The entire program we use (I think it’s called Connected Mathematics) is based on the premise that students need to puzzle over some real life math problems, and understand WHY the math works, rather than just being told, “This is HOW to solve this type of problem.” I constantly need to hold myself back from helping too much.

Anyhoo, it’s a nifty way to picture multiplication of fractions, eh?

Hi, Kerri,

I hope this helps your daughter. This is a difficult concept. Lots of 11 year olds have trouble with it!

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