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One third of a rectangular playground is designed for young children. In that part of the playground, a play structure covers of the children’s space.  

  1. Use a drawing to represent the portion of the playground that is the play structure.

    Your diagram should look something like this, with the red portion representing the play structure.

    A rectangle with 3 rows and 5 columns. Bottom 2 rows, shaded light blue. Top row, left 2 squares, shaded red. Top row, right 3 squares, shaded dark blue.

  2. Represent the problem with multiplication.

    What fractions are discussed in the problem? How can you relate them?

  3. What fraction of the total playground is the play structure? Show all of your work.

    How many boxes are there in the whole diagram? How many boxes in the diagram represent the play structure?