Say you have two fractions, how can you tell which one is larger (or smaller)? This set of 20 pass around cards gives students the opportunity to practice those decisions. I've included two different student recording sheets, one that uses the idea of fraction strips for students to shade and one that uses a blank 100 grid for students to record a model of the fraction value. I've used both of these recording sheets with students; I use the 100 grid with students that are struggling with the concept of a fraction and the other with a little more advanced student.
For that struggling student give them a large blank 100 chart and some counters (maybe color tiles) - for the fraction 1/4 they place a counter in 1 square for every 4 after they have reached the end they gather all the counters together in continuous squares. The solution page for this is actually a 5th grade student work that I scanned. The 3rd page is upside down - but it should not make any difference to you the teacher.
Give students a collection of equal size paper strips (1x8.5 inch is a good size). For comparing 1/4 to 1/3, students fold one strip into 4 equal parts and the other strip into 3 equal parts. Then they can compare 1 part from each strip with each other to visually see the difference.
How a 'pass around' works:
--- Every student gets a card.
--- Solves their problem and records the information on their student recording sheet.
--- Passes their card to another student and gets a new card.
--- All cards do not have to be completed in one class period - that is your call.
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