# Comparing Fractions and Equivalent Fractions Activity Bundle

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This Comparing and Equivalent Fractions Bundle includes activities on comparing fractions in a word problem, finding equivalent fractions during a fraction hunt, and comparing two fractions with a partner using number lines. Each of these activities is unique as one involves the use of a Depth and Complexity Frame (directions are included and no prior experience is needed), the second involves students moving about the room to look for equivalent fraction matches, and the third allows for students to work together cooperatively with a partner during Rally Coach. Directions and teacher suggestions are included for all three activities, as well as answer keys, and no prior experience in using Depth and Complexity Frames or Rally Coach is needed.

You can find each of these activities individually by clicking on the links below, but by purchasing them together, you save \$1.25:

Depth & Complexity Fraction Word Problem
Equivalent Fraction Hunt
Compare Fractions on a Number Line RallyCoach

Depth and Complexity Fraction Word Problem Frame:
In this fraction word problem, students will need to come to the conclusion that the two given fractions are equivalent even though they are asked which is greater. Students will also be asked to find the important details needed to solve (analyze the information), state the language a mathematician would use to discuss the problem (practice using academic language), and include multiple ways to find the answer. Finally, students will be asked to solve the problem different ways and explain their thinking.

Included in this lesson:
+ 2 frames (one for independent solving and one with embedded cooperative learning structures for kids to work part of the activity together in groups and in partnerships) ***Directions are included for the cooperative learning structures. No experience necessary!
+ 4 different layouts to choose from for kids to work the problem and record their answers (great for differentiation)
+ 1 alternative frame with a different layout to work the different questions
+ 5 frames with the option to change the fractions given (so you can use the frames again and again!)
+ 2 pages that explain how to use each frame and the cooperative learning structures

Although this lesson is designed for GATE students, I still use it with my "Non GATE" learners, and they really enjoy it. Never used a Depth and Complexity Frame before? No problem! Directions are included! Teachers have the choice of using this as an independent activity, an assessment, as part of a math center, or as a way for kids to work together cooperatively as one of the sheets includes cooperative learning structures. This allows the kids the opportunity to verbalize their learning and communicate like mathematicians.

Students will have to determine if 6/8 is greater than 3/4, but if this is too easy or difficult, you have the option to use the fill in the fractions pages. This could be used as an introduction to equivalent fractions or comparing fractions. It can also can used as a mid assessment or as a CGI problem in which kids have to show their answers 4 different ways. Why not give the students the chance to model on the board how they solved? Now your other students can take what they've learned from their peers, and try it in the future or on the "Solve It Different Ways" page.

Equivalent Fraction Hunt
Make finding equivalent fractions not only easy, but fun, with an Equivalent Fraction Hunt! Students will search around the room for fractions which name the same amount during this activity and record answers on either an answer sheet or chart. Both answer documents give students space to work each problem. This activity can also double as a Quiz-Quiz-Trade cooperative learning game! Instead of putting the fraction cards on walls, students can each walk around with one fraction and each person they pair with to name a fraction equivalent to the one they're holding. Why not play "Find Someone Who," where kids must pair with someone else who has a fraction equivalent to the one they're holding?

Writing is also incorporated as students must choose one pair of equivalent fractions at the end of the hunt, and explain what they did in order to find out the pair was equivalent.

This can be a whole group or small group activity, a math center, independent assignment, test review, or it even can be used as an assessment. If your students have iPads, they can take pictures of the matching/equivalent fractions. Hold students accountable by asking them to prove why each match is equivalent.

Included in this lesson:
+ teacher instructions and ideas
+ 2 different types of answer sheets for students to record their equivalent fractions (columns or on a chart)
+ 24 fraction cards (12 matches) in either black and white or with a fun, blue design to make the cards more eye-catching

Compare Fractions on a Number Line Rally Coach
A great way to teach students to compare fractions is to use a number line. During this activity, partners will get the chance to "coach" each other while plotting fractions on a number line to compare each inequality. This allows students to work together and verbalize their understanding of fractions. They'll also need to look at each fraction's denominator to determine what their number line should look like.

Included in this lesson:
18 problems with blank single number lines
18 of the same problems as above but with double number lines so each fraction can be plotted on a separate number line

None of the fractions are greater than one whole. Problems range from halves to twelfths with like and unlike denominators.
Total Pages
35
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Teaching Duration
90 Minutes

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