Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division.

Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (a/b = a ÷ b). Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. 

Visualizing the Exact Fish Problem

Students need examples of how to solve fraction problems. Here’s an example of how to practice visualizing the problem as a problem-solving technique.

Question: If you have 125 fish, 25 of which are over a foot long, what fraction of the fish are over one foot long?

Supplemental Game

In Fish Lake, players practice with fractions while learning math problem-solving strategies. They’ll also be introduced to Native American history. Watch out for poisonous snakes! Canoe through the rapids. Find enough food for your village’s survival. Figure out “what’s fair.” Who knew you could get this excited about fractions? Recommended for Grades 4 to 6. Available on Mac and PC. Like the video? You’ll love the game. Get Fish Lake here.

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