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.
Students are going to take a deeper dive into fractions in this unit! Learners will apply previous understanding of finding equivalent fractions, and converting between fractions and mixed numbers to work with fractions in more complex ways. Students will continue to use visual models to learn and practice adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.
This lesson helps your students become confident mathematicians when it comes to representing fractions visually in a variety of ways. Use this lesson as a pre-lesson to Fraction Hunt or teach it independently.
Line them up! Placing fractions on a number line helps students understand the relative value of and relationship between different fractions. Lesson plans utilize hands on activities and manipulations of fractions on a number line to teach children how to work with fractions. As students become more comfortable with fractions, you can have them compare decimals and fractions. Find teaching strategies and guided practice for your child with our Fractions on a Number Line Skills Guide.
Constructive Resources on Number Line Resources
There are more ways to express a fraction than with a numerator and denominator. Fractions can also be represented as decimals and on number lines. The benefit to plotting fractions on a number line is that it provides students with a visual example of where a fraction exists between two whole numbers.
For sources on fractions on a number line, there are lesson plans like Number Line Time that focus on the distance between 0 and 1. Kids gain an understanding of how to translate fractions to the correct linear point. Because fractions commonly appear in money equations, Fractions on the Dollar with Number Lines instructs students to pinpoint cents on a number line. There are helpful printable worksheets like Measuring Cup Musings that prove the practical use of number lines when used on measuring cups. There are also a couple of vocabulary and glossary printouts to ensure that students understand number lines and math language like equivalent and bar model. There are many online games and activities for students to receive instant feedback on number line equations.