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Comparing Fractions with Like Numerators or Denominators

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Grade 3 Fractions - 3.NF.3

How to Compare Fractions with Like Numerators or Denominators - Fractions are all fun until you encounter a problem that requires a comparison between two fractions having like numerators or denominators. These are simple fractions with like numerator or denominator given in a problem to determine which one is greater or lesser than the other. When we are learning fractions, solving them as they get more complex becomes more difficult as well. Similar is the case for comparing fractions; because we need to find out which fraction is greater than the other or less than the other. We also need to learn to identify which fractions are equivalent to each other. To do so, we must learn to identify fractions with similar numerators or denominators and compare them through them. When comparing two fractions, keep in mind that the comparison is only valid when both the fractions refer to the same whole. Let’s get into the details of figuring out how can we compare two fractions with like numerators or denominators. Like denominator: Consider the example of these two fractions: 3/4, 2/4 Which portion is less? Answer: When we have like denominator, we compare the numerators of the fraction. In this case, the numerator, which is less, is a smaller fraction. 2/4 is a smaller fraction. Like Numerator: 5/6, 5/8 Which is the greater one? Answer: When you have like numerators, consider comparing the denominators. The fraction with a higher denominator is the greater fraction. Now that you have learned how to compare simple fractions, start practicing now! Students learn how to determine who of two fractions is less than, greater than, equal to other fractions.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons

Homework Sheets

Start out by comparing different types of common fractions and end off moving that skill to using models.

  • Homework 1- Use the symbols >, <, or = to make the sentence true.
  • Homework 2- Compare them all up.
  • Homework 3- Order the fractions from least to greatest.

Practice Worksheets

I follow a similar pattern with the practice sheets.

Math Skill Quizzes

I always find it odd that students have a lot more trouble with the ordering of fractions than the visual fractions.