## Lesson: Dividing Fractions

Developing the Concept

After students understand how to divide fractions and are comfortable with the idea of reciprocals, you can present a division problem using mixed numbers.

**Materials:** none

**Preparation:** none

**Prerequisite Skills and Concepts:** Students should be able to model and divide with fractions using reciprocals and improper fractions. They should also know the division facts.

Write the expression 1 ÷ 2 on the board.

**Wrap-Up and Assessment Hints**

To assess students' progress, divide the class into two groups. Have each student write a division problem using mixed numbers similar to those in the problems you have presented. Have groups exchange papers and check each other's work. If some students still have difficulty, have them work in small groups, or pair them with a student who has mastered the skill. Encourage them to model the division first and then divide by using pencil and paper.