Lesson Plan - Get It!
Did you know 1⁄3 and 3⁄9 are equivalent, or same, fractions? You may think that's impossible because those fractions do not look alike. But, fractions do not have to be written the same in order to represent the same amount.
In this lesson, you will learn a simple method for quickly comparing fractions and recognizing equivalent fractions.
Equivalent fractions are fractions that look different but represent the same amount.
For example, 1⁄2 and 2⁄4 look different, but they represent the same amount.
Sometimes, you will not have a model with you to help determine whether two fractions are equivalent. If this is the case, use the butterfly method to quickly compare two fractions. To learn the butterfly method, watch Amy Harrison's Adding and Subtracting Fractions Butterfly Method video below. Make sure to keep a piece of paper and pencil with you so you can follow along and practice while you watch the video:
Now that you have had the opportunity to model and compare fractions, think about why it is important to be able to compare fractions. Do you compare fractions during your daily life? How so? Discuss your responses with your teacher or parent.
What did you come up with? You compare fractions all the time when you talk about food. Sometimes you have to compare the amounts of certain ingredients required to make a dish or you compare the portion size one person has to your portion size. Be sure to pay attention to how you compare fractions today!