Canceling to Multiply Fractions - "Cross-Eyed Method" Fold-Up and Practice Pages
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After teaching my students how to multiply and divide fractions, I have students practice both skills until they have them mastered. Over the course of this process, students experience how unappealing multiplying larger numerators and denominators can be...not to mention how tedious reducing ‘large’ fractions to lowest terms can be. This product also contains a 2-sided practice page as well as answer keys.

Once the above has been accomplished, I share what I like to call “The Cross-Eyed Method”. Most textbooks call this "Canceling before Multiplying Fractions". Essentially this method reduces the fractions before multiplying. Therefore, not only are the numbers you multiply smaller, but if done completely your final answer will be in lowest terms!

This packet contains the materials needed to introduce the “Cross-Eyed Method” as well as practice the method.

• The first product is a matchbook fold-up. This fold-up explains how the method works and gives several examples. This would be a great resource for a math journal. Pictures of assembled fold-up is included.

• The second product in this packet is a ‘quirky’ fold-up that allows the students to practice the ‘cross-eyed’ method. This fold-up includes a front, inside and practice problems cards. I have included several pictures, as well directions, on assembly and use of the this product.
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Created: Aug 30, 2015

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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