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Down the Rabbit Hole of Math

In Mrs. Hatch’s 6th Grade class at Bonner Middle School, we explored how to solve multiplication word problems involving fractions. Did you know that the author of “Alice in Wonderland”, Lewis Carroll was really a mathematician named Charles L. Dodgson? We used the story of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” to help students understand that multiplication can shrink quantities as well as enlarge them. Students reviewed the various things that happened to Alice after she ate cake or drank the potion. This is learning with a warped sense of humor and mind for math as only the Mad Hatter can deliver!

This lesson should result in a realization that Multiplication by a number less than 1 results in a product that is less than the original numbers, and multiplication by a number greater than 1 results in a product that is more than the original number.