This activity allows students to get hands on practice multiplying fractions by whole numbers.
In this activity every student receives 25 skittles(or other manipulative) to model solving problems such as 3/4 x 16. They model separating the whole number, 16, into 4 equal groups and then taking 3 groups to represent 3/4 of the original amount.
The problems are scaffolded moving from a fully drawn model to having them create their own model.
This activity has been a favorite every year because it is hands on and DELICIOUS!