Lesson Plan

Multiplication of Mixed Numbers with Area Models

Teach your students to use an area model to solve multiplication problems with mixed numbers.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use an area model to solve multiplication problems with mixed numbers.

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

Introduction

(10 minutes)
  • Review area models with whole numbers by showing students an example (see related media).
  • Explain, "Today we are going to use area models to multiply a mixed number times a whole number."
  • Remind students that a mixed number is a number that has a whole number and a fraction, like 5½.

Beginning

  • Allow students to use their home language (L1) or new language (L2) in their discussions.
  • Provide definitions in their L1 or L2 for the following words: "area model," "mixed number," "whole number," "multiply," "fraction," "area," etc.

Intermediate

  • Write the academic language they can use throughout the lesson on the board as you introduce the language.
  • Have a student restate the objective for today's lesson.