Lesson 14

Fraction Comparison Problems

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to compare fractions to solve problems in and out of context.

Lesson Narrative

In the previous lesson, students wrote equivalent fractions to help them compare pairs of fractions with different denominators. Here, they include this newly developed strategy in their toolkit for comparing fractions. 

In the first activity, students compare sets of fractions with like and unlike denominators. They do so by using benchmarks, writing equivalent fractions, or reasoning about the numerators and denominators. In the second activity, students interpret and solve problems involving fractional measurements in context. Both activities present a new setup, structure, or context, requiring students to make sense of the given information and the problems, and to persevere in solving them (MP1).

  • Engagement
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Solve fraction comparison problems in and out of context.

Student Facing

  • Let’s solve different kinds of fraction comparison problems.

Required Materials

Required Preparation

  • Each group of 3–4 needs tools for creating a visual display during the lesson synthesis.

CCSS Standards


Building Towards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 20 min
Activity 2 10 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

Were there students with unique approaches who didn’t get air time? If so, what might be some possible reasons? How can their thinking be made visible in upcoming lessons?

Suggested Centers

  • Compare (1–5), Stage 5: Fractions (Addressing)
  • Compare (1–5), Stage 3: Multiply within 100 (Supporting)
  • How Close? (1–5), Stage 6: Multiply to 3,000 (Supporting)

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