This activity serves as a review for what students learned in 4th grade about fractions, specifically equivalent fractions, wholes, ordering fractions, and comparing fractions. 5th grade students need to have the conceptual understanding of fractions before they begin to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. This activity allows students to explore fractions. To complete the activity students work with manipulatives like fraction strips or tiles and answer questions about what they notice. If you don't have enough sets of fraction strips or tiles for your class, you can print some off the internet. This lesson aligns with CCSS 5.NF.1 and 5.NF.5.
There are 13 questions for students to answer. Some questions include:
How can 1⁄4 be less than ½, if 2 is smaller than 4?
What fraction strips can you combine together to equal the same amount as the fraction 1⁄4 strip? (You can only combine the strips if they are the same color.) What fractions have you made when you combine the strips to equal the same as ¼?
Order the following fractions from largest to smallest: 1⁄4, 1⁄3, 1⁄2, 1⁄8. What do you notice?