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## 7 Hands-On Activities for Teaching Equivalent Fractions

December 31, 2020 By Kelly Chapman

## Equivalent Fractions Activities

How many of you can say you instantly see the panic in your students’ eyes when you say something along the lines of, “I’m going to be teaching equivalent fractions today!” or, “Who’s ready to practice some equivalent fractions?”

Your kids hear “fractions” and get nervous , then you put some big, scary word like “equivalent” that they can hardly pronounce in front of it and you’ve officially lost them.

Been there. Done that. You’re not alone!

The key to teaching equivalent fractions is to utilize methods and activities that are not only fun for your students, but are actually fun for you to teach, as well.

You may not realize it, but when your students see you having fun with what you’re teaching, yes, even if it’s teaching equivalent fractions, that enthusiasm is sure to be carried over to their learning.

This can be a tough topic to get your students excited about , but I have 7 super fun and engaging activity ideas for teaching equivalent fractions that I know everyone will love!

Come along!

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## Equivalent Fractions for Google Classroom

This product includes 8 different activities that are compatible with Google Classroom.

Students will practice matching or identifying fractions equal to 1, ½, ⅓, and ¼ by completing short answer and drag-and-drop questions!

The fun part for you about teaching equivalent fractions with this resource?

No prep, paper-less, and an answer key is included.

Now that’s fun in my book! 🙂

In all seriousness, your students will love the digital aspect of these activities , using comparison pictures of pizzas, cookies, and all the interactive features.

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Students color equivalent fractions in specific colors on a number key , and a mystery picture is revealed when they finish!

Who knew that equivalent fractions could be FUN?! (And super cute!).

## Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line

Another Google Classroom resource I have for teaching equivalent fractions is this digital interactive number line product!

I love the visual concept this resource utilizes.

Displaying 2 different number lines at the same time, along with different fractions, allows your students to grasp the concept of what’s equivalent and what’s not simply by the positioning on the number lines.

I also love using number lines for teaching equivalent fractions because it’s a super helpful tool students can use to better understand the sizing of fractions .

For example, although 3/6 may seem larger than ½, it’s the same! Or, 1/10 may seem larger than ⅕ to them.

And of course, this product is already prepped for you along with an answer key! Yay!

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## Interactive Notebooks

Sometimes it’s refreshing to take a step back from technology while still being able to incorporate some hands-on learning.

There are multiple activities within the notebook , including identifying if certain fractions are equivalent or not, coloring and utilizing fraction bars, as well as brainstorming fractions that are equal to a certain whole number.

You could always incorporate these activities into small group or whole group settings , or make them a part of morning work!

There are different options for students to take notes themselves, fill in blanks, or can be provided with the information before starting .

1 piece of paper for these activities can be used for 2 students, saving you much time at the copy machine! Win! 🙂

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## Interactive Notebook/Number Line

If you want to go ahead and mesh the 2 prior resources I just mentioned together… here’s your product!

This interactive notebook material comes with 6 different activities that focus on plotting a specific fraction on a number line, and then creating equivalent fractions using a specific denominator.

This resource also comes differentiated as described previously, making it a great fit for all your individual learners!

## Equivalent Fractions Bingo

Bingo – a free option for teaching equivalent fractions!

There are so many free Bingo card generators out there.

Create your own calling cards with multiple different fractions – I recommend making a table in Excel or Google Doc to keep them organized!

Following this, create multiple Bingo cards by inputting fractions into your generator .

I recommend going through your calling card fractions and creating 2-3 equivalent fraction options for each calling card fraction.

For example, if your calling card is ½, create at least 2-3 equivalent fractions for that specific card – 3/6, 5/10, 10/20, etc.

This will make the cards a bit more challenging for the students , instead of there just being one equivalent fraction answer.

However, feel free to adjust the game to meet your students’ needs. 🙂

Bingo is always a favorite!

## Virtual Fraction Tiles & Pattern Blocks

I love these free virtual fraction tiles for teaching equivalent fractions from Didax – a great option to still make learning interactive if you are faced with distance learning this semester!

You can utilize this manipulative as individuals, in small groups, or even as a whole group.

Name a fraction and have your students create an equivalent fraction by using the virtual fraction tiles. This free resource gives you 1 whole, ½, ¼, ⅓, ⅕, ⅙, ⅛, 1/10, 1/12, and 1/16.

I recommend having them build your starting fraction, and then creating any equivalent fraction with the tiles.

Bonus: This is a great method for working on adding fractions, too!

You can also try out these virtual pattern blocks from Didax, as well!

Just as you can use the fraction tiles, give your students an equivalent fraction to build.

For example, by using the pattern blocks, build an equivalent fraction for ¾.

This would be a great opportunity to show the difference between numerators and denominators while teaching equivalent fractions!

## Memory Matching & Card Games

An oldie… but a goodie for teaching equivalent fractions. 🙂

Create your own version of memory by using index cards with different equivalent fractions written on each .

You can make the game as small or as large as you’d like, but I would typically recommend starting with a list of 10 fractions and then creating 1 equivalent fraction for each.

This allows each small group of students to create a 4×5 array of the cards .

Pro tip: Don’t forget to laminate!

You can always use this deck for a small game of “Go, Fish!” too! I would definitely suggest creating more cards for the deck if you’d like to go that route!

Another suggestion would be to add “KABOOM” cards to the deck for students to play Kaboom !

As students draw a fraction card from the deck, have them name an equivalent fraction to that card. If they get it correct, they keep the card. If they draw a “KABOOM” card, they must put all their cards back in the deck.

I hope you can find a bright spot in teaching equivalent fractions by using some of these hands-on activities!

Don’t forget to read my blog post all about the best fraction picture books – available here !

I know teaching this concept can be difficult for students to catch on to , but don’t forget, they will have as much fun as you do, so have tons! 🙂

Which activities are you excited to try for teaching equivalent fractions? Share below!

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## 10 Fun and Exciting Ways to Teach Equivalent Fractions | Activities and PDFs | Answer Key

Teaching equivalent fractions.

Fractions! For some of our kiddos, the term ‘equivalent fractions’ makes them quiver in their sneakers and want to barf all over the desk. It doesn’t have to be that way though. There are many interactive, fun ways to learn and then practice fractions. I just had to put a list together just for equivalent fractions, including a hands on equivalent fractions activity.

There are many fun ways to teach equivalent fractions. This is a nice assortment of multisensory learning–including visual, verbal, tactile…and most of all, fun!

For each of the activities listed, I have started the description with a hyperlink so you can go learn more about that specific equivalent fraction activity. You can download all of the printables that are mine (the ones that have pictures) in one place with my Equivalent Fraction Activities Bundle.

This activity comes with an answer key. I kept them as separate PDFs.

And here is that answer key for the How to Teach Equivalent Fractions activity set.

## Equivalent Fractions Activities

We all know that hands-on instruction is the way to go for teaching math concepts. Teaching the way to solve the problem has its place, but understanding why those steps works are just important. And these equivalent fraction activities will help you teach this concept.

Teaching Fractions with Food -Kids love food, and they understand food. When beginning your fraction unit why not pull out a Hershey bar or an orange? It is a great way to not only teach what a fraction is, but also to introduce an equivalent fraction by having them share the food. Start your equivalent fractions lesson with some fun and colorful food, and you’ll have their attention!

Interactive notebook for teaching equivalent fractions with models   -A simple way to have students use fractional models to figure out equivalent fractions. Students take a model given and divide it up into equal parts. By the time they have worked through the first model they have found four equivalent fractions.

Interactive notebook for teaching equivalent fractions with number lines. -This is very similar to the first interactive notebook, but this time instead of fractional models you get number lines. I love giving children as many ways to see a concept as I can. You never know which way will make the lightbulb go on or prompt that “a-ha!” moment that is so fun to witness as a teacher.

Learning Resources Magnetic Rainbow Fraction Tiles -Many students need to see many different representations of fractions and how they are equivalent. I love this activity and it makes a great Amazon Wish List item if you do that and share with parents. Using Fraction Tiles the students work to figure out which fractions are equivalent. This “lesson” does not involve a ton of direct instruction, but the children are learning through exploring with manipulatives and making observations. That is the best type of learning.

• These magnetic fraction strips make learning fractions is easier with visual, hands-on magnetic aids
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Fractions on a Number Line -Number lines are a great way to build fraction sense, and they are also a fun way to teach equivalent fraction. While they are creating their number lines they are working on what numerators are, what denominators are, finding the LCM, and so much more.

Pattern Blocks Task Cards -Pattern blocks are another great way to explore and learn about equivalent fractions. These task cards are a great place to go after children have a basic understanding of equivalent fractions. They will definitely get your kiddos thinking and problem-solving, and quickly reveal any misconceptions.

Using visual models is a great way to build fraction sense, and helps children understand equivalent fractions better. This is a series that Math Geek Mama and I did together. It walks you through numerous ideas on helping children visualize fractions …not just memorize how to solve a problem.

## Practicing Equivalent Fractions

After you have spent some time teaching, now students are ready to play or practice their new found knowledge. To reinforce what they have learned, try out some of these activities.

Fraction Dominoes -These fraction dominoes have fractions, models, and number lines. Children can play a card by matching up two equivalent fractions, a fraction and model, a model and number line, etc. You can even get some fraction adding by having the children add up all the fractions left in their hand when another player goes out. The person with the highest sum loses.

Oh No, Fraction Man -This game is similar to Old Maid, but instead of an Old Maid you have a fraction man. All the children have to do is pull cards from another player’s hand. If they have a match to the card they pulled they may lay it down in front of them. The game ends when all matches have been made and one person is left with the fraction man. The cards have fractions, fractional models, and number lines on them.

Clip Cards – Instead of pulling out a worksheet to assess students knowledge, gather them around you and have them solve the problems by placing clips on the equivalent fraction. Many of the clip cards have two or three correct answers. This forces the children to really analyze the card before saying they have completed it.

Tic-Tac-Toe with Fractions -This game is very similar to Tic-Tac-Toe, just with a twist. The children must find the equivalent fraction to whatever space they want to cover up. If they choose the wrong fraction, they have to cover up the space that equals that fraction. Since the game of Tic-Tac-Toe leaves little room for mistakes, a wrong move can end the game. You can play with models, number lines, or both.

Fishing For Equivalent Fractions -This game is similar to Go Fish – and children will love their quest to find pairs that are equivalent.

Simplifying Fractions – This is a BINGO game that focuses on simplifying fractions, and we know how much our kiddos enjoy doing that. Simplifying Fractions is a wonderful way to practice equivalent fractions, and who doesn’t love a simple BINGO game.

Digital Equivalent Fractions -These digital equivalent fraction activities are a great way to get some practice in, especially if you are virtual.

Ooops! What kind of math teacher am I? I said 10 activities, but this is more than 10. I assure you that I can count. But when it comes to fun activities, sometimes I get carried away.

I hope you enjoy these equivalent fraction activities . There are so many fun ways to teach equivalent fractions and get your children engaged as they dive into this concept.

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## How to Teach Equivalent Fractions in a Way Your Students Understand

This is the goal, right?! We want our students to not only be able to recognize equivalent fractions, but to actually understand them. Something that has worked wonders in my fourth grade classroom is utilizing anchor charts in students’ notebooks as well as on the wall. I used this to teach equivalent fractions, and it made a huge difference in my students’ mastery!

The reason why I do this is because I want all students to work through the lessons I teach with me and so they have a reference point if they forget the concepts they learn. When I created my Equivalent Fractions anchor chart , it helped my students ground their understanding and actively learn this concept.

Students create their own anchor charts with me using the structured templates like the one above. I also give them interactive notebook activities for equivalent fractions to practice in their notebooks too! You can try out these equivalent fractions activities and anchor charts here.

## Teach Equivalent Fractions with High Student Engagement

The best way to teach equivalent fractions is starting with something students can see and feel. I use many of these tools and manipulatives because it helps students see equivalent fractions examples in multiple ways! I tried to keep this list of tools simple so you don’t have to go out and buy more math manipulatives. I even included an equivalent fractions freebie! So keep reading for all of my favorite ideas for teaching equivalent fractions.

## Equivalent Fractions Tool #3: Dominoes

As always, with whatever manipulatives or tools you use, it’s important to teach students how to use them so your classroom runs like a well-oiled machine. If you’re struggling with classroom management during your math block, click here for some tips and strategies.

## Equivalent Fractions Tool #5: Whiteboards

I love that students get to show their work on their boards , so I can easily walk around and see how they solve problems, and chat with them if needed. They can draw equivalent fraction models on their boards, you can ask them to make equivalent fractions by multiplying or dividing the numerator and denominator by the same number, the practice ideas are endless.

## More Helpful Tips for How to Teach Equivalent Fractions

If you’re looking for hands-on and fresh ways to teach equivalent fractions on a number line , you have to check out this post from Melissa .

Do you use Nearpod? This lesson is great for teaching equivalent fractions!

15 Fun and Exciting Ways to Teach Equivalent Fractions

I hope these tools have been helpful for you and given you some fresh ideas on how to best teach equivalent fractions. Please pin the images on this post so you can come back to it during your equivalent fractions unit! If you’re preparing for state testing or need help with your student engagement, this post is where you should go next!

November 23, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Equivalent fractions are so difficult for students! Thank you for all of these amazing and helpful ideas for teaching them!

November 23, 2019 at 6:29 pm

Some of these ideas were new to me and I'm so excited to use them during our fractions unit! I especially LOVE the idea of using building bricks. My students will love that!

November 23, 2019 at 6:59 pm

What a great collection of a variety of ways to approach equivalent fractions! Thank you!

November 23, 2019 at 8:08 pm

These are great! I like how you incorporate sets as well as shapes. Super useful for visual and kinesthetic learners!

November 26, 2019 at 10:32 pm

Lots of creative options! I like that you gave a variety ideas for tools that are already used by many teachers as well as other manipulative they may want to branch out and use in their instruction. Thanks!

November 28, 2019 at 6:52 am

This is one of my favorite topics to teach!! I love your strategies.

November 29, 2019 at 2:58 am

I love all the different techniques and tips you give to teach the students equivalent fractions. That subject can be super tricky for so many students. I really think they would LOVE the play doh activity the best!

November 29, 2019 at 3:08 pm

Great ideas! I especially love the fraction pizza! Thank you so much for these wonderful ideas!

December 1, 2019 at 3:03 am

I love your ideas and tips when teaching equivalent fractions!

## 15 Fabulous Equivalent Fractions Teaching Tools

Teaching equivalent fractions is either something you love or you hate.  I find very few teachers who are meh about it.  Me?  I personally love teaching students how to solve equivalent fractions.  Once students realize it’s like a game to find matching pairs or “twins,” they tend to be way more interested in the challenge.

## What is an equivalent fraction?

Knowing math vocabulary is super important. Students need to know that fractions have numerators and denominators and that those numbers are above or below a fraction bar.

When teaching students from the beginning, I like to have an informal definition which makes more sense to them as we are exploring this new topic.   My official informal definition is:

An equivalent fraction is when you have 2 fractions that are like cousins.  They might look different or have different “parent numbers,” but they are still related and match up if you know how to make their bottom numbers the same.

I know I am probably making a ton of math teachers squirm because I am not using specific math vocabulary here.  Keep in mind that I really do teach that too.  But this is my easy definition that students will remember when they are just starting to explore the topic of equivalent fractions.

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## How do you solve to find equivalent fractions?

There are several resources listed below that you can use as resources to help you teach how to find equivalent fractions.   Make sure to stop by and check each of them out to find the best tools for your students!

#1   Equivalent Fractions Calculator :  This unique calculator can allow students to explore the operations involved in finding their solution.  I also love it for having students self-check their work for the correct answer.

#2   Equivalent Fractions Chart :  A fun flip chart that shows students multiple ways how to make equivalent fractions.  It shows a picture, the fraction, a decimal, and a percent.

#3  Fraction Tiles , Cubes , or Circles :   Hands-on manipulatives as a concrete learning method.

## Equivalent Fractions Videos:

#4  Khan Academy Fractions Tutorial:   An easy way to showcase basic equivalent fraction concepts with (what else?) pizza!

#5  Brainpop Fractions:  If your school has an account, this is a fun video.

#6  Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line:   I didn’t even know this was a thing until recently.  I love that there are so many ways to show how to find the same solution.

#7  Fraction Decimal Equivalents:  Just reading the comments from appreciative students was the main reason for including this video on this list.

## Equivalent Fractions Games:

#8  ABCYA 4th Grade Bingo Game:  This is super fun!  I may or may not have gotten sucked in to playing it by myself – ha!

#9  Equivalent Fractions Games:   A super entertaining online game good for centers practice.  It has a fun space theme storyline and has pictures and different equivalent fractions to sort.

#10  Math Fraction Games:  This is a wonderful kinesthetic activity for fraction introductions!

#11  Calculator Soup Fractions Calculator:  If you want to do some whole group practice on an interactive whiteboard, this would be a great website to use!

## Equivalent Fractions Worksheet:

#12  Finding Equivalent Fractions Worksheet:  I love HoJo’s Magic Square puzzle games!   Even better that this particular one is for finding those sneaky matching fractions!  #score

#13 Equivalent Fractions Examples:   I love this resource guide with worksheet examples, along with tutorials that use Legos to teach the concepts!

#14  Using Area Models to Teach Fractions:  This is an awesome (and FREE) Bundle.  I love how the author shares exactly how she teaches it in the classroom too!

#15  Alien Go Fish Equivalent Fractions Card Game Freebie:  Fern Smith always has the cutest freebies!

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#16  Hands On Fraction Fun Blog Post:  I adore the idea of using measuring cups for finding equivalent fractions.  She shares how she teaches it here.

#17  Squashing Fraction Misconceptions Blog Post:  Another amazing post with tons of teaching strategies for fractions – and some you may have never thought of before!

#18  Fractions Interactive Notebook Grade 3 Sampler

#19  Fractions Vocabulary Cards and Word Work Activities

#20  Equivalent Fractions Hands-On Task Cards

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## 21 Activities for Teaching Equivalent Fractions

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1. Fraction Strips: Create colorful fraction strips from construction paper to help students visualize equivalent fractions.

2. Pizza Fractions: Use pizza models to illustrate different fraction sizes, instructing students to find equivalents.

3. Matching Games: Design a matching game where students must pair equivalent fractions with each other.

4. Butterfly Method: Teach students the butterfly method of finding equivalent fractions by multiplying the numerator and denominator of each fraction by its respective opposite fraction’s denominator.

5. Cooking and Baking: Integrate real-life situations like cooking and baking to demonstrate how equivalent fractions can be used while measuring ingredients.

6. Simplifying Fractions: Instruct students on simplifying fractions, further highlighting how multiple fractions can have the same value.

7. Fraction Flip Books : Create flipbooks for hands-on learning, allowing students to find equivalent fractions by flipping pages with different numerators and denominators.

8. Solve for ‘X’: Provide algebraic expressions involving fractions where the student solves for ‘X’ to find two equivalent factions.

9. Music Rhythms: Utilize music rhythms and notes to teach students about equivalent fractions, since whole notes, half notes, and quarter notes represent fractional parts of a measure.

10. Online Games: Encourage students to play online educational games focused on finding and matching equivalent fractions.

11. Fraction Number Line: Employ a large number line in class to demonstrate how various equivalent fractions fall in the same place on the line.

12. Cross-multiplication Method: Teach the cross-multiplication technique as an alternative way of checking if two fractions are equivalent.

13. Group Activities: Divide the class into groups, providing each group with different pairs of fractions in which they must decide if they are equivalent or not.

14. Story Problems: Provide relatable story problems requiring the use of equivalent fractions in their solutions.

15. Collage Activity: Have students create a collage to find and represent equivalent fractions from images of everyday objects, such as quartered oranges, meter sticks, or divided chocolate bars.

16. Fraction Dominoes: Play fraction dominoes, where each domino tile has two fractions that need to be matched with other equivalent fractions on the board.

17. Interactive Whiteboard Activities: Utilize interactive whiteboards for practicing equivalent fractions with engaging software and tools.

18. Pattern Blocks: Leverage pattern blocks to represent different fractions and allow students to explore equivalence using various block shapes.

19. Candy Fractions : Use candies like M&Ms or Skittles to create a visual way for students to find equivalent factions while incorporating a fun treat.

20. Fraction Bingo: Play bingo, replacing traditional numbers with fractions requiring students to match equivalent fractions as spaces are called out.

21. Fraction Artwork: Encourage students to create artwork illustrating various equivalent factions on construction paper by cutting, pasting, or drawing shapes divided into fractional parts.

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## Teaching Equivalent Fractions

Equivalent Fractions is a concept that is generally introduced in the 3rd grade. In the US 3rd grade Common Core (CCSS.Math.3.NF.3):

Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size. a. Understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the same size, or the same point on a number line. b. Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions, e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3. Explain why the fractions are equivalent, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. c. Express whole numbers as fractions, and recognize fractions that are equivalent to whole numbers. Examples: Express 3 in the form 3 = 3/1; recognize that 6/1 = 6; locate 4/4 and 1 at the same point of a number line diagram. d. Compare two fractions with the same numerator or the same denominator by reasoning about their size. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

This is further extended in the 4th grade (CCSS.Math.4.NF):

Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering. 1. Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction (n x a)/(n x b) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions. 2. Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

The concept of equivalent fractions seems simple – just multiply the numerator and denominator by the same factor to get another fraction that is equivalent to the origin. However it is not trivial at all, and with intentional design in the instruction delivery, the topic can be introduced in a way that strengthens the students’ reasoning and inductive skills and at the same time, lay a stronger foundation for the future, especially in fraction arithmetic and algebraic manipulations.

## Logic Reasoning and Induction

When teaching equivalence of fractions, teachers often start by stating the procedural rules. “Whatever you do to the numerator, you’d do for the denominator”. So,

Not only is this not helping in the conceptual understanding of equivalent fractions, but introducing the topic in this way wastes a perfectly good opportunity for the students to exercise their logic reasoning and induction muscles and discover for themselves what equivalence means, which fractions are equivalent and how to find them.

Another better way is to use bar models or fraction strips. The fraction strip  paper folding exercise  which we first wrote about after a lesson study at a local school, is what we generally use to introduce the topic of equivalent fractions.

First, have the students fold a paper strip in half and note that there are two equal parts. Then fold it again and note that now we have 4 equal parts.

• Without folding it again, ask the students how many equal parts do they think they will have if we were to fold the paper strip a third time. Some might guess 6, a natural progression from 2 and 4, while others might reason that the pattern is multiplying by two, not adding.
• Next, have the students shade the fraction 1/2, 2/4, 4/8 etc on different strips of paper and paste them on the same blank paper, on top of each other. An example is shown below.
• What do you notice?
• Is there a pattern?
• Is there a rule?
• Extend the exercise to other fractions pictorially, using different shapes.

Let the students have fun exploring equivalent fractions by deriving their own “rules” through induction. To read more about our experience using the fraction strip exercise, see our previous post here .

## Equivalent Fractions

Equivalent Fractions on the Number Line

Generally, students first learn about equivalent fraction using an area model, e.g.

Through area models, student observed “how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size” (CCSS.Math.4.NF.1).

The next step is to transfer their knowledge to the number line (see our previous post on the importance of understanding fractions on the number line ). However, many students have problem visualizing equivalent fractions on the number line. For example, it is not intuitive to see that 2/3 and 4/6 are the same point on the number line.

Here again, the bar model or fraction strips will come in very handy. To make it easier to visualize, teachers/parents can present the fraction strips along with the number lines.

In this way, it is very intuitive to see how the concepts of equivalent fractions can be transferred to the number line.

## The case of 1

The case of 1 is often overlooked by teachers, but the concept is so important. This simply refers to the fact that the whole number 1 is also made up of equivalent fractions, e.g.

This is extended to other whole numbers, e.g.

and even further to

The concept is important when the students start to apply their knowledge of fractions in addition and subtraction and other fraction manipulations. For example, in fraction subtraction, many students resort to converting the mixed fraction to an improper fraction before proceeding to subtract, and finally convert the resulting improper fraction back to mixed.

5 1/3 – 2/3 = 16/3 – 2/3 = 14/3 = 4 2/3

If the students understood the concept that whole numbers also have equivalent fractions, they can do a “re-grouping” as follows

5 1/3 – 2/3 = 4 4/3 – 2/3 = 4 2/3

## Special Notes

Lastly, some special notes to be mindful about when teaching equivalent fractions.

## Fraction Simplification

Equivalent fractions is not always about multiply up. It is also important to learn that simplifying fractions to lower terms is also finding equivalent fractions. Fraction simplification is very important when it comes to fraction arithmetic (add, subtract), algebra and general word problems.

## Don’t say ‘cancel’ or ‘reduce’

Terms like ‘cancel’ or ‘reduce’ give the impression that the “size” is somehow reduced and can be confusing to young students who have not fully understood equivalence yet. Instead, use the universal term ‘simplify’.

## TeachableApp

Want to see a fun way to teach Equivalent Fractions using an interactive manipulative? Check out the Fraction Wheel App here .

Equivalent fractions is such an important concept for students to understand, however under the pressure of time, it is sometimes tempting for teachers and parents to skip to procedural methods and not emphasize on conceptual understanding. However with some thoughts and design, the topic can be a fun way for students to discover more facts about fractions that they have not realized before and at the same time strengthen their confidence in fraction manipulations for the future.

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