       DIVIDE FRACTIONS LESSON PLAN ELEMENTARY TEACHING CONSUMER MATH UNIT SPENDING MONEY VOLUME EXAMPLE STUDENTS PRACTICE LIFE SKILLS LEARNING LESSONS TEACHER LIFE SKILLS CONCEPTS ACTIVITIES  Students learn how to divide fractions. # How Many Quarters in One Dollar?

Objectives:

1.  The student will be able to find the reciprocal of a whole number and a fraction.

2.  The student will be able to convert a fraction division problem into a fraction multiplication problem by finding the reciprocal and changing the division sign into a multiplication sign.

3. The student will be able to write a whole number in fraction form.

4. The student will be able to accurately divide fractions.

5. The student will be able to write fractions in simplest form.

Standards:  NCTM Standards: 1, 6, 9, 10           Materials:

• Dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, pennies

• Option – Cut up strips of paper, blocks

Procedure:

1.  Warm-up:  Bring in dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. Ask students how many of each coin are in one dollar. Represent this with stacks of coins. Ask students if they can express these amounts as fractions.

2.  Motivate the Lesson: Ask students if they know how to multiply fractions. Explain that dividing fractions is very similar. Ask them if they know how to find a reciprocal and if they can give examples of fractions and their reciprocals.

3. Proceed through the lesson with the “Question of the Day”. Use money, strips of cut up paper, or blocks to represent fractions.

4. Verify that students understand how to find reciprocals. Verify that they understand the steps of fraction division by going through the examples provided.

*Stress that you find the reciprocal of the bottom fraction and change the division sign to a multiplication sign. Stress that you do NOT need a common denominator in order to multiply fractions.

5. Have students complete the How to Divide Fractions Worksheet for homework. Print out the following pages for use with this lesson:

 HOW TO DIVIDE FRACTIONS LESSON Lesson excerpt - How many quarters are in one dollar? How many dimes are in one dollar? How many nickels are in one dollar? These are basic money questions that you should understand, especially if you purchase anything at the store. Before reading further, take a moment to answer these questions in your head. Then read ahead to see if you were correct. (continued...) HOW TO DIVIDE FRACTIONS WORKSHEET Student worksheet on dividing fractions. Do you have a recommendation for an enhancement to this consumer math lesson, or do you have an idea for a new lesson?  Then leave us a suggestion. For more consumer math lessons and worksheets see: Spending Money, Consumer Math, Lesson Plans, Worksheets       To teach and learn money skills, personal finance, money management, business, careers, and life skills please go to the Money Instructor home page.  Teaching Dividing Fractions Money Math Lesson Plan Activity Fourth Grade - Fifth Grade - Sixth Grade - Third Grade - Special Education - Teens - Teenagers - Kids Free Instruct - Theme - Thematic Unit - Children  -  Classroom Review  © 2002-2006 Money Instructor 