Students will extend their understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering through a lesson delivered from a slideshow presentation, video resources, and Fish Lake educational math game that focuses on fractions.
- Fourth and fifth grade students should already know how to identify a fraction verbally, in writing, or by drawing fraction representations.
Grade 4 Standards
Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction (n × a)/(n × b) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.
Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.
Make tables of equivalent ratios relating quantities with whole-number measurements, find missing values in the tables, and plot the pairs of values on the coordinate plane. Use tables to compare ratios.
Blended Learning Resources
Equivalent Fractions Slideshow
We have a free slideshow presentation available for download and further modification to suit your lesson plan.
This introduces equivalent fractions and includes independent and paired practice.
All of the following videos are on YouTube.
- Watch the videos as a class to introduce equivalent fractions. The videos contain multiple examples to draw from.
- The videos can serve as review for students that are still struggling.
- If we find ourselves in a “learn from home” situation, these can help prepare you with material students can use to review on their own outside of class.
Note: If your school blocks YouTube, it will be an issue. Never fear! We have also provided you two more options below.
4th Grade: Equivalent Fractions – A 9-minute introduction that identifies and explains equivalent fractions.
Equivalent Fractions on a Number line – Offers multiple examples of equivalent fractions on a number line in five minutes.
Comparing Fractions | How to Compare Fractions – This eight-minute video offers guidance with comparing two fraction values (less than, greater than, equal to) and renaming them with a common denominator to determine the values of two fractions.
Play Fish Lake to Practice Fractions
Don’t forget to finish up your lesson by playing Fish Lake for free during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Click this link to open a window to the free site.
- Fish Lake can be installed on a device and played remotely at home without an internet connection.