Multiply Fractions Using Area Models with a Freebie for YOU!

Confession.  Math was my worst subject in school.  Calculus?  I honestly don't know how I survived college level calc with Dr. K.  I think he just took pity on me.  

Looking back now, I had some not so great math teachers.  I don't want to be that teacher - I mean, who aims for "not so great"?   I want to be the teacher that I wish I had when I was young.  Now, I LOVE math and LOVE teaching math.  I want my students to LOVE math too.  That's a lot of love.   To become the math teacher I wish I had, I seek and create ways to make math meaningful, hands-on and fun!  

When it came time to start multiplying fractions with my 5th graders, I remembered how difficult it was to use area models with my 5th graders last year.  It was so difficult because our district-provided math text has students creating fraction models in tiny boxes and then shading them in.  Ironically, the lesson is titled "Hands-On Multiply Fractions".  Drawing models is not hands-on enough for me!
I had an idea to use clear fraction models that they could overlap to see the area models multiply. I immediately thought of overhead transparency film and that YES I could print models on this!  I created fraction models, printed them, cut them out and viola! Perfect.  

I allowed my students a chance to play with the models first.

Next,  I modeled how to multiply fractions using the area model using this terrific online interactive,  I also modeled how to use the fraction transparency models using my document camera.

I let my students "play" with the models on their individual white boards.  They created and solved their own problems.  They LOVED this activity.

Lay out the transparency models - one vertical, one horizontal

Slide the models to overlap and find the product
I created  area model problem pages for students to use the models to create and solve the problem and then draw the models and the product.

Here's a preview of the full product Multiply Fractions with Area Models available in my TeachersPayTeachers store!  It also includes a set of expressions and product models for students to sort - great in workstations for extra practice.

AND  I've created a freebie of the fraction models just for you!  Click on the image below to download the fraction models!

Thank YOU for stopping by!


  1. This is an awesome FREEBIE! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post!

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog Tidy Teacher! :)

  3. Hi there!

    Do you happen to have a PDF or document included anywhere with the models you used for the transparency film? I'd love to try that!

  4. Hi! Yes, just click on the "Freebie"image above to download a pdf of the models! Thanks for stopping by!


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