Students will be able to multiply fractions with like and unlike denominators.

Materials

Fraction rings or manipulatives of some kind (such as unifix cubes or counters)

Fraction sheets or worksheets with fractions problems for students to solve

Warm-up

Review the concept of fractions and what they represent.

Ask students to give examples of fractions they have seen before, and explain how to multiply fractions.

Direct Instruction

Introduce the concept of multiplying fractions with unlike denominators.

Show how to rewrite the fractions as fractions with the same denominator, and then multiply the numerators.

Demonstrate how to simplify the fraction after multiplying the numerators.

Explain the importance of checking the final result by reducing the resulting fraction to its lowest form.

Guided Practice

Have students work in pairs to complete a set of practice problems on multiplying fractions with unlike denominators.

Walk around the classroom and provide assistance as needed.

Independent Practice

Have students work on a project-based activity in which they create a multiplication table for a given fraction. They should use a variety of different fraction models (decimals, fractions with like and unlike denominators, prime decomposition) to find the fractions needed for the table.

Closure

Review the key points of the lesson, including the process for multiplying fractions, the concept of like and unlike denominators, and the importance of checking the final answer.

Ask students to share their fraction multiplication tables and explain how they used different fraction models to create them.

Assessment

Observe students during the independent practice activity to assess their understanding of the process for multiplying fractions.

Have students complete a short quiz or worksheet to check their ability to multiply fractions with like and unlike denominators.

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