Your kids suck at sketching fractions, which is okay, because the truth is, EVERYBODY SUCKS AT SKETCHING FRACTIONS! You use manipulatives instead, which is great, but they are a butt-pain to distribute and clean up, and you can't send them home, so the kids, who suck at sketching fractions, end up getting incorrect answer when the do homework, or try to work in class without the manipulatives.
These fraction cards, which have been specifically designed to abide by the CCSS for third grade, are a great compromise: you can print them up on card stock or paper, have your students complete and cut them out, and then use them to compare and order fractions, as well as find equivalent fractions. As specified in the CCSS, they are partitioned into halves, thirds, quarters, sixths and eighths, and they DON'T use the "pie model" which is shown to be confusing for young children.
I've also included additional cards with "wholes" (like 1/1, which is pronounced "one whole" and not "one ones" as suggested by the dimwits at Go Math!), as well as matching "pronunciation cards" which they can tape to the backs of the completed cards to help them remember how the fraction is spoken.
This is a truly wonderful resource for your third graders and it will give you years and years of good use.
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