Comparing Fractions4th Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
Subject: Math, Numbers and Operations Fractions
Type: Half Day Lesson Plan
Skills: Numbers in Operations-Fractions: Comparing Fractions, Common Denominators, Common Numerators, Benchmark Fractions, Visual Models
File Type: PDF Document
Materials Needed: blank paper (3 per student), pencil & crayons/colored pencils, personal student dry erase boards & dry erase marker (if not available use paper and pencil), and a document camera or whiteboard
Printable Resources: Required Student Resources: printable game sheets “Compare the Pair: Fraction Cards” (1 set of cards per pair of students), “Compare the Pair: Recording Sheet” (1 copy per student) Optional Student Resources: printable “Exit Slips” (as an optional assessment component) (1 copy per student)
Lesson Plan Description
This half day lesson plan is broken down into 2 separate segments (30-60 minutes each) addressing Numbers in Operations-Fractions: comparing fractions (4.NF.A.2). These lessons include: key fraction vocabulary, helpful student notes for reference, guided and independent practice of concepts, and a game to reinforce the concept of comparing fractions with unlike denominators.
- Segment 1: students will recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole, compare two fractions by creating common numerators or common denominators, generate equivalent fractions with a common denominator or numerator using multiplication, record fraction comparisons using <, >, or =, and illustrate and justify fraction comparisons using visual models.
- Segment 2: students will play the game “Compare the Pair” to help students compare two fractions with different numerators and/or different denominators.
These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.