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**Objective:**

Child will be able to use bricks for beginning fraction multiplication.

**Essential Question(s):**

When multiplying whole numbers by a fraction, how can we visualize the mathematics?

**Special Materials**:

Dice, pencil and paper

Bricks Required:

1×2 bricks in three colors, 16×16 plates

**Project Structure
**

- Front-load fraction multiplication concepts.

**Explore:**

- Give child a handful of bricks, a 16×16 plate, and a pair of dice.
- Child rolls both dice to make a fraction multiplier, smaller number on top, then notes it on their paper.
- Child rolls one die to determine the whole number multiplicand.
- Child counts out 1×2 bricks to create their fraction: x number of color A for the numerator and then enough of color B to make the total for the denominator.
- Child continues counting out fractions until they have as many as the multiplicand, then counts how many of color A they have total.
- Child then groups as many of color C as color A, according to the denominator, to find the result of their multiplication sentence; they should reduce if necessary.

**Elaborate:**

- Ask child to create an explanation on how they are multiplying and visualizing the fractions so they can teach the process to others.
- Child should also explain the effects of multiplying by a number greater than 1 vs. less than.