Multiplying Whole Numbers & Fractions

Grades 3-5 / Math / Reasoning
CCSS: Math.4.NF.B.4b Math.Practice.MP2 Math.Practice.MP3

Common Core State Standards

Math

Math

4

Grade 4

NF

Number & Operations--Fractions

B

Build fractions from unit fractions

4b

Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction by a whole number.


a. Understand a fraction a/b as a multiple of 1/b. For example, use a visual fraction model to represent 5/4 as the product 5 × (1/4), recording the conclusion by the equation 5/4 = 5 × (1/4).


b. Understand a multiple of a/b as a multiple of 1/b, and use this understanding to multiply a fraction by a whole number. For example, use a visual fraction model to express 3 × (2/5) as 6 × (1/5), recognizing this product as 6/5. (In general, n × (a/b) = (n × a)/b.)


c. Solve word problems involving multiplication of a fraction by a whole number, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem. For example, if each person at a party will eat 3/8 of a pound of roast beef, and there will be 5 people at the party, how many pounds of roast beef will be needed? Between what two whole numbers does your answer lie?


Grade 4 expectations in this domain are limited to fractions with denominators 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 100.

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Common Core State Standards

Math

Math

Practice

Mathematical Practice Standards

MP2

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations. They bring two complementary abilities to bear on problems involving quantitative relationships: the ability to decontextualize--to abstract a given situation and represent it symbolically and manipulate the representing symbols as if they have a life of their own, without necessarily attending to their referents—and the ability to contextualize, to pause as needed during the manipulation process in order to probe into the referents for the symbols involved. Quantitative reasoning entails habits of creating a coherent representation of the problem at hand; considering the units involved; attending to the meaning of quantities, not just how to compute them; and knowing and flexibly using different properties of operations and objects.

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Common Core State Standards

Math

Math

Practice

Mathematical Practice Standards

MP3

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Mathematically proficient students understand and use stated assumptions, definitions, and previously established results in constructing arguments. They make conjectures and build a logical progression of statements to explore the truth of their conjectures. They are able to analyze situations by breaking them into cases, and can recognize and use counterexamples. They justify their conclusions, communicate them to others, and respond to the arguments of others. They reason inductively about data, making plausible arguments that take into account the context from which the data arose. Mathematically proficient students are also able to compare the effectiveness of two plausible arguments, distinguish correct logic or reasoning from that which is flawed, and--if there is a flaw in an argument--explain what it is. Elementary students can construct arguments using concrete referents such as objects, drawings, diagrams, and actions. Such arguments can make sense and be correct, even though they are not generalized or made formal until later grades. Later, students learn to determine domains to which an argument applies. Students at all grades can listen or read the arguments of others, decide whether they make sense, and ask useful questions to clarify or improve the arguments.

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Lesson Objective
Extend understanding of multiplication as repeated addition
Length
9 min
Questions to Consider
How did Ms. Spies create opportunities for students to share and learn from others?
What did students learn by critiquing the teacher's solutions?
How did Ms. Spies help her students further their understanding of multiplication as repeated addition?
Common Core Standards
Math.4.NF.B.4b, Math.Practice.MP2, Math.Practice.MP3

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Grades 3-5 / Math / Reasoning

Multiplying Whole Numbers & Fractions