The standards specifically require students to find quotients “using strategies based on place value” (5.NBT.6). When dividing, students are decomposing units just as they have done when subtracting since Grade 2: “I don’t have enough tens to subtract, so I’ll change 1 hundred for 10 tens.” When dividing, they also change each larger unit that cannot be divided for smaller units: “I’ll change 8 remaining tens for 80 ones.”
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From EngageNY.org of the New York State Education Department. Grade 5 Mathematics Module 2, Topic F, Lesson 22.
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