Creativity through Fractions!

Integrating fractions and mathematical communication, students create math-based murals using simple art materials and techniques. Nationally credentialed teaching artist Molly Johnson introduces the work of professional artists who use math as their inspiration. Students do the same and practice conceptual, representational, and abstract understandings of fractions. This residency engages students’ creativity and mathematical thinking through hands-on artmaking.

NJSLS Standards

  • 3.NF.A.1: Understand a fraction.
  • 4.NF.B.4: Multiply a fraction by a whole number.
  • 5.NF.B.5: Interpret multiplication as scaling.
  • 5.NF.B.6: Solve real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers.
  • 5.NF.B.7: Divide fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by fractions.

Kid Friendly Standards


  • We can explain what fractions represent.
  • We can recognize fractional parts of a whole.


  • We can represent fractions using various multiplication equations.


  • We can explain the result of multiplying a given number by a fraction greater than and less than 1.


  • We can solve real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers.


  • We can explain the relationship between multiplication, division, and fractions.
  • We can represent the context of a word problem (involving division of fractions) using models and equations.
  • We an solve word problems involving division of fractions using a variety of strategies.

Number & Operation Fractions

Measurment & Data

SEL Competencies


Meet Molly Johnson

Molly is a proud part of the Young Audiences New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania family, where her art residencies blend discovery in hands on making with reading, social studies, math, social and emotional learning, and community-mindedness. She continuously strives to keep her professional artistry ever-fresh by engaging her visual art skills within public art projects and a regular gallery presence.

Molly aims to teach students unique, innovative, and creative ways of understanding the world around them.

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