. Grade 4, Illustrative icon

Sugar in six cans of soda

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

This task provides a familiar context allowing students to visualize multiplication of a fraction by a whole number. This task could form part of a very rich activity which includes studying soda can labels. Unfortunately, the information about sugar content is usually given in grams and converting grams of sugar to cups of sugar is not in the fourth grade standards. Nonetheless work on this problem can pave the way to a richer discussion of this conversion when it is appropriate in the middle school grades.

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