In this lesson we explore the concept of equivalent fractions. Using shapes, number lines, and fraction bars, we show how two fractions with different numerators and denominators are actually the same amount. They're equivalent! Understanding equivalent fractions will help us with multiplication and division and allow us to solve more complex problems.

Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.3.A

Understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the same size, or the same point on a number line.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.3.B

Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions, e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3. Explain why the fractions are equivalent, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.