Fractions on a Number Line

Our Fractions on a Number Line lesson plan teaches students how to think of fractions as parts on a number line. Students use this strategy to help them understand fractions and solve problems that include fractions and place them on a number line.

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Our Fractions on a Number Line lesson plan expands students’ understanding of fractions by teaching them to view fractions as parts on a number line, rather than just an object broken into pieces. The lesson uses the terminology whole and parts to introduce students to numerator and denominator. Several examples are provided for the teacher to demonstrate to the students, as well as activities the students can do for individual practice. Students are asked to complete practice problems with classmates and on their own in order to demonstrate their understanding of the lesson, filling fractions in on a number line and using playdoh to model halves, wholes, and other fractions.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to locate fractions on a number line between the interval of 0 and 1.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.3.NF.A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.3.NF.A.2

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3rd Grade, 4th Grade