# Teaching multiplying fractions

Saturday, November 3, Multiplying Decimals Now that we have finished up multiplication, and my students have a solid foundation of multi-digit multiplication, we have moved on to multiplying decimals I had originally planned to go on to patterning and functions, but decided this was a more logical step in the sequence. Patterning will be NEXT. We started by creating a flow map to put into our math journals, which I made into an anchor chart to hang in the room I have seen this taught many different ways, but I felt like it was important for students to understand WHY they are placing the decimal where they are, rather than just counting up the decimal places and plopping it in. Wednesday, April 3, Multiplying Fractions We finished up adding and subtracting fractions right before the break, and now we are hitting multiplying and dividing fractions. We began with multiplying fractions, and we did a mega-anchor chart. I teach 4th grade TAG students, so I am technically teaching them 5th grade standards, but they often need a review of 4th grade standards, so we bundled it all into one.

Here is our big multiplying fractions anchor chart! We covered multiplying whole numbers by fractions, multiplying fractions by fractions, and multiplying mixed numbers.

Since part of the common core requires that they use visual area models for multiplying fractions, we had some fun with tracing paper! Each kiddo got two pieces of identical tracing paper and broke it into parts. Then, when you lay them on top of one another, you can see where it forms an area model that is the same as the multiplied denominators, and the overlapping colored sections are your numerator.

We put them up on the window because you could really see the overlap on the tracing paper when we did it this way. The kids also copied notes into their math journal, and then showed the step by step of the area models. They used tracing paper for this, too, but they showed the steps to get to the final area model.

We had so much fun practicing multiplying fractions! My mountain view was covered in clouds and fog today! I was so bummed. Finally, we worked on our multiplying fractions task cards. I'm writing a post about them over at Task Card Corner because they are a great example of how I scaffold task cards to differentiate and meet the needs of students.

But, here is a sneak peek at them! If you are looking for even more resources for teaching operations with fractions, stop by my store to see the Ultimate Fraction Operations Resource Bundle!Looking for a helpful multiplying fractions activity?

This fun and super easy set of puzzles will help kids practice this difficult concept (mixed numbers). Enjoy this *Free* four-page fraction assessments or printables. There are four pages included, covering drawing and identifying fractions, fractions on a number line, comparing and ordering fractions, and equivalent fractions.

Answer key included. Enjoy! **Check out my FRACTIONS Task Cards!**. Math Help for Fractions: Easy-to-understand lessons for kids, parents and teachers.

Practice what you learn with games and quizzes. GET STARTED: Find test dates/locations, materials, and more. Multiplying Fractions Math Riddle.

Students will multiply the fractions and reduce the answer to lowest terms. They will use their answers to solve a math riddle. Differentiated worksheet including functional, exam-type questions covering multiplication of fractions. Answers included. Primary Resources: Maths: Numbers and the Number System: Fractions, Decimals & Percentages