Lesson Plan

Equivalent Fractions Using Area Models

Teach your students to create equivalent fractions by multiplying by different fraction forms of 1 whole like 2/2 or 4/4. This lesson also includes drafts of area models.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the The Missing Numerator in Equivalent Fractions pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the The Missing Numerator in Equivalent Fractions pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to create equivalent fractions by multiplying by different fraction forms of 1 whole and draft an accompanying 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)
Multiplying Fractions with Fractions
  • Ask your class what is 6 x 1 and 21 x 1? Continue until they realize that any number you give, multiplied by 1, results in the number itself.
  • Tell your students that this concept has a name, the identity property, and in this lesson, we will use this concept as we generate equivalent fractions. Equivalent means of equal value.

Beginning

  • Provide student-friendly definitions for the terms "generate," "equivalent," and "identity property" in English (L2) and if possible, in students' home language (L1).

Intermediate

  • Have students repeat or explain the meaning of the "identity property" to a partner.