In this lesson, students will develop a general method to multiply a fraction by a fraction. Deduce the generalized method for multiplying a fraction times a fraction. Use this generalized method to compute products of fractions and fractions. Simplify computations before performing them and understand that this is more efficient than simplifying afterward. Before computing a product of a whole number and a fraction, predict whether the product will be greater than, equal to, or less than the whole number. Solve word problems that involve the multiplication of a fraction by a fraction.