Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) 3 resources related to the following standard:
Number and Operations—Fractions
Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.
3. Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.
b. Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions, e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3). Explain why the fractions are equivalent, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

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In this interactive activity students practice with fraction halves and quarters while painting a flag. There are four different options for coloring the flag (using halves, using four one-quarters, using three-quarters and one-quarter, and using a half and two one-quarters). The goal is to paint a creative flag using the correct colors and fractions given.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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In this interactive shockwave game, students match equivalent fractions by making fraction pairs. During each round, the student receives more cards with greater difficulty of fraction equivalencies to match, all while being timed. The goal is to beat the time and get as many correct matches as possible in order to get the highest score.
Game, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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This interactive game provides an opportunity for students to think about how fractions are related to a unit whole, compare fractional parts of a whole, and find equivalent fractions. Players move markers a total distance that is less than or equal to the random target fraction, along their choice of seven parallel number line tracks, which are divided into different fractional parts. The goal is to move each of the seven markers to the right side of the game board using as few fraction target cards as possible. Instructions and exploration questions are included.
Activity, Game, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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This FAQ page from the Teacher2Teacher service at The Math Forum @ Drexel contains many suggestions for learning about fractions. It includes ideas contributed by T2T Associates and teacher participants. There are links to Ask Dr. Math resources, children's literature connections, and outside websites with related resources.
Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials, Community
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+
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This interactive application requires students to create equivalent fractions given one fraction and either the numerator or denominator of the second fraction. Once students create their solution they compare and are shown a visual representation of their fractions. The teacher may create fractions or use the random generator.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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This fraction game (Java) enables students to find matching fractions using numbers and pictures, to match fractions in different picture patterns, and to compare fractions using numbers and patterns. Included in this website are the interactive simulation, lesson plan in PDF or docx, student instruction sheet in PDF or docx, and a progress tracker in PDF or xlsx.
Interactive Media, Lesson Plans
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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This interactive Flash applet gives students practice in ordering fractions and matching equivalent fractions. Each round displays a 0-1 number line with increments of a specific denominator labeled. Monkeys holding fraction cards appear one at a time; users hang them on rings on the number line to match the labeled fractions, or their equivalents. Denominators increase through each successive round and range from 1/4s to 1/16s. Versions for iPad and iPhone are available in the iTunes AppStore.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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Using this interactive fraction number line, students can identify and locate equivalent fractions as well as compare fractions. They can move the mouse to the left or right and "mark" fractions on the number line. A section called "Which is Larger?" provides examples of fraction pairs to compare.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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Students use this Java applet to explore pieces representing fractional portions of a circle or square. This virtual manipulative can be used to explore patterns and symmetry with young children, or to develop fluency in fraction operations and equivalency in older students. Instructions for using the applet and teaching ideas for parents/teachers are available through the links at the top of the page.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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This interactive Flash applet displays eight fraction strips (bars, ribbons) of unit length. Denominators range from halves to twelfths. Segments of each bar can be dragged and dropped for close comparisons.
Activity, Interactive Media, Tools
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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