This lesson is designed to clarify to students what makes a whole number, and how to visualize and compare fractions that are greater than one. This will provide them with the foundational understanding they will need to apply to more rigorous problems, standardized tests, and out in the real world. Students will first compare proper fractions, solidifying third grade understandings and concepts of fraction comparison with different denominators. Students will then build on understandings of whole numbers and their fractional decompositions, by comparing whole tape diagrams, and then two whole tape diagrams. Finally, students will compare improper fractions building an understanding of how they form mixed numbers. Students will use tape diagram representations for clear visual examples of how many fractional parts make a whole, and how many parts are in the next whole. Building this foundational understanding will aid in their understanding of later concepts on the number line as well as more complex understandings of mixed numbers and improper fractions involving the four operations.
- A Lesson Template: For modeling and for students to follow along with. (Can be projected).
- 1 Fraction Comparison Less Than One Whole Sheet
- 1 Fraction Comparison Equal to One Whole Sheet
- 1 Fraction Comparison Equal to Two Wholes Sheet
- 2 Fraction Comparison Greater Than One Whole Sheet
- 1 Exit Ticket (Based on Published Standardized Test Question)
- Answer Key