There are six pencils. Elizabeth wants to put two pencils in each pot. How many pots does she need?
We can sketch a bar model to help us solve this problem. We know that Elizabeth has six pencils. We’re also told that Elizabeth wants to put two pencils in each pot. We’re being asked to work out how many twos there are in six or six divided by two. And we can see from the bar model that there are three groups of two. Six divided by two is three.
If Elizabeth has six pencils and she wants to put two pencils in each pot, she will need three pots. There are three twos in six. Or six divided by two is three.