Multiplying Decimals with Area Model Lesson

I recently participated in a 5th grade lesson on multiplying decimals. The team had wanted to inquire about dividing fractions and decided this was the prior learning students were lacking to build a solid foundation. So a team of 6 of us spent a day researching standards, discussing the learning sequence, then collaboratively planning the lesson. With an expectation that we would all team teach, one brave teacher offered to lead the lesson in her classroom. She did the bulk of the hard work and we jumped in when we saw an opportunity for the perfect question. I was lucky that our support provider – a woman with wisdom and experience beyond my comprehension – was with us for this lesson since I’m still developing my proficiency in intermediate content. She pushed my thinking and what resulted from this 6 hour planning session was a lesson that blew all of our minds. Continue reading