Phase: | After/Explain/Elaborate |
Activity: | Students should have been introduced to multiplying a whole number by a fraction and have had an opportunity to explore and investigate the concept. The teacher may choose to review the multiplying a whole number by a fraction as an introduction to this learning activity. This activity can be used to give students the chance to demonstrate their knowledge of multiplying a whole number by a fraction. The teacher should provide the students with a link to the website Multiply Fractions by Whole Numbers and explain directions for how to use the website. The students should have discovered in class that there are three simple steps to multiplying fractions by whole numbers: multiply tops, multiply bottoms, and simplify. During this activity, students will demonstrate how well they can apply those three simple steps to multiplying fractions by whole numbers to solve word problems. Some questions will have multiple choice answers while others will require a free-response. There are four levels and students advance to each level based on correct answers. As students explore the game, the teacher should walk around the room and observe any students who might be struggling to correctly apply the three simple steps when multiplying a fraction by a whole number. The game also includes a built-in scratchpad for students to demonstrate their thinking. |
Assessment Strategies: | The game itself can be used as an assessment. If playing the game as a whole group, the teacher can ask the students to answer each problem in their math journals and highlight the answer before giving the correct answer to the class. If playing the game individually, the teacher will want to circulate around the room to observe the class for struggling students. |
Advanced Preparation: | Internet-connected devices will be needed to play the game. If the teacher wishes to play the game whole group, an interactive whiteboard and projector will also be needed. |
Variation Tips (optional): | This game allows students to utilize a scratchpad to demonstrate their thinking. Students will click on the scratchpad and using the pencil icon, draw right over the word problem to solve the equation. The game also allows students to have the word problem read to them for students who may struggle with reading. This game could be used as a whole group activity or assigned as an individual activity. When using it whole group, teachers can allow students to answer in their math journals first, highlight the answers, then answer on the interactive whiteboard as a whole group. |
Notes or Recommendations (optional): | ALCOS 2019 4.16). Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a whole number times a fraction. Model and explain how a non-unit fraction can be represented by a whole number times the unit fraction. Extend previous understanding of multiplication to multiply a whole number times any fraction less than one. Solve word problems involving multiplying a whole number times a fraction using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem. |
Keywords and Search Tags: | compose, decompose, equation, fraction, nonunit fraction, unit fraction, whole number |