At lunch today I told this story to some 5th grade kids.

Once there was a division between the Sum and the multiplication. There was also a guy named Minus, who wasn’t very good at doing things. He wanted to remove the division between the Sum and the multiplication.

Minus had one problem. He didn’t have a heart big enough.

So he drank a lot of milk to make himself stronger.

But his heart didn’t grow any bigger.

He went to school and learned everything he could about the division between the Sum and the multiplication.

But his heart didn’t grow any bigger.

After school he gathered as many numbers around him as he could: all kinds of possessions.

But his heart didn’t grow any bigger.

Finally, he prayed and asked God to give him a bigger heart.

And God gave him a bigger heart.

After this, Minus found Sum and multiplication still divided.

And because his heart was bigger now,

He applied himself to the division between the Sum and the multiplication

And Viola! He “subtracted” the division from between the Sum and the multiplication.

The Sum and the multiplication had a party and celebrated with cupcakes.

Then they all made an equation to remember how a Minus is always able to remove the division between the Sum and the multiplication.

That is why there is a minus sign used in the Division symbol.