# Comparing Fractions

## Unit Fraction Game: Cover Up

Why do our students struggle to understand fractions? A big part of the problem is that fractions are incredibly abstract. If I were to ask you, Which is greater, 1/8…

## Teaching Math Without Worksheets

Worksheets have long been a staple in mathematics classrooms. But should they be? Read on to explore how teaching math without worksheets can lead to more engaging and meaningful lessons…

## Comparing Fractions: Find a Common Numerator or Denominator

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

## 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…

## 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 article of this series, we looked at comparing…

## Comparing Fractions: Like Numerators or Denominators

What is the difference between teaching for knowledge and teaching for understanding? Isn’t that a great question? In his book Creating Cultures of Thinking, author Ron Ritchhart tackles that issue…

## Fraction Basics: The Meaning of the Denominator

In 2012, the Texas standards (TEKS) were updated and the new fraction-related language is very similar to the wording in the CCSSM. When first introduced, it had teachers scratching their…

## Would You Rather…Fractions

A common misconception students have about fractions is that a larger denominator means a larger fraction. Ask a handful of third graders (or 4th graders or 5th graders…) which fraction…

## Developing Fraction Number Sense Through Part/Whole Thinking

It’s no secret that fractions are a very difficult concept for students to understand. But why is that? Fractions are an extremely abstract concept, and without adequate concrete andย representationalย experiences that…