Lesson 16

Compare and Order Fractions

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to compare and order fractions using any strategy.

Lesson Narrative

Throughout the unit, students have encountered a wide range of fractions and learned a variety of ways to represent and compare fractions. In this lesson students consolidate their understanding and skills and use them to solve new fraction comparison problems strategically and with flexibility.

  • Representation
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Compare and order fractions using any strategy.

Student Facing

  • Let’s put some fractions in order.

Required Materials

Materials to Copy

  • Compare Stage 3-8 Directions
  • Fraction Cards Grade 4

Required Preparation

Activity 1:

  • Create a set of cards from the blackline master for each group of 2–4 students.

CCSS Standards

Building On


Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 20 min
Activity 2 15 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

As you wrap up this unit, reflect on the norms that have supported your students in learning math. How have you seen each student grow as a learner? How have you seen yourself grow as a teacher?

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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