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Equivalent Fractions


This collection has lesson plans and interactive whiteboard tools for teaching equivalent fractions. There are also games and interactive activities in which students create and use various models associated with fractions. Some resources provide students with practice in renaming and simplifying. After a few directions or demonstrations, students will be able to use many of these activities independently.
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Created:01-14-2013 by bethb
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In this four-day lesson students use several models to explore equivalent fractions and to compare proper fractions with denominators of values up to 12. It incorporates the book "The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar Fractions Book" by Jerry Pallotta. The 30-page pdf includes lists of materials, teacher instructions, printable activity sheets, assessments, and a game.

In this lesson plan, students investigate ways to share different sized items between two people. Students are asked to find equivalent fractions on a number line and to order those fractions by size. Included are a video clip called Equal Amounts of Gold, two worksheets, and two assessments as well as an answer key.

Teachers can use this interactive tool to help students build conceptual understanding of equivalent fractions by emphasizing how visual models represent equivalence. Students learn the value of multiplying a fraction with a value of one. This page includes a video demonstration of the tool and sample lessons from the Conceptua curriculum. Free registration is required to use the tool. A paid subscription is necessary to access full curriculum and allow full student use.

Teachers can use this interactive tool to help students make sense of equivalent fractions by linking visual models to words and procedures. Students learn the value of multiplying a fraction by a fraction with a value of one. This page includes a video demonstration of the tool and sample lessons from the Conceptua curriculum. Free registration is required to use the tool. A paid subscription is necessary to access full curriculum and allow full student use.

In this interactive activity a user identifies two pairs of equivalent fractions for a given random fraction or one of the player's own and the user creates their representations by dividing and shading either a square or circular region. The fractions are shown as locations on the number line and their equivalency is demonstrated when they are at the same point. The user has the ability to construct a table of equivalent fractions. Instructions and exploration questions are given.

This game offers students a chance to practice grouping fractions with the same number value, as well as visual representations of those fractions (using both circles and bars). A "check" button gives students three checks before the solution is revealed, and highlights incorrect groupings with each try. The site includes a version of the game enhanced for interactive whiteboards (IWBs).

In this interactive game users match Melvin's potion bottles by choosing equivalent fractions. Users can match the fraction number to the equivalent fraction picture, the fraction number to another equivalent fraction number, or the fraction picture to another equivalent fraction picture. The user is given a correct or incorrect response from Melvin. The goal is to match the bottles in each round in order to go onto the next round where there are more bottles and more variations of equivalent fractions.

This interactive Flash applet provides students with practice in renaming proper fractions in their lowest terms. Students are shown a fraction and a diagram of it in a unit circle. The student enters the reduced fraction, gets feedback, and when correct is shown a second picture of the equivalent fraction. Instruction in the form of printed and Flash animation examples is provided. This activity is also available in line segment (ribbon) mode from the Rename page.

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.

This interactive applet provides students practice with making equivalent fractions and comparing fractions. Students are given two fractions with unlike denominators. Users first rewrite the fractions using the least common denominator, and then use the visual models and number line to identify a fraction between the two given fractions.

In this interactive game, students change fractions to their simplest form. A correct response allows a player to take a shot on the soccer goal and earn points. The learner must score enough points to advance to the next level.
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This interactive applet helps students develop fraction sense by comparing and ordering fractions and identifying equivalent fractions. In each of 8 progressive rounds students arrange 10 socks, each with a fraction displayed, onto a 0 - 1 number line by estimating their relative locations. The applet adjusts the position of each sock to be accurate; however, if the new sock has to pass a previously placed sock, the level ends and the player must start over.