Equivalent Fractions Adaptive Learning Unit

Free Classroom Resources Help Students Explore Equivalent Fractions with Hands-on Models

We have gathered these free classroom resources together to help your students explore equivalent fractions with hands-on models. Students who have number sense of fractions are able to compose and decompose these numbers flexibly. One of the most important skills behind composing and decomposing is the concept of equivalence. Specifically, students need to be able to think about equivalent fractions in multiple ways using multiple representations. Equally important is for students to be able to explain how they see equivalence using specific examples. In Woot Math’s book, Equivalent Fractions, students use area models, number line, and real-world contexts to visualize how two fractions are equivalent and learn to build equivalent fractions to solve problems.

Equivalent Fractions Unit

Woot Math’s unit on Equivalent Fractions is aligned to CCSSM 4.NF.1

Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction (n × a)/(n × b) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.

Assign your students the Equivalence unit from the  Content Section

Give It A Spin

Try some problems from the Woot Math Interactive Problem Bank 

Equivalent Fractions Unit

Woot Math’s unit on Equivalent Fractions is aligned to CCSSM 4.NF.1

Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction (n × a)/(n × b) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.

Assign your students the Equivalence unit from the Premium Content Section

Model an equivalent fraction:

Gluing pieces to build equivalents:

Equivalence on the number line:

One third of shapes and sets:

Equivalent Fractions: Quizzes, Warmups & Exit Tickets

In addition to Adaptive Learning, Woot Math provides a platform for formative assessment. It is designed to foster whole-class discussions and allow students to make their thinking visible. Here are some terrific quizzes, warm-ups and exit tickets aligned to the Equivalent Fraction book that you can use to get started quickly.

These examples prompt students to share their thinking. With the platform you can instantly pull up examples of your students work. When your students are making sense of equivalent fractions, you want to encourage multiplicative language to describe how the numerator and denominator change. For example,

  • If I double the denominator then the total number of pieces double.
  • When the denominator is multiplied by 3, then I am splitting each piece into 3 equal parts.
  • If the numerator is multiplied by 4 then total number of parts is multiplied by 4 to keep the fraction equivalent.

 

Here is another example of student thinking in finding how many 8ths equals one fourth.

one fourth equals how many eights?

Student says: That’s 1 fourth so I need 4 dark blues.

She partitions into 4 equal parts and then partitions the other un-shaded fourths into 2 equal parts each.

Student work showing partitioning

Last, it is important that students know common equivalences just as they know their basic whole number facts. In particular, the following equivalences are important. 

Important equivalent fractions

You can use this assignment to give students more practice with these equivalent fractions.

Practice Finding Common Equivalent Fractions

Sign up for the free tier

There is no obligation and it is entirely free. If you find that Woot Math works for your students, you can upgrade to the premium version at any time.