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# Simplify to Multiply – Multiplying Fractions Match-Up Activity

• Updated:  02 Feb 2023

Practice simplifying before multiplying fractions with this match-up activity.

• Non-Editable:  PDF

• Pages:  1 Page

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teaching resource

# Simplify to Multiply – Multiplying Fractions Match-Up Activity

• Updated:  02 Feb 2023

Practice simplifying before multiplying fractions with this match-up activity.

• Non-Editable:  PDF

• Pages:  1 Page

Practice simplifying before multiplying fractions with this match-up activity.

## Multiplying Fractions Activity

When multiplying fractions, simplifying them before multiplying is often a good idea to make the calculation easier. Simplifying a fraction means dividing both the numerator and denominator by a common factor until no common factors remain.

It’s important to note that simplifying a fraction does not change its value, but it does make it more readable and easy to work with. Also, when the numerator and denominator have common factors, it is sometimes easier to factor them out before multiplying instead of simplifying.

If you are looking for an activity to use with your students to practice simplifying before multiplying, you have come to the right place! Teach Starter has created a match-up activity that your students can complete to gain the confidence they need with multiplying fractions.

Prior to student use, cut apart the 36 task cards. For each mathematical expression (green cards), identify the simplified expression (blue card), and solve to find the product (tan card). Record matches on the student recording sheet provided.

Through this activity, students will have the opportunity to practice the skill of simplifying before multiplying.

## Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your math lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use this match-up activity to enhance learning through guided math groups or whole class lessons.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:

### 🆘 Support Struggling Students

Use in guided groups so the teacher can assist with the activity. Additionally, consider removing half of the cards so students have fewer cards to work with.

### ➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Students that need a challenge can create their own task cards with challenging numbers and have another student try to match them.

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies!

## 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.

Sustainability Tip: Print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.

This resource was created by Jillian Sloane, a teacher in West Virginia and Teach Starter Collaborator.

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