Equivalent Fractions: Number Line

Arrange improper fractions on a number line to determine the equivalency to whole numbers. The number line starts at -4 and ends at 4, while users must turn the improper fraction into a proper fraction in order to place it on the number line.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Before starting the challenge section, have learners place the equivalent benchmark fractions first, making it easier to place more unfamiliar fractions on the number line afterwards
  • Use as a way to introduce the fraction line as a means of division (divide the denominator into the numerator)
  • Provide paper for some users to work out each problem
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes pupils are familiar with positive and negative fractions and the ability to place them on a number line
  • Learners should know how to convert an improper fraction into a whole number
  • Intended for third graders but most appropriate for fourth and fifth graders
  • Ensure all pupils have access to a free CK-12 account to access the interactive
Pros

  • Allows pupils to use hints as they work through each problem and manipulate the interactive as they problem solve
  • Contains five questions including short answer, true/false, and multiple choice
Cons

  • May prove difficult for some third graders
Common Core