1st Activity – Equivalent Fractions (6 student pages) This activity begins with a review of numerator, denominator, unit fraction and representing a fraction with an area model. Guided notes and examples begin with shading figures and using a number line to determine equivalent fractions. Then, by examining sets of equivalent fractions students discover how to get equivalent fractions by multiplying the numerator and denominator by the same number. Students stay engaged as they must fill in missing parts of definitions and examples. The last page of the activity is independent practice and may be used in class or as an outside assignment.
2nd Activity – Compare Fractions (7 student pages) The activity begins comparing fractions with models. Then fractions are compared with the same numerator or the same denominator which is a third grade standard. The main focus is on students changing both fractions to equivalent fractions with the same denominator in order to compare them. Two word problems are presented with various methods of finding the solutions. The last page is independent practice which may be used in class or as an outside assignment.