Victorian Curriculum Year 4 - 2021 Edition
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5.06 Compare fractions
Lesson

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Being able to plot a fraction on a number line can help us compare fractions in this lesson. Let's try this problem as a review. 

Plot $\frac{1}{10}$110 on the number line.

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Learn

This video looks at comparing fractions using area models.

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question 1

Which fraction is smaller?

  1. $\frac{2}{6}$26
    A

    $\frac{3}{6}$36
    B

    $\frac{2}{6}$26
    A

    $\frac{3}{6}$36
    B

Learn

This video shows how to use number lines to compare fractions.  

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question 2

Think about the fractions $\frac{3}{4}$34 and $\frac{4}{5}$45.

  1. Plot the number $\frac{3}{4}$34 on the number line.

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  2. Plot the number $\frac{4}{5}$45 on the number line.

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  3. The two numbers can be shown on the same number line like this:

    Which number is bigger?

    $\frac{3}{4}$34

    A

    $\frac{4}{5}$45

    B

    $\frac{3}{4}$34

    A

    $\frac{4}{5}$45

    B

Learn

What about mixed numbers or improper fractions?  This video shows us how to compare using these.  

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question 3

Compare the two fractions by entering the greater than ($>$>) or less than ($<$<) symbol in the box.

  1. $1\frac{8}{9}\editable{}1\frac{4}{9}$189149

 

Remember!
  • The denominator tells us how many equal parts to split the number line into.
  • The numerator tells us how many of those equal parts to select. 

 

Outcomes

VCMNA158

Count by quarters, halves and thirds, including with mixed numerals. Locate and represent these fractions on a number line

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