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Fractions on the Number Line

EngageNY

Supporting grades: 3

Description: In Topic C, students compared unit fractions and explored the importance of specifying the whole when doing so. In Topic D, they apply their learning to the number line. Number bonds and fraction strips serve as bridges into this work. Students see intervals on the number line as wholes. They initially measure equal lengths between 0 and 1 with their fraction strips. They then work with number lines that have endpoints other than 0 and 1 or include multiple whole number intervals. This naturally transitions into comparing fractions with the same denominator, as well as fractional numbers and whole numbers on the number line.

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