### Lesson plan

# Area Models and Multiplying Fractions

#### Learning Objectives

Students will be able to illustrate products of a fraction times a fraction with an area model.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.

#### Introduction

*(5 minutes)*

- Show your students a T-chart with "area" for one column and "model" for the other. Ask your students to turn to a neighbor and tell them something they know about each word.
- Have students share out their ideas with the whole class and note their ideas in the T-chart.
- Draw a single column chart titled "Area Model" and repeat the previous inquiry and share process.
- Explain that today's lesson is about a particular
**area model**: a rectangular illustration often used to show products or sums of repeat addition. (Add this explanation to the area model chart.)

#### Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling

*(10 minutes)*

- Hand out and preview the four-step procedure on the Area Models: Fraction Products 1 worksheet with your students.

#### Guided Practice

*(10 minutes)*

- Lead your students through exercises 1 ,3 ,5, and 7 of the Area Models: Fraction Products 1 worksheet.

#### Independent working time

*(10 minutes)*

- Assign exercises 2, 4, 6, and 8 of the Area Models: Fraction Products 1 worksheet to your class.

#### Differentiation

**Support:**

- When leading your class through guided practice, allow students to read the instructions aloud and hand off to other students to guide the class through each exercise.
- As each exercise is a stage of the four-step process, pause to answer any clarifying questions along the way.

**Enrichment:**

- As an extra challenge, have students exchange one of the factors in an exercise for an improper fraction.

#### Technology Integration

- It's convenient to snap pictures of student work at different stages. Using student samples can be helpful when assisting others or for explanation references.
- Phone camera snapshots can be displayed quickly under document projectors, or downloaded into digital documents for later reference.

#### Assessment

*(5 minutes)*

- Show your class an area model for
**¼ x ⅝**. - Have students tell you the equation and explain its relationship to the area model.
- Share with your students that they will be reviewing peer work and to think of a related compliment or question as they do so.

#### Review and closing

*(15 minutes)*

- Share with your students that they will be reviewing peer work and to think of a related compliment or question as they do so.
- Hand out two sticky notes per student. Perform a "silent gallery walk" review of student work by:
- Having students place their work on their desks.
- Stand quietly and walk around to view each other's work.
- Offer a related question or compliment using the sticky notes (allow up to two notes per work displayed).
- After the gallery walk, have students review their feedback and place their sticky notes on a poster chart or board labeled "feedback." (These notes can be reviewed later for a lesson of providing effective feedback!)
- Collect student work to review later for student understanding.
- Display some of the pictures you took of student work and allow students to discuss which stage in the problem solution each picture refers to.