We discuss each one and how it relates back to multiplication and division.
My students then use this chart (and the printable version I provide – available for free in the next section) to support them as they solve word problems.
I also use student names or teacher names in the problems whenever possible and friendly fractions for easy modeling and visualizing.
Multiplying Fractions Introductory Word Problem: While shopping at a bakery, Ms. How I Use the Introductory Word Problems: I write the problem on an anchor chart, gather my students at our mini-lesson area (around a large rug) and follow these steps: : I teach both of these concepts separately for about a week each.
They read the word problem and then check the chart for a matching situation.
Since it is impossible to expose students to every type of situation and context, the blurb at the end of the chart is key.
Word problems fractions = a lot of struggle for many students.
Especially when you throw in new concepts like multiplying and dividing fractions.
On this post, I will share an anchor chart and a free word problem sort that helps my students solve these types of fraction word problems and see the difference/connection between the two.
Note: This is based on 5th grade standards and focuses only on multiplying fractions less than 1 and dividing with unit fractions and whole numbers.