Unit 2, Lesson 3# Using Visual Models to Multiply a Unit Fraction by a Whole Number in Context

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 60 min(s)

In this lesson, students will shift focus to multiplication of fractions. Students will multiply a unit fraction by a whole number and use expressions, equations and visual models to explain their thinking. In the next lesson, students will extend this to multiplication of a whole number by a non-unit fraction using equations and visual models. Basic understanding of what it means to look for structure in mathematics. Multiplication of whole numbers can be represented by the area model and a number lineConsistent use of visual models (fraction strip, number line, etc.)