Fraction multiplication as scaling refers to the process of multiplying a quantity by a fraction, where the product represents a scaled version of the original quantity.
When multiplying by a fraction less than 1, the product is always smaller than the original quantity. When multiplying by a fraction greater than 1, the product is always larger than the original quantity.
Understanding fraction multiplication as scaling helps students develop number sense, estimation skills, and critical thinking abilities. It also provides a foundation for more advanced mathematical concepts.