Three Tips for Teaching Fraction Multiplication
Multiplying Mixed Numbers
How much do your 6th grade math students love multiplying mixed numbers?? If they're like mine, they might not love it at first:-)
I love teaching fraction multiplication in middle school math--and I especially love teaching multiplication of mixed numbers. Why?
Because we have fun exploring why multiplying mixed numbers DOESN'T work a certain way.
Inevitably, when we start multiplying mixed numbers (which students have done in 5th grade math, but we review in 6th grade), some students want to multiply the fractions by the fractions and then multiply the whole numbers by the whole numbers.
And I can see why they might think that's ok - after all, when they add and subtract fractions, they add/subtract the whole numbers and fractions separately.
Multiplying Mixed Numbers Tip #1:
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