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Long Division Song | 1 Digit-Divisor Version

Join Stu & friends at the beach in this long division song and music video as he explains how do divide 4 digit dividends by 1 digit divisors by drawing problems into the sand with his math-e-magic wand (a piece of driftwood)! He'll be using the standard algorithm - a concept usually taught and reinforced in the 5th & 6th Grade. Pull up a beach chair, turn the volume to eleven, and have your flip flops ready, because this Caribbean tune will rock your socks off!

Long Division Song Lyrics:

Verse One
First divide the dividend by the divisor:
we can fit two groups of nine into twenty four.
Multiply the nine by two, to get eighteen in the mix.
Write the eighteen and subtract, the difference is six.
Then bring down the three, and the process will repeat.
When we do long division we drop the beat.

Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Bring Down:
that’s how a quotient is found!

Verse Two
Next we divide sixty three by nine.
The quotient is seven; write it above the line.
Multiply nine by seven; we get sixty three;
then subtract the sixty three to get zero, you see.
We bring down the two, which nine does not go into
So write a zero on the line followed by remainder two

Divide multiply subtract bring down
that's how a quotient is found
Divide multiply subtract bring down
(And when there's a remainder
write "R" followed by what's left over)
that's how a quotient is found

The remainder that’s left over can be further defined:
“R2” can be written as two over nine.
Since nine is the divisor, it’s the whole;
the remainder is the part, and that is it’s role.
So two hundred seventy R2 is the quotient,
and two hundred seventy and two ninths is it’s equivalent.

Divide multiply subtract bring down
that's how a quotient is found
Divide multiply subtract bring down
(The remainder can become the numerator,
the divisor can become the denominator.)
that's how a quotient is found

Learn More

This song targets TEKS and Common Core learning standards from both 4th Grade and 5th Grade. Look into the relevant standards here, or dig deeper into Long division here.

If you are interested in getting ideas on how to plan a robust standards-aligned Long Division with 1 Digit Divisors lesson, we recommend checking out Instructure's recommendations for common core standards 4.NBT.6, and 5.NBT.6 . These pages help break down standard language, lay out the grade-appropriate level of rigor for each concept, and offer a variety of suggestions for activities (lesson seeds) that help students achieve their learning targets.

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