The Powerpoint breaks multiplying fractions into step by step instructions and allows the students to attempt the skill on their paper, white board, or on the provided foldables. Two Foldables can be printed from the Powerpoint so students can keep track of the steps, attempt an example, and write down the strategy. There is a vocabulary foldable and a multiplying fractions foldable. My students looked at my multiplying fractions foldable and told me it was upside down, but once they cut it out and folded it, they saw it was right.
Fractions can be such a challenging topic. After adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators, multiplication feels like a relief. The main challenge is teaching multiplication without losing addition and subtraction.
I used this PowerPoint with my fifth graders to introduce multiplication. It reviews fraction vocabulary, practices multiplying fractions with and without simplifying fractions. It follows that with a mixed review so that they have the chance to learn something new in comparison to what they already know.
During this time, I had the students do the practice problems on their white boards.
I showed this Powerpoint on my Smart Board.
10-30 Multiplying Fractions
31-40 Mixed Review: Add Fractions, Subtract Fractions, and Multiply Fractions
40-41 Teachers Resources
43 Foldable Steps to Add Fractions with Unlike Denominators
44 Foldable Vocabulary Handout
This is part of my Multiply Fractions Bundle
Multiply Fractions PowerPoint
Multiply a Fraction by a Fraction Task Cards
Multiply Fractions by a Whole Number Task Cards
Multiply Mixed Number Task Cards
Common Core Standards Addressed:
Fifth Grade Common Core Standards 5.NF.4
Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.
Interpret the product (a/b) × q as a parts of a partition of q into b equal parts; equivalently, as the result of a sequence of operations a × q ÷ b. For example, use a visual fraction model to show (2/3) × 4 = 8/3, and create a story context for this equation. Do the same with (2/3) × (4/5) = 8/15. (In general, (a/b) × (c/d) = ac/bd.)
Be sure to check out my FREEBIE: Identify Fraction Cards
Could your students use more help with Equivalent Fractions?
Check out the Equivalent Fraction Bundle
Identify Equivalent Fractions Using Models
Equivalent to One
Replace Mixed Numbers with an Improper Fraction
Replace Improper Fractions with a Mixed Number
and a game:
Equivalent Fractions Game and Vocabulary