Dividing Fractions

Division of fractions is more than keep, change, flip. A video explains the reason to use the reciprocal when dividing fractions. Using the interpretation of fractions as division problems, the video explains the relationship of dividing by a fraction and multiplying by its reciprocal. Pupils learn the skill by watching several examples.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Conduct a mini lesson to show how to use a fraction model to show the quotient of a fraction division problem
  • Provide several opportunities for learners to create reciprocals of fractions and whole numbers
Classroom Considerations

  • The class needs to know how to multiply fractions
Pros

  • Points out a common mistake
  • Provides a link to a related video on simplifying fractions
Cons

  • None
Common Core