Comparing Fractions – Word Problems

Fractions can be part of our daily life, so it’s very important that we understand fractions and use them to learn information.

Today we are going to compare fractions within word problems. The problems will require you to compare two different fractions from a real life situation. Ensure you read the problems very carefully.

Follow the link below. Read each question very carefully and show your working out and answers in your book. Think about what strategies you might use to solve the problems.

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/compare-fractions-word-problems

Comparing Fractions

We have started to compare fractions. Think about the different strategies that we can use when comparing fractions.

Below are two games that will enable you to compare different fractions. Make sure you think very carefully when playing the game about which fraction is smaller and which fraction is larger by using strategies that will assist you. You will need to use the greater than and less than symbols to signal which fractions is larger or smaller. Remember the point of the symbol will always point towards the smaller fraction/number.

http://www.mathplayground.com/fractions_compare.html

http://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_TugTeamFractions.html

After you have played the game, please comment in a post about the challenges you faced when trying to compare fractions.

Comparing Fractions

Yesterday we learnt what a fraction is > an equal part of a whole. We also discussed numerators and denominators.

Today we are going to start comparing fractions. When we compare fractions, they can be larger, smaller or equivalent.

What does equivalent mean?

Below are two images of fractions, which show fractions that have different numerators and denominators can be larger, smaller or equivalent when compared to other fractions.

Use the images to complete the tasks below. Complete the tasks in your book and ensure you are numbering each task.

1. Use the first image to find:

a) 5 equivalent fraction pairs

b) 5 fractions that are larger than 1/4

c) 5 fractions that are smaller than 2/3

2. Use the second image to find:

a) 3 fractions that all equivalent to each other

b) The largest fraction

c) The smallest fraction

During our reflection today, you are going to write down what you think equivalent means and at least one thing you have learnt about comparing fractions.