This really helps the students conceptually understand the operations.When students are only exposed to algorithms, they may not fully understand the operation.I do this by using resources from my Multiplying and Dividing Fractions resource.
Before even beginning with word problems, I always introduce multiplying and dividing fractions (separately) with a context/situation.
And then we work through the situation and solve the problem/ answer the question using models.
As a result, they will struggle with choosing the correct operations when solving word problems.
Here are my go-to introductory word problems for when I first introduce multiplying and dividing fractions (again I introduce each one separately).
Let see what happens with a typical two-step equation with the distributive property.
How To Solve Math Problems With Fractions
Word problems fractions = a lot of struggle for many students.
I prefer to use fudge for all of my introductory word problems because I love fudge, my students love it, the contexts make sense and are relatable, and it is almost an inside joke between us by the middle of the year.
I also use student names or teacher names in the problems whenever possible and friendly fractions for easy modeling and visualizing.
After dinner that night, she ate 1/4 of the chocolate fudge that she bought. To do this, I use this anchor chart to show some of the situations and contexts that require multiplication and division of fractions.
We discuss each one and how it relates back to multiplication and division.