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## Comparing Fractions: Find a Common Numerator or Denominator

“Learning to compare and order fractions is important to developing an understanding of fractions.” Marilyn Burns (About Teaching Mathematics, 2015, p 430) “Helping students develop their ‘fraction sense’ is extremely important before...

## Comparing Fractions: Using a Benchmark of 1/2

“Understanding why a fraction is close to 0, 1/2, or 1 is a good beginning for fraction number sense. It begins to focus on the size of fractions in an important yet simple manner.” (Van de Walle/ Lovin, 2006) In this series of blog posts, I am exploring 5...

## Comparing Fractions: One Unit Fraction from a Whole

Students should have flexible strategies for comparing fractions, and the strategies should be based on reasoning and fractions sense.  In the first post of this series, we looked at comparing fractions with like numerators or denominators.  You’ll also find the...

## Comparing Fractions: Like Numerators or Denominators

What is the difference between teaching for knowledge and teaching for understanding? Isn’t that a great question? I just started reading the book Creating Cultures of Thinking, and author Ron Ritchhart tackles that issue head on (pg 47). Understanding...