Scene 5

Suddenly, an analogy came to Joe. "How many of you like pizza?"

All the students raised their hands.

"Well, long division is sort of like having pizza with your family. Every piece must be the same size or people get mad, right?" queried Joe.

"Yeah. My little brother gets really mad if it's not all equal," noted Chandler.

"In division we try to split groups up evenly so that no group is bigger than any other. It's just like pizza. All the pieces have to be the same size or people get angry," explained Joe.

Some of the students nodded, including DeAnna.

Although I had to do it twice, the elaboration strategies worked. Between the analogy and the explanation of the relationship, even DeAnna seems to understand what I mean, thought Joe.

Click here to view the Elaboration Strategies Tool in the Cognitive Strategies section.


  1. What other analogies might help DeAnna understand division?
  2. Some schools have "Division Day," where each student brings in something to divide up among the class. How might having edible examples of division help students retain division as a concept and break away from memorization?



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