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Multiplying Fractions Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 5 pages | Grades: 5 - 6

Practice multiplying fractions with a set of 12 task cards.

Wouldn’t it be nice if all numbers we came across every day were simple round numbers?

It would be nice… but it’s not realistic. 

We share pizzas. We cut lumber. We measure time. 

And it’s for the reasons above (and countless others), we use fractional operations to help us consolidate those tricky partial numbers. 

How to Use Our Multiplying Fractions Task Cards

Use this resource in your math center, as a small group activity, or a whole class exercise (see below) to practice multiplying proper and mixed fractions.

Provide each student with a recording sheet (included) and the task cards to solve each multiplication problem. 

Task cards can be used with mini whiteboards, math notebooks, smartboards, etc. This resource can also be used for a quick math lesson warm-up.

Scaffolding and Extension Tips + More Multiplying Fractions Activities

Challenge students who already understand the concept to create their own task cards, and switch with a friend to complete each other’s fraction problems. 

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by reducing the number of cards and working in small groups. You can also use this resource as an intervention activity. 

Use this resource as independent practice for fast finishers, and for full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more.

Scoot Activity

Place the playing cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign each student a number to start. Give students an appropriate amount of time to work the problem, and then say, “SCOOT.” At this time, the students will rotate to the next card. Continue in this manner until students have made it through all of the cards. 

Exit Activity

After you go through your multiplying fractions lesson, pass out cards to students as a math problem they will answer on their own. Provide them with their own sticky note so that they can turn in their answer as a formative assessment, making sure to write their name on the sticky note (or use our Sticky Note Printing Guide + Template). 

Mirror Game

This activity is a spin on the classic “Newlywed Game” and works best with small groups because you’ll need enough dry erase boards and markers for each student. Divide the students into 2 groups, and have the students sit down in 2 lines facing each other. Use your smartboard or projector to show a task card and give students an appropriate amount of time to solve the problem. On your cue (for example, you say “Ready, Set, Go!”) the students turn their boards around so their partner can see their answer. If both students in a pair have the correct answer, they get 2 points. If one has the correct answer, the team gets 1 point.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks: cut out the cards and punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring.

To turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity, print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse.

Before You Download

Use the drop-down icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download.


This resource was created by Heather Chambers, a teacher in Texas and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

 

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