Task# New Park

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

Part 1 of this task is designed to elicit student thinking about multiplication of fractions and the commutative property. An entry-level task into the concept, students can solve the problem without recognizing that they can multiply the fractions to find the fraction of the park that is the soccer field. Through discussion of the task and student solutions, students can extend and apply their previous understandings of multiplication of whole numbers and their growing understanding of the meaning of fraction multiplication to see that the commutative property still holds when multiplying fractions.