3rd Grade Fractions: Equivalence & Comparison – CCSS

Students model, draw, explain, solve, justify, and journal to understand equivalent fractions and compare fractions..


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  • Represent equivalent fractions
  • Generate equivalent fractions
  • Compare fractions when the numerator is the same
  • Compare fractions when the denominator is the same

Available in English and Spanish


Fractions – traditionally hard to teach and harder to learn – but not with TeachTransform’s 3rd Grade Fractions: Equivalence & Comparison. In whole group and small group instruction as well as centers, and centers, students model and draw equivalent fractions and use multiple strategies to compare them. Then they justify their thinking with lots of journaling. 

Active math, interesting contexts, and hilarious situations keep students interested and develop problem solving grit. (Ever had dangerous sushi? Alicia and her friends have…) This book puts the ‘active’ in activity. Students build and draw their thinking in centers and small groups. They use manipulatives for area and linear models and explore equivalency on number lines. Comparing fractions is based on understanding the meaning of fractional parts and their sizes and not solely as a calculation. 

This book includes activities for the whole class, small groups, centers, intervention, and guided math that build the academic language of fractions.

Each activity includes:

  • CCSS
  • Setting Up for Instruction
  • How-To Guide with full teacher directions including questions
  • Thought Extender Questions to help students get ‘unstuck’ and focus on the math concepts
  • Answer Key
  • Content explanations to deepen teacher understanding of fraction concepts
  • Instruction extras to support implementation of instructional strategies

Tutoring & Intervention

3rd Grade Fractions: Equivalence & Comparison activities can be used for Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 instruction in 3rd grade. The activities in 3rd Grade Fractions: Equivalence & Comparison can also be used to catch 4th and 5th graders up and fill in gaps without loss of rigor or time. Are 4th graders struggling to compare fractions with the same numerator and different denominators? Use Because or Model and Compare 2 from 3rd Grade Fractions: Equivalence & Comparison to focus their attention on the size of the fractional parts.

Instructional Alignment from Grades 2–5

Not only is the content aligned among the grades, but the instructional strategies are too. For students who are “growing up” with TeachTransform’s instructional materials, you can expect them, with a little prompting, to give an answer that includes a why, to use sentences to explain their thinking, to question each other in small groups. This lightens the instructional and cognitive load in each grade and leads to mastery.

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