Begin the lesson with a definition

Equivalent fractions are different fractions that name the same number. The numerator and the denominator of a fraction must be multiplied by the same nonzero whole number in order to have equivalent fractions. The presentations and videos below provide multiple explanations and examples.

NOTE: This lesson plans follows the lesson on Introducing Fractions. If your students still have questions after this example, you may want to review “What is a fraction?”

Using Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line

I really like this PPT on how to use equivalent fractions on a number line because it starts with the basics. That is, it shows a number line with whole numbers, then a number line counting by 5’s , then a number line with fractions. When teaching math, I think I could easily get students to generalize from counting by 5’s to counting by fourths. This PowerPoint presentation gives multiple ways to look at fractions on a number line to see how far you have canoed and whose turn it is to get out and run.

If you want it on PDF you can get it here OR

Watch this video

Using Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line – Examples

I like this Number line and equivalent fractions examples PPT because I’ve found that the more concrete examples you can give students, the better they understand a concept. Each example seems to make it a little clearer. The video below covers similar concepts and examples but in a slightly different way. Using both of these, either the same class period or a day apart reinforces students’ learning. Want a PDF? Get it here

Do you want a PPT that is exactly like the video? We aim to please, here you go. What’s that, you say? Actually, you wanted it as PDF? Fine!

Want it as a video?

Using Equivalent Fractions for Comparing Fractions

Download equivalent fractions and fishing PPT here – How do you compare fractions with different denominators? Using a problem from Fish Lake, give multiple examples of reducing a fraction to an equivalent fraction so that two fractions can be easily compared. If you want it on PDF you can get it here OR

Watch it on video

Using equivalent fractions to compare fractions

Another Comparing Fractions example

Because you can never have too many examples, here is another using equivalent fractions to compare fractions example as a PPT and this one also includes using fractions on a number line. If you’d rather have a PDF, get it here.

Using Equivalent Fractions for Comparing Fractions – With Stew

Here is one last example for you, comparing the amount of stew eaten by two different families. Is one family really greedy? Use this PPT to answer the question. Watch the video below fas Anookwesens explains the answer to her little sister, Willow, with examples with stew and shapes. Need a PDF? Here you go! This example is also from the Fish Lake game.

End your class with style learning fractions by playing Fish Lake


Learn about equivalent fraction by playing Fish Lake

Description: In Fish Lake, players practice with Fractions while learning math problem-solving strategies.

Intructions: MAC OS X,  Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

NOTE: If you get a message about ‘unidentified developer’ here is how to fix it in 5 seconds or less.

Recommended for 4-6 grade
Math Standards alignment 5-6 grade
Math topics Fractions
Culture Ojibwe
Available for Mac, MAC OS X, Win 7 Win 8, Win 10

   Fish Lake game, teaching equivalent fractions, is available on the app store

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