If you’re a 3rd-grade teacher, you know that teaching fractions is a heavy lift – right?
Don’t stress – I’ve got some Comparing Fractions Error Analysis activities that will make this much lighter (and more fun) for you and your students!
Comparing fractions is such an important skill for 3rd graders to learn – but it is also a little mind-blowing for kids. That’s why teachers have to provide students with engaging activities that help them do that comparison first by using hands-on manipulatives such as fraction bars. By comparing fractions bars, students can concretely understand the differences in sizes – including those that are equivalent.
Once they have a good understanding of this – you can move them to a conceptual understanding by introducing number lines as a way to compare fractions. This is a much more difficult concept and takes quite a bit of practice.
If you want to learn more about this – my post Fraction Activities for 3rd Grade has several tips for teaching fractions.
When your students are ready for additional rigor with comparing fractions – bring on the error analysis!
They will love it!
Comparing Fractions Error Analysis Activities Print & Digital has everything you will need to provide rigorous, fun, and engaging math practice for students who are in the classroom as well as those who are distance learning!
This resource has one set of 36 task cards for fractions equal to and less than one, and one set of 36 task cards for fractions equal to or greater than 1.
How it Works
Given a fraction comparison (1/3 > 5/6), students will draw math models i.e., fraction bars or number lines to compare the fractions. Most of the comparisons in this set are false, so students will have to determine that and how to change the symbol to make it correct. But – if the comparison is true – they also have to justify their answer.
The next step helps kids learn to explain in writing how they decided the equation was true or false. I love this one because – WOW – this really gets them to the conceptual level!
If you need more fraction activities:
- Fraction Worksheet Activities
- Fractions – Two Truths and a Lie
- Comparing Fractions Word Problems Error Analysis