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.
Get your students to think deeply about fractions as they discuss which pictures show equivalence. Use this as a stand alone lesson or a pre-lesson for the *Equivalent Fractions: Are They Equal?* lesson.
When fractions have big numerators and denominators, it can be tough to find the simplest form. Fear not! Use this lesson plan to teach your students to find the simplest form using the greatest common factor.
Are these fractions really equal? Use this lesson to introduce the concept of equivalent fractions with your students. Teach this on its own or use it as support for the lesson Equivalent Fractions Using Area Models.
Help kids master fractions with the fun, fast-paced, math comparison game Fraction Wars. After a review, students are split into pairs to practice quickly comparing fractions with different numerators and denominators.
Help your students show their understanding as they explain how to add fractions with unlike denominators. Use this lesson on its own or as support to the lesson Make It Work! Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators.
Your child nails numerators and dominates denominators. Now that your student understands what a fraction is, it’s time to help them learn about equivalent fractions. Equivalent fractions are fractions that look different, but are actually the same. If your student needs a refresher, you can revisit our fractions resources. If your child feels ready to take on equivalent fractions, dive into our resources below.
Learn More About Equivalent Fractions
Equivalent fractions are fractions that look different, but they actually have the same value if you simplify them down. You can make equivalent fractions by multiplying or dividing the numerator and denominator by the same whole number. Need some more explanation? See our examples below!
You can multiply the numerator and denominator by the same number to get an equivalent fraction. Let’s take a look at how to make three equivalent fractions of 2⁄3 through multiplication:
2⁄3 × 2⁄2 = 4⁄6
2⁄3 × 3⁄3 = 6⁄9
2⁄3 × 4⁄4 = 8⁄12
Looking at these fractions, we can see that 2⁄3 = 4⁄6 = 6⁄9 = 8⁄12. These are all equivalent fractions!
Now that you’ve seen how to find equivalent fractions by multiplication, you can now make equivalent fractions by division. Let’s divide 18⁄36 to get equivalent fractions:
6⁄12 ÷ 2⁄2 = 3⁄6
6⁄12 ÷ 3⁄3 = 2⁄4
6⁄12 ÷ 6⁄6 =1⁄2
Similar to what we did earlier, we have now made four equivalent fractions: 6⁄12 = 3⁄6 = 2⁄4= 1⁄2.
If you keep in mind that in order to work with equivalent fractions you must multiply or divide the numerator and denominator by the same whole number, you’ll be blazing through our equivalent fractions worksheets in no time!