This article is written for middle school students to learn about dividing fractions. It is brief (one page), but will give your students experience with dividing fractions by whole numbers, whole numbers by fractions, and fractions by fractions. This can be used in station rotations or with a whole class. I have included directions and activity sheets for a partner reading activity and small group summarizing.
This article was written by Kimberly Wasylyk, a math teacher with over 10 years of experience.
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Apply and extend previous understandings of division to divide unit fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by unit fractions.1
Interpret division of a unit fraction by a non-zero whole number, and compute such quotients. For example, create a story context for (1/3) ÷ 4, and use a visual fraction model to show the quotient. Use the relationship between multiplication and division to explain that (1/3) ÷ 4 = 1/12 because (1/12) × 4 = 1/3.
Interpret division of a whole number by a unit fraction, and compute such quotients. For example, create a story context for 4 ÷ (1/5), and use a visual fraction model to show the quotient. Use the relationship between multiplication and division to explain that 4 ÷ (1/5) = 20 because 20 × (1/5) = 4.
Common Core Math Article - Dividing Fractions
by Kimberly Wasylyk
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