## Fraction Multiplication Using LEGO® Bricks—Teacher Edition (PDF)

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Fractions typically make up the largest percentage of most standardized tests and are one of the most complicated mathematical content areas for elementary school students. Too often, students do not understand why they need to know how to compute with fractions or why certain procedures work. The activities in this book provide clear visual representations of fractions and the operation of multiplication. Students learn the “why” behind the math, not simply the rote procedures for multiplying fractions.

*Fraction Multiplication Using LEGO*

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*Bricks—Teacher Edition,*Dr. Shirley Disseler has developed activities that work to help students learn how to multiply fractions, using a common toy available in most classrooms and homes—LEGO® bricks!

Fractions typically make up the largest percentage of most standardized tests and are one of the most complicated mathematical content areas for elementary school students. Too often, students do not understand why they need to know how to compute with fractions or why certain procedures work. The activities in this book

provide clear visual representations of fractions and the operation of multiplication. Students learn the “why” behind the math, not simply the rote procedures for multiplying fractions.

In this book, the hands-on activities using LEGO® bricks help students learn how to multiply fractions:

• using iteration

• using an area model

• by whole numbers

• by unit fractions

• as mixed numbers

Students also learn how the commutative property of multiplication relates to fractions.

The book starts at the most basic concepts and focuses on a specific topic in each chapter. Most students learn these concepts between grades 4 - 6.

Using LEGO® bricks to model math provides a universal language. Children everywhere recognize this manipulative.

It’s fun to learn when you’re using LEGO® bricks!