Many students will see a larger number in the denominator and think that the bigger number means a bigger value. Fractions are sneaky that way: as the denominator gets bigger, that means that the same whole is being divided into more and more (smaller) pieces. An easy way to help students understand this is to show them a whole being divided using something they're familiar with.
In this activity, students will create a fraction story that shows what happens when a whole is divided into more and more pieces. Some possible wholes for the story might be:
Grade Level 3-4
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or PartnerCommon Core Standards
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Create a fraction story that shows what happens when a whole is divided into more and more pieces. Some possible wholes for the story might be:
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