Lesson Plan

Area Models and Multiplying Fractions

Some understandings are revealed through repeated, clear and simple steps. Use this lesson plan to teach your students to illustrate area model for products when multiplying fractions. It’s a four-step adventure!
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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.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Area Models: Fraction Products 1
  • 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.)

Beginning

  • Allow students to share their ideas in their home language (L1) or their new language (L2). Give them the chance to draw their ideas about area and models.

Intermediate

  • Allow students to take notes, copying your teacher markings and drawing pictures to support their understanding.
  • Have them restate the definition for "area model" and rephrase the definition in their L1 or L2.