Behind the Music: Exploring the Multiplication and Division of Fractions

Kia Aisha Dessaure, Math, John Motley Morehead S.T.E.M. Academy

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Implementing Common Core Standards

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This unit is designed to help scholars learn the process for multiplying and dividing fractions.  This unit was created for use in an honors level sixth grade mathematics course, but can be modified and taught to grade levels five through seven.  The unit begins with an introduction of the multiplication and division of fractions, and how music theory can be integrated into math.  Scholars will have opportunities to complete literacy tasks such as jigsaws and the Frayer Model, explore the science behind the sound of music, engage in the musical mathematical chairs kinesthetic activity, and complete artistic designs by creating a dancing musical note foldable.  Music will be used throughout activities as a behavior management and time keeping strategy.

 This unit is aligned with the North Carolina Common Core State Standards for grades fifth and sixth.