Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. (Standard #: MAFS.4.NF.1.2)

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Original Tutorials

Mama's Pizza, Butterflies, and Comparing Fractions Part 1

Help a family settle an argument about who got the most pizza and which butterfly was longer by comparing fractions using benchmarks and area models, in this interactive tutorial.

Subject Area(s): Mathematics

Grade Level(s): 4

Primary Resource Type: Original Tutorial

Other Resources

Flower Power: An Ordering of Rational Numbers Game

This is a fun and interactive game that helps students practice ordering rational numbers, including decimals, fractions, and percents. You are planting and harvesting flowers for cash. Allow the bee to pollinate, and you can multiply your crops and cash rewards!

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Subject Area(s): Mathematics

Grade Level(s): 4, 5, 6

Primary Resource Type: Educational Game

Fraction Quiz

Test your fraction skills by answering questions on this site. This quiz asks you to simplify fractions, convert fractions to decimals and percentages, and answer algebra questions involving fractions. You can even choose difficulty level, question types, and time limit.

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Subject Area(s): Mathematics

Grade Level(s): 4, 5, 6

Primary Resource Type: Educational Game

Exploring Fractions

Match shapes and numbers to earn stars in this fractions game. Match fractions using numbers and pictures make the same fractions using different numbers Match fractions in different picture patterns Compare fractions using numbers and patterns

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Subject Area(s): Mathematics

Grade Level(s): 2, 3, 4

Primary Resource Type: Virtual Manipulative

Listing fractions in increasing size

The fractions for this task have been carefully chosen to encourage and reward different methods of comparison. The first solution judiciously uses each of the following strategies when appropriate: comparing to benchmark fractions, finding a common denominator, finding a common numerator. The second and third solution shown use only either common denominators or numerators. Teachers should encourage multiple approaches to solving the problem. This task is mostly intended for instructional purposes, although it has value as a formative assessment item as well.

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Subject Area(s): Mathematics

Grade Level(s): 4

Primary Resource Type: Problem-Solving Task

Using Benchmarks to Compare Fractions

This task is intended primarily for instruction. The goal is to provide examples for comparing two fractions, 1/5 and 2/7 in this case, by finding a benchmark fraction which lies in between the two. In Melissa's example, she chooses 1/4 as being larger than 1/5 and smaller than 2/7.

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Subject Area(s): Mathematics

Grade Level(s): 4

Primary Resource Type: Problem-Solving Task

Fraction Finder- Number Line

In this activity, you will graphically determine the value of two given fractions represented as points on a number line. You will then graphically find a fraction whose value is between the two given fractions and determine its value.

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Subject Area(s): Mathematics

Grade Level(s): 4

Primary Resource Type: Virtual Manipulative