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    Get out the manipulatives!
    By lv2read

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    My students struggled with this as well. I used base ten blocks, tiles, coins and cookies. (Yeah, I broke down to the food element.) Ask the students to help you figure out how many containers, boxes, etc you will need for x amount of cookies. Tell the students that 4, 6 or 8 will fit in one container. The students will more than likely begin creating groups of 4, 6 or 8 until all the cookies are in a group. This lesson was one of our grades' concept lessons. The students loved it. The cookies were an incentive but they grasped the concept. This lesson also works well with remainders too and long division.

    Be sure that the students know that each group has to have equal amounts.

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