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Explaining Equivalent Fractions

In order to build a strong foundation with fractions, students should be able to explain the concept and their thinking. Use this as a stand alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for *Let's Play Equivalent Fractions!*
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Let's Play Equivalent Fractions! lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify and represent equivalent fractions using visual fraction models.

Language

Students will be able to explain why fractions are equivalent using peer supports and sentence stems.

Introduction

(4 minutes)
Graphic Organizer Template: Concept WebMatching Equivalent FractionsTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceHow Do You Know They’re Equivalent?Vocabulary Cards: Explaining Equivalent FractionsGlossary: Explaining Equivalent Fractions
  • Display a copy of the blank Concept Web graphic organizer on the document camera. Write the term equivalent fraction in the center, and access students' prior knowledge by asking them what they know about the term or words. Encourage them to share examples or their knowledge of the independent word parts in the term.
  • Support students as they share what they know by providing sentence stems:
    • Equivalent fractions are ________.
    • I know that ________.
    • An example is ________.
  • Share a real-world example of equivalent fractions. For example, "Maria has 1/3 of a cake, and Bruno has 2/6 of the same cake. Who has more?" Think aloud about the answer and how you know, and provide visuals to support your explanation.
  • Go over the student-friendly Language Objective with the class and have them repeat it aloud.