Mixed Number: A fraction with a whole number and a fraction.
Improper Fraction: A fraction with a value greater than 1.
Before students are able to multiply mixed numbers they need a strategy to distribute the values of both numbers to each other. An efficient strategy is to place the value of the whole number in the numerator. This will give us an improper fraction. When doing this work with your mathematician have them first make a visual model and explain it. After they can explain the process then they can use an algorithm. An example of a model students may use and an algorithm are below.