Did I mention that these cards grew from the fact that I was pretty sure that many of my high-achieving students could solve the equations for multiplying fractions, but I was not sure that they truly understood what they were doing or why you would multiply a fraction by a fraction or a fraction by a whole number. With these cards, students were exposed to examples, had to represent what it meant on a picture, and had to create their own situations/word problems.
I included 16 task cards each for multiplying fractions times a whole number and fractions times a fraction. 8 of the cards in each set focus on modeling a word problem and 8 of the cards focus on writing a word problem and equation to represent a model.
I also made a version of the task cards that are one to a page so that you can show them on the smart board. This is actually how I used the problems to launch the lesson (students had their recording sheets and I displayed the cards on the board so that we could "math talk" about what we were thinking and share our representations.) After day 1, students worked on the task cards independently. These task cards fit 4th and 5th grade Common Core standards for fractions.
Have you checked out my other recent math posts? Here's a run-down:
Fractions Fractions Fractions (differentiation strategies and subtracting fractions with regrouping)Division with Fractional Parts (Multistep and CHALLENGING!)
Multiplying and Dividing Fractions with a Focus on Area Word Problem Task Cards (House Plans Themed)
Multiplying and Dividing Fractions Word Problem Task Cards (cupcake theme)
You can check out all of my fractions products HERE @ TPT
Oh yeah, I also made an "Everything Fractions" pinterest board, if you want to follow along. I've already pinned some goodies, especially websites for integrating technology in math, but I will keep pinning every time I see a great fraction idea.
I'm cooking up one more idea for an interactive fraction lesson that I hope I can make work...
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