As a Permanently State Certified Math teacher for almost 30 years, I wanted to present some guidelines for trying to teach about reducing fractions at the junior high level. I hope the questions presented in this document are helpful to the student.
This is my personal "sausage method" I've used for multiplying and reducing fractions. It uses 4 "sausages" (or oval circles) to work on numerators and denominators before arriving at an answer in lowest terms. I've used it for at least 20 years,