# Lesson 15

Comparemos fracciones que tienen el mismo denominador

### Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to compare two fractions with the same denominator.

### Lesson Narrative

In previous lessons, students learned that fractions are built from unit fractions. Here, they reason that fractions with the same denominator are composed of parts that are the same size or length, so the numerator, which describes the number of parts, determines which fraction is greater. It is important that students have the opportunity to develop this understanding rather than learning a rule about comparing fractions with the same denominator.

Students are reminded that they can use the symbols >, =, or < to record the results of comparison of fractions, just as they did with whole numbers in earlier grades (MP6). This lesson (including the cool-down) enables the teacher to gauge students' familiarity with the symbols, but students are not yet expected to rely on the symbols to express comparison.

• Representation
• MLR7

### Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

• Compare two fractions with the same denominator by reasoning about their size.

### Student Facing

• Comparemos dos fracciones que tienen el mismo denominador.

### Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

• Spin to Win Spinner
• Spin to Win Recording Sheet, Spanish

### Required Preparation

Activity 2:

• Each group of 2 needs a paper clip for their spinner.

Addressing

### 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

What prior knowledge about unit and non-unit fractions did you see students use to help them compare fractions?

### Suggested Centers

• Rolling for Fractions (3–5), Stage 1: Equivalent Fractions (Addressing)
• Number Line Scoot (2–3), Stage 3: Halves, Thirds, Fourths, Sixths and Eighths (Addressing)
• Five in a Row: Multiplication (3–5), Stage 2: Factors 1–9 (Supporting)

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