3rd Grade Division Problems and Word Problems

In 3rd grade, students learn basic multiplication and division facts. They generally take timed tests and learn how multiplication and division can be used in real-life situations through word problems. Keep reading to find out how you can help your child practice multiplication and division at home.

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How Can My Child Practice 3rd Grade Division Problems?

Multiplication and division are both covered in 3rd grade because they're related operations. For instance, consider the following equations: 3 x 4 = 12 and 12 ÷ 4 = 3. Students can use multiplication to check their answers for division problems and vice versa.

In most 3rd grade classrooms, study of multiplication will dominate much of the academic year, with division addressed at the end. To help your child prepare for his or her upcoming division studies, you can make sure he or she has a good understanding of multiplication. Review multiplication facts on a regular basis, depending on the needs of your child. You might use flashcards for quick review, or play a game like multiplication tic-tac-toe, in which each square has a multiplication fact in it.

Once you're sure your child is comfortable with multiplication, you can move on to basic division facts. When developing problems for practice at home, make sure you're reinforcing concepts taught in school. Use equations with numbers that your child is already familiar with from multiplication (like 30 ÷ 5 = 6), and avoid teaching him or her anything so advanced that it causes confusion or frustration.

Division Practice Problems for Your 3rd Grader

1. 40 ÷ 4 (Answer: 10)

2. 56 ÷ 7 (Answer: 8)

3. 99 ÷ 11 (Answer: 9)

4. Six times what number equals 24?

Questions like these can help solidify the relationship between multiplication and division. They also can lay the foundation for algebra studies, in which students will have to solve for a variable. The answer to this problem is 4 because 6 x 4 = 24.

5. There are 18 cookies in a cookie jar and six hungry children. How many cookies can each kid have?

It can be beneficial to include word problems in your child's at-home practice because they frequently appear on standardized tests. Often, kids will get tripped up on word problems because they provide unnecessary information; however, frequent practice can help your child know what he or she should be looking for, as well as what he or she can disregard. For this problem, your child should come up with the equation 18 ÷ 6 = 3. Each child can have 3 cookies.

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