Understanding Fraction Multiplication: It Counts!

Jennifer Bay-Williams

Some ideas to ponder:

Which of these is a “whole number multiplied by a fraction”?

5 x 1/4              2/3 x 1/2           1/2 x 6

What does counting have to do with multipying fractions?

Which of the three examples above is really a counting activity?

Packet: Understanding Fraction Multiplication (PDF)

Jennifer Bay-Williams

Jennifer Bay-Williams

Jennifer is on the NCTM Board of Directors and is a professor at the University of Louisville. She is passionate about ensuring that all students have access to important mathematics, the focus of courses she teaches, workshops, articles, and books. She loves working with children, teachers, and all things NCTM.

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