, analyze and even self-rate their understanding of these exceptional steps.

#### Step 1: IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM

To identify the problem, read the word problem carefully to determine the scenario the problem wants you to solve.

Also, try to find the important numbers and keywords in the word problem.

Whenever you come across one of the following keywords in a word problem: - divide, half, evenly, every, per, parts, out of, quotient of, ratio of, how many in each, equal parts, cut up, average, as much, etc., it implies that you have to perform a Division Operation.

__Note__: One **key Element** for learners to understand is that they should not always **rely on keywords alone**. That is to say; the **same keyword** can have **different meanings** in **different word problems**.

For this reason, we **reiterate on the importance** of reading the question **very carefully** to **understand the situation** that the **word problem is describing**, then figure out exactly **which operation to use**

#### Step 2: STRATEGIZE OR GATHER RELEVANT INFORMATION

How will you solve or tackle the problem?

- From the keyword(s) in the word problem, you will know whether you need to perform a Division Operation or any other operation
- However, it would be best not only to count on
**keywords**. Instead, try to**understand the situation**that the**problem is describing**. - After knowing which operation you will perform, construct short expressions/sentences representing the given word problem
- After knowing which operation you will perform, form short sentences to represent the given word problem.

#### Step 3: CREATE THE EQUATION

Following this, you need to write down a numerical equation to represent the information in the word problem.

#### Step 4: PROVIDE A SOLUTION

From step 3 above, divide the values using either the short or the long division method. Also, include the unit of measurement in your final answer.

#### Step 5: CHECK YOUR WORK

Finally, check if your answer makes sense. For example, use common sense i.e., Estimate the answer and see if it is close to what you expected. However, if the answer is not what you expect, go back to step one and start all over again.

### Examples on how to perform division facts up to 12-word problems.

#### Example one

__Step 1:__ The important numbers here are 48 and 12. Also, the most important keyword(s) found in the word problem is "divided" and "equally."

__Step 2:__ Next, how will you solve the problem? At this moment, the situation the problem is describing and the keywords found in the word problem call for you to perform a **division operation**.

Now, build short sentences to represent the given word problem.

- Number of seashells Kelly collected = 48
- Number of groups she divided the seashells into = 12
- Therefore, the number of seashells in each group = the number of seashells that she collected × the number of groups he divided the seashells into

__Step 3:__Then, write down a numerical equation to represent the **bolded sentence in step 2 above** to solve this word problem:

48 ÷ 12 = ?

__Step 4:__ From step 3 above, divide the values using any division (either the short or the long division) method. Besides this, do not forget to add the unit of measurement in the final result.

So, there were 4 seashells in each group.

__Step 5:__Last but not the least, check if your answer makes sense. For instance, estimate the answer and see if it is close to what you expected. However, if the answer is not what you expected, go back to step one and start all over again.

#### Example Two

__Step 1:__ First, the important numbers here are 24 and 6 (the number of people to share the cupcake). Also, the keywords found in the word problem are "equally" and "left."

__Step 2:__Now, how will you solve the problem? You see that the situation the problem is describing and the keyword found in the word problem need you to perform a **division operation**.

Another important thing to note is not to misinterpret the keyword "left" for a **subtraction operation**. If you read the question and interpret it very well, you'll realize that the word "left" means a remainder after performing the main operation needed in the word problem.

Next, having this in mind, construct short sentences to represent the given word problem.

- Number of cupcakes my father bought = 26
- Number of people my father shared the cupcakes to = 6
- Therefore, the number of cupcakes Harriett received = the number of cupcakes my father bought ÷ the number of people my father shared the cupcakes to.

__Step 3:__Then, write down numerical equations to represent the **bolded sentence in step 2 above** to solve this word problem:

26 ÷ 6 = ?

__Step 4:__ From **step 3** You see that, from step 3 above,

So, Harriett received 4 cupcakes, and 2 cupcakes were left for my father.

__Step 5:__In conclusion, check if your answer makes sense. For example, estimate the answer and see if it is close to what you expected. However, if the answer is not what you expected, go back to step one and start all over again.