Lesson Plan

Strategies for Comparing Fractions

Help your students see the variety of strategies they can use to compare fractions! Students will compare their strategies with that of their classmates. Use this lesson on its own or use it as support for the lesson Fraction Wars.
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Students will be able to compare fractions with different numerators and denominators.


Students will be able to explain and compare their strategies for comparing fractions using sentence starters.


(5 minutes)
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  • Write "Comparing Fractions" in the middle of a piece of chart paper. Lead students in a think-pair-share about numbers, symbols, or words they associate with this term. Provide the sentence stem, "When I think of comparing fractions, I think of..." to students as they think and talk with a partner. Invite students to share their word/number/symbol associations and record them in the area surrounding the word on the chart paper.
  • Validate students' responses as you record them.
  • Read aloud the content and language objective of the lesson and have students repeat them chorally.
  • Tell students that today they will practice comparing and contrasting strategies to compare fractions.