# Comparing Fractions Teaching Resources

Work on comparing fractions with your math class this school year with printable worksheets, activities, games, and more designed by teachers for elementary students.

This collection of curriculum-aligned teaching resources will help students learn how to find the common denominator of two different fractions and then compare the numerators — a fundamental mathematical concept that will help them better understand fraction representation and build up to more complex math concepts down the line.

You'll find editable worksheets and activities in this collection, designed to differentiate instruction for your individual learners and to meet better your state standards, plus a full array of options to keep students engaged!

New to this portion of the math curriculum? Read on for a primer from our teacher team with tips on teaching kids how to compare fractions.

## Why Is Comparing Fractions Important?

This is a question we often get from students. After all, they always want to know why — and we love that they question!

Learning to compare fractions is crucial in helping our students recognize and represent fractions in different forms. In turn, that helps to reinforce the concept of fractions and their relationship to whole numbers. There's also proportional reasoning at play here. Comparing fractions helps students understand how fractions can represent quantities that are proportional to each other.

One final thing worth noting? By comparing fractions, students are learning to order and rank quantities in a meaningful way. This is an opportunity to bring real-world learning into the mix as you might have students compare ingredient amounts in a recipe as one of your comparing fractions activities.

## How to Compare Fractions With Different Denominators

Of course, before you can dive into the activities themselves, your students need to know how to compare fractions!

To start off, students need to look at the denominator (the bottom part of a fraction).

### Comparing Fractions When the Denominators Are the Same

In this case, the process is fairly simple — simply compare the numerators (the top part). If the numerators and denominators are equal, the fractions are equal. If one numerator is larger, then that fraction is larger.

### Comparing Fractions When the Denominators Are Different

Here's when it gets a bit more complicated. If the denominators are different, students will need to convert each of the fractions to have a common denominator.

Next, they will compare the numerators. Once again, if the numerators are equal, the fractions are equal. If one numerator is larger, then that fraction is larger.

For example, to compare 1/2 and 2/3, you could convert both fractions to have a common denominator of 6:

- 1/2 becomes 3/6
- 2/3 becomes 4/6

Now that both fractions have the same denominator, you can compare the numerators:

- 3 is less than 4, so 1/2 is less than 2/3.

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### Equivalent Fraction Wall - Poster

Guide students to develop an understanding of fractions with the same value by using an equivalent fractions chart in your classroom.

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### Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Worksheets

Use these fractions, decimals and percentages worksheets in your upper elementary classroom for independent practice or as an assessment activity.

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### Adding and Subtracting Fractions Math Investigation

Immerse your students in all things fractions with this math project based around a real-world scenario.

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### Comparing Fractions – Sorting Activity

Strengthen fraction comparison skills by sorting cards according to the inequality symbol that makes each statement true.

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### Unit Fractions – Deck of Cards

Use this deck of 30 cards to practice different concepts with unit fractions.

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### Fraction Strips

Promote hands-on learning in your classroom with this set of printable fraction strips.

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### Fractions, Decimals, and Percents Tarsia Puzzle

Practice converting and matching fractions, decimals, and percentages with a fun tarsia puzzle.

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### Comparing Fractions – Instructional Slide Deck

Teach your students about comparing fractions with like numerators or denominators by means of visual models, number lines, and mathematical reasoning.

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### Writing About Fractions- Task Cards

Review fraction concepts and practice mathematical constructed response questions with a set of writing about fractions task cards.

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### Equivalent Fractions Chart – Differentiated Worksheets

Use a fraction wall to find equivalent fractions and compare fractions with this set of differentiated worksheets.

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### 5th Grade Math Review – Test Prep Packet

Encourage your students to work through 8 pages of 5th-grade math problems while charting their progress to measure their success.

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### Number Talks - Fraction Task Cards

Build fraction skills with this set of 30 task cards.

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### Complex Dot-to-dot Worksheet – Ordering Fractions and Decimals (Cat)

Practice ordering fractions and decimals with this complex dot-to-dot worksheet.

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### Mixed Numbers - Fraction Model Match-Up

Practice matching improper fractions, mixed numbers, bar models, and fraction number lines with this set of 36 match-up cards.

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### Comparing Unit Fractions – War Game

Improve student understanding of how to compare fractions with an exciting game of war!

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### Fraction Comparison Worksheet – Differentiated

Use visual models to create fraction comparisons with this cut-and-paste worksheet designed for 3rd-grade students.

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### Comparing Fractions Board Game

Improve student understanding of how to compare fractions with the same numerators or denominators with this comparing fractions game.

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### Comparing Fractions – Task Cards

Practice comparing fractions with the same numerator or denominator with this set of 24 task cards.

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### Comparing Fractions – Exit Tickets

Compare fractions with the same numerator or denominator with this set of 24 exit tickets.

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### Comparing Fractions – Differentiated Cut and Paste Worksheets

Compare fractions with like numerators and denominators with this cut and paste worksheet.

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### Comparing Fractions Mini-Book

Use this mini-book to help your students learn how to compare fractions with visual models, number lines, and mathematical reasoning.

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### Fraction Partner Tasks - 4th Grade Fractions

Encourage mathematical collaboration and discussion with a group of thirteen 4th-grade fractions partner activities.

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### 3rd Grade Fractions – Math Assessment

Assess student understanding of fractions on a number line, comparing fractions, equivalent fractions, and more with this math test for 3rd grade.

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### Operations with Fractions – Math Mats

Use these math mats when reviewing fraction operations with your students.

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### Fraction Work Mat

Practice fractional concepts with this work mat for students.

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### Fraction, Percentage and Decimal Circles

A set of fraction, decimal, and percentage circles to use with your students when teaching equivalency.

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### Improper Fractions Cards

A set of 30 cards displaying various improper fractions.

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### Equivalent Fractions Pizza Bingo - Whole, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8

32 different bingo cards to practice finding equivalent fractions involving 1, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8.