When we begin learning about fractions, we tend to start with shapes. But fractions can represent more than just parts of a shape. Just think of your shoe size or a cookie recipe. Here we will look at how to understand fractions on a number line. Starting at the beginning, with just 0 to 1, we can divide number 1 into equal parts and label the number line. Join us here and see how writing out fractions on a number line might help you understand fractions better! And see if you can work with bigger fractions too!

Understand a fraction as a number on the number line; represent fractions on a number line diagram.

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Represent a fraction 1/b on a number line diagram by defining the interval from 0 to 1 as the whole and partitioning it into b equal parts. Recognize that each part has size 1/b and that the endpoint of the part based at 0 locates the number 1/b on the number line.

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Represent a fraction a/b on a number line diagram by marking off a lengths 1/b from 0. Recognize that the resulting interval has size a/b and that its endpoint locates the number a/b on the number line.