Number and Operations—Fractions

Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions.

4. Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.

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In this 7-minute video Dr. David C. Geary describes how to build students' understanding of the concepts behind the operations with fractions. He identifies the reasoning behind several student misconceptions and urges teachers to use these misconceptions to build conceptual understanding. A transcript of the video is available in PDF format. | Video Grade Level: 4, 5 | |

In this article Pennant and Woodham discuss the importance of rich tasks in the teaching of fractions. In order to prepare for new more rigorous standards, the authors have compiled a list of rich tasks and a description of others that aim to improve how children think about fractions. | Activity, Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials, Article Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 |