Ajay has 30 pencils. He shares them equally between three pots. Complete the number sentence to show how Ajay shares the pencils.
We know that Ajay has 30 pencils to begin with. So we can write number 30 at the start of our number sentence. The number of pencils Ajay has to begin with is 30. We also know that Ajay shares them equally. So we know this is a division calculation. And the division sign has already been written. We also know that Ajay has three pots. He shares his 30 pencils equally between three pots. If we’re sharing equally, we’re sharing into three groups or three pots. So we know the calculation is 30 divided by three.
Now all we have to work out is how many pencils there will be in each pot or what is 30 divided by three. How many threes are there in 30? Let’s count in threes from zero to 30: three, six, nine, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30. There are 10 threes in 30. The number sentence which shows how Ajay shares the pencils is 30 divided by three equals 10.