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Multi-Digit and Fraction Computation

Lesson 12


Divide decimals by decimals using the standard algorithm.

Common Core Standards

Core Standards


  • 6.NS.B.3 — Fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation.

Foundational Standards


  • 5.NBT.B.7

Criteria for Success


  1. Understand that multiplying a dividend and divisor by the same power of ten creates equivalent division problems with the same solution.
  2. Create equivalent division problems with whole number divisors that can be solved using the standard algorithm. 
  3. Apply the standard algorithm for division to solve problems.

Tips for Teachers


  • Dividing with decimals is a fluency expectation in sixth grade. Ensure students have opportunities to build towards fluency throughout the unit and the year. See our Guide to Procedural Skills and Fluency for additional information and strategies.
  • The following tools or materials are useful for this lesson: large graph or grid paper for computations, calculators to check answers.

Remote Learning Guidance

If you need to adapt or shorten this lesson for remote learning, we suggest prioritizing Anchor Problem 1 (benefits from worked example) and Anchor Problem 2 (can be done independently). Find more guidance on adapting our math curriculum for remote learning here.

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Anchor Problems


Problem 1

Consider the division problem $${19.2 ÷ 1.6}$$

Written as a fraction, the problem becomes $${\frac{19.2}{1.6}}$$.

  1. Multiply the fraction by $${\frac{10}{10}}$$​ to ​​create an equivalent division problem with whole numbers. Then use the standard algorithm for division to find the quotient. 
  2. How can you apply this approach to solve other decimal division problems?

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Problem 2

Divide: $${526.76 ÷ 1.3}$$

First, write an equivalent division problem with a whole number divisor. Then solve and check your answer using multiplication. 

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Problem 3

Which division problems below will have the same solution as $${580.6÷8.44}$$?

Explain your reasoning for each equivalent problem.

a.     $${580.6 ÷ 844}$$

b.     $${5,806 ÷ 844}$$

c.     $${58,060 ÷ 844}$$

d.     $${580,600 ÷ 844}$$

e.     $${5,806 ÷ 84.4}$$

f.     $${58.06 ÷ 0.844}$$

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Problem Set


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The following resources include problems and activities aligned to the objective of the lesson that can be used to create your own problem set.

  • Include procedural problems involving all types of decimal division problems.
  • Include examples where the decimal answer is rounded to a given place value.
  • Include error analysis problems.

Target Task


Sophia’s dad paid $43.25 for 12.5 gallons of gas. 

  1. What is the cost of one gallon of gas?
  2.  Approximately how many gallons of gas can you get for $1? Round to the nearest hundredth.


Illustrative Mathematics Buying Gas

Buying Gas, accessed on Sept. 28, 2017, 3:55 p.m., is licensed by Illustrative Mathematics under either the CC BY 4.0 or CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. For further information, contact Illustrative Mathematics.

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