# Lesson 1

Equal Groups of Unit Fractions

### Lesson Purpose

### Lesson Narrative

In grade 3, students represented multiplication of whole numbers with arrays, equal-group drawings, area diagrams, and expressions. In an earlier unit, students used diagrams to represent and compare fractions. In this unit, they extend their understanding of multiplication to include equal groups of unit fractions while using familiar representations to support their thinking.

Students begin by looking at situations that involve fractional amounts of food items. Students may rely on given images and descriptions, their own drawings, their understanding of fractions, and what they know about writing and evaluating multiplication expressions for equal groups of whole-number objects. In future lessons, student will use more abstract diagrams and generalize the process of multiplying a whole number and a unit fraction.

- Representation

- MLR8

### Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

- Interpret and relate descriptions, drawings, and expressions that represent situations involving equal groups of fractions.

### Student Facing

- Let’s look at equal groups of fractions.

### Required Preparation

### CCSS Standards

### Lesson Timeline

Warm-up | 10 min |

Activity 1 | 20 min |

Activity 2 | 15 min |

Lesson Synthesis | 10 min |

Cool-down | 5 min |

### Teacher Reflection Questions

### Suggested Centers

- Rolling for Fractions (3–5), Stage 1: Equivalent Fractions (Supporting)
- Compare (1–5), Stage 5: Fractions (Supporting)