Compare fractions with unlike numerators and unlike denominators using models and symbols
Comparing Fractions
Description This is a set of prompts consisting of purposely paired fractions to elicit the use of various strategies. The prompts may be used on different occasions depending on student readiness. Repeated practice and exploration in making comparisons between fractions will deepen student understanding. Encourage students to build models/representations and create contexts to support visualization of fractions, which in turn supports meaningmaking. 

Mathematics Research shows that it is beneficial to spread fraction learning throughout the year and embed it in other strands. These prompts progress in complexity from comparisons of equivalent fractions, to examples that include same denominators, to comparisons of very close fractions with different numerators and denominators. Students are encouraged to develop a range of different strategies and to use them strategically, based on the situation. 

Curriculum Connections Students will:


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Highlights of student thinking Students may:

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Materials Make tools available such as paper and markers, grid paper, paper strips for folding, and/or manipulatives such as relational rods. 