Lesson 4
Equal Groups of NonUnit Fractions
Lesson Purpose
The purpose of this lesson is to apply understandings from previous lessons to multiply a nonunit fraction by a whole number.
Lesson Narrative
Previously, students learned that any unit fraction multiplied by a whole number results in multiples of that unit fraction. They also learned that any fraction can be written as a multiplication expression of a unit fraction by a whole number. In this lesson, students notice that they can multiply any fraction and a whole number by reasoning about the number of groups and amount in each group. They generalize that they can multiply the numerator by the whole number to find the number of parts. They also see that the denominator remains the same because the size of each part is the same. In other words: \(n \times \frac{a}{b} =\frac{n \ \times \ a}{b}\).
 Representation
 MLR6
Learning Goals
Teacher Facing
 Recognize that $n \times \frac{a}{b} =\frac{n \ \times \ a}{b}$
 Use diagrams to represent and evaluate the product of a whole number and a nonunit fraction.
Student Facing
 Let’s multiply any fraction by a whole number.
Required Preparation
CCSS Standards
Addressing
Lesson Timeline
Warmup  10 min 
Activity 1  15 min 
Activity 2  20 min 
Lesson Synthesis  10 min 
Cooldown  5 min 
Teacher Reflection Questions
What part of the lesson went really well today in terms of students’ learning? What did you do that made that part go well?
Suggested Centers
 Rolling for Fractions (3–5), Stage 2: Multiply a Fraction by a Whole Number (Addressing)
 Rolling for Fractions (3–5), Stage 1: Equivalent Fractions (Supporting)
 Compare (1–5), Stage 5: Fractions (Supporting)
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