Lesson plan

Divide a unit fraction by a whole number by drawing a picture

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.B.7a http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/5/NF/B/7/a
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP2

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This lesson introduces students to situations where unit fractions are divided by whole numbers. This task gives students a situation where there are only fractional parts of pans of brownies left and they must be divided evenly among 3 people. Drawing pictures to complete this task should set the students up to develop a concrete and conceptual understanding of dividing fractions by whole numbers. The mathematical concepts in this lesson build toward students' future work with division of fractions in sixth grade. Vocabulary: unit fraction, whole number, dividend, divisor, quotient Special Materials: None