Fractions and Rectangles

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Visual models are excellent teaching tools when explaining equivalent fractions. Looking at a rectangle cut into twelfths, students first identify the shaded fraction, and then explain whether the fraction is equal to one-fourth. Consider assigning this as independent work and follow up with a discussion, allowing young mathematicians to share their explanations with the class. A great transition into a lesson on fractions in simplest form.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros
  • Visual model supports an understanding of equivalent fractions
  • Requires students to explain their mathematical thinking
  • Clearly addresses the ability to identify equivalent fractions
Cons
  • None
Common Core