Narrative for (NF) Number and Operations - Fractions

In Grade 4, students have some experience calculating sums of fractions with different denominators. They understand the process as expressing both quantities in terms of the same unit fraction so that they can be added. Grade 5 students extend this reasoning to situations where it is necessary to re-express both fractions in terms of a new denominator. Students make sense of fractional quantities when solving word problems, estimating answers mentally to see if they make sense.

Grade 4 students connected fractions with addition and multiplication. In Grade 5, students connect fractions with division, understanding a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator. Using the relationship between division and multiplication, students start working with simple fraction division problems. They 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.

Grade 5 work with multiplying by unit fractions, and interpreting fractions in terms of division, enables students to see that multiplying a quantity by a number smaller than 1 produces a smaller quantity. This work - interpreting multiplication as scaling (resizing), prepares students for Grade 6 work in ratios and proportional reasoning.

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