Lesson Plan

Linking Line Plots and Fractions

Can your students link line plots with fractions? In this interactive, hands-on math lesson, students will learn how to use a line plot to add fractions and solve corresponding word problems.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to create a line plot that includes fractions of a unit to help them solve problems.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
Teacher Modeling ProblemFraction Math GameGuided Practice ProblemDonut DataLooking at Line PlotsPeachy Line PlotsAdding Fractions
  • Introduce the lesson with a fraction match game. Distribute one card per student and have each student illustrate what their fraction represents on the rectangle provided.
  • Have the students mingle around the room and find a partner or group with an equivalent fraction. (If there will be duplicate cards, tell the students that only one type of fraction can be in each group.)
  • Once students have returned to their seats, tell the students that they will be learning how to use fractional parts on a line plot to solve problems. Different fractions will be combined to find the answers to the problems.


  • Allow students to use their home language (L1) or new language (L2) in their discussions.
  • Define terms such as "fractional parts," "line plot," "combine," "word problems," etc., and provide a visual of the meanings.


  • Write the academic language students can use throughout the lesson on the board as you introduce the language.
  • Ask them to restate the meanings of the new vocabulary terms or use them in a sentence.

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1 game
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fifth grade
Subject Math