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Do your students have a tough time understanding what division and fractions have to do with each other? Or why taking a fraction of a whole number is equivalent to multiplying the number by that fraction? Need an easy lesson with manipulatives to help them understand?
Use this resource to make these ideas concrete, either as an introduction or as a quick review. It's especially helpful for your visual and hands-on learners, but all students will benefit. Students use linking cubes to work through each step of the problem. The cubes match the squares on the page so they can easily check their own progress.
The problems are presented in four ways in order to demonstrate to the student that the following four methods get the same result:
· Division of a whole number by a whole number
· Fraction of a whole number
· Fraction multiplied by a whole number
· Counting fractions on a number line
Resource includes 1 page of instructions and 2 problems (1/3 of 6 and 2/3 of 6) on 7 printable pages for the students. Resource also includes a page of linking cube-sized graph paper and a page of 3-cube rectangles that can be used if you want students to document their work on this activity.
Resource is color only; the color is important for understanding the idea.
You can see the full resource in the preview.
Additional required resource
- 18 linking cubes for each student (or group of students); 3 each of 6 colors
Recommended background knowledge
- Understanding of fractions of a shape (for example, 1/3 of a rectangle)
p.s. This product was not designed specifically to align with Common Core standards; however, I have tagged the relevant standards since most teachers follow them.