Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Winter Progress Monitoring and Instructional Strategies for 4.NF.2   

Student cannot compare fractions (=, <, >) using multiple strategies (compare to whole, compare to benchmark, compare numerators, compare denominators, etc)  4.NF.2

Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

Progress Monitoring: 
Ask students to compare fractions. They can use pictures/drawings, or strategies such as: compare to benchmark fractions, compare numerators, compare to whole number, compare denominators.

Instructional Activities:
Number Talks:  Number Sense activity “Organic Number Line”, Close to 0, Close to ½, Close to 1
Teaching Student Centered Mathematics 3-5 (Van de Walle): Find the Chapter called Exploring Fraction Concepts read the section on Comparing Fractions
Beyond Pizzas & Pies (by Math Solutions): Chapter 8
Cognition-Based Assessment & Teaching of Fractions (Michael T. Battista):  3rd Task on page 37, and Comparing Fractions page 76-77 all supporting materials are found on the website
Look for activity Who Ate More? Under 4.NF.A.2 - working on comparing fractions with different numerators and different denominators 

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