This is the second part of our Comparing Fractions lesson, and this time instead of using the LCD, or least common denominator, we're going to learn some new strategies for comparing fractions. We'll use the nice easy fraction of one-half and show you how to compare fractions to one-half, as well as to each other. We'll also take a look at the numerators and denominators of fractions and see what they can tell us as we compare fractions. Buckle up and join us for the ride!

Compare fractions of one-half, in order to compare fractions to each other

Understand the properties of numerators and denominators, and use that to compare fractions

Recognize that larger denominators mean the fraction is divided into smaller pieces

Recognize that larger numerators mean more overall pieces

Standards addressed

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.A.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.