Contributor: Rachel Lewis. Lesson ID: 12134
Simple math problems, like 75 ÷ 5 = 15 are easy. But when the problem is in word form, it can be a problem! Learn how to find the figures you need to solve word problems in two easy steps!
There are many strategies we can use to solve a word problem using division, and here they are!
Before we try to solve a word problem with division, you must learn how to read the problem.
There are two steps in every division word problem:
Take a look at these two steps in action!
Six students sold 438 concert tickets altogether. Each student sold the same number of tickets. How many tickets did each student sell?
Another way to look at a division problem is to use a model like the one below:
Now, we can solve our problem:
7 
3 

6 
4 
3 
8 

 
4 
2 

1 
8 

 
1 
8 

0 
Each student sold 73 tickets.
Let’s look at another example.
The baker put 216 cookies equally into eight jars.
Try the problem on your own paper. First, choose your method. You can use the two steps to help you read the problem, or draw a model to help you visualize the problem.
Great job!
Read the explanation below. If you made a mistake, correct your answer.
First, use the twostep method:
Next, look at the model:
Now, we can divide to find the quotient:
2 
7 

8 
2 
1 
6 

 
1 
6 

5 
6 

 
5 
6 

0 
There are 27 cookies in each jar.
Use your new strategies in the Got It? section to solve word problems on your own.