How do you interpret a remainder in a
division problem?
A remainder
is the amount left over when something cannot be divided evenly.
Problem 
The fourth
grade is taking a field trip. They need to rent minivans
to get there. There are 125 people going. Each
minivan can only hold 8 people. How many minivans does the
school need to rent?

Plan 
You can divide to
find the number of minivans.

Solve 
There are different ways to interpret the remainder of a
problem.
*Answer where
you add 1 to the quotient.
Think:
How many minivans does the school need to rent?
You will need 16 minivans for the trip.
* Answer where you use only
the quotient.
Think:
How many minivans will be completely full?
There will be 15 minivans completely full.
* Answer where you use only
the remainder.
Think:
How many people will not fit in the minivan, if they took 15?
The remainder is 5. So, 5 people will not fit in the
minivans. 
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