Students will have a basic understanding of fractions coming into 4th grade. In this unit students will get to explore new ways of representing fractions, including in a set of data, on number lines and using area models. Students will use their knowledge of fractions to compare fractions with like and unlike denominators.
Fractions are everywhere! In this hands-on lesson, your class will work together in groups to find real-world examples of fractions. As they discover more complicated fractions, students will create their own word problems with them.
Learning how to size up fractions and determine which is bigger or smaller is a lot simpler when you introduce real world objects, changing the study of comparing fractions from abstract to tangible. For more comparing fractions help, check out games and activities that involve some of students’ favorite objects, like candy or toys. When it comes time to practice adding fractions, your students will have a head start.
If your upper-elementary students need help comparing fractions, these resources are a great place to start. When comparing fractions with different denominators, students are reminded to multiply or divide to find a common denominator. Then, it’s all about comparing the numerator to determine greater than >, less than <, or equal to =. Students can learn how to compare fractions with hands-on activities, and you can choose from worksheets featuring fraction comparison problems to reinforce the strategies you teach for comparing fractions. Worksheets also help students compare fractions with visual fractions. As students complete these activities, they will learn more strategies for comparing fractions and develop confidence. You may want to start with comparing fractions with the same denominator before diving into these more advanced fraction problems featuring fractions with different denominators.