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# Compare fractions with the same numerator

I can compare fractions with the same numerator.

New
New
Year 3

# Compare fractions with the same numerator

I can compare fractions with the same numerator.

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## Lesson details

### Key learning points

1. To compare fractions with the same numerator, the whole must be the same.
2. When the numerators are the same, the greater the denominator, the smaller the fraction.
3. When the numerators are the same, the smaller the denominator, the larger / greater the fraction.

### Common misconception

When a number is higher, its value is greater. Pupils may struggle to understand that as the denominator gets larger / greater, the size of the parts get smaller.

Show pupils lots of images, comparing fractions with the same numerator (e.g. one-fifth and one-third and then two-fifths and two-thirds). Highlight that even though the number of parts we have is the same, the size of those parts is different.

### Keywords

• Denominator - A denominator is the bottom number written in a fraction.

• Numerator - A numerator is the top number written in a fraction.

### Licence

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## Starter quiz

### 6 Questions

Q1.
Sofia is comparing $$\frac{3}{8}$$ and $$\frac{5}{8}$$ Which of these are true?
Correct answer: $$\frac{3}{8}$$ is less than $$\frac{5}{8}$$
$$\frac{3}{8}$$ is greater than $$\frac{5}{8}$$
$$\frac{3}{8}$$ is equal to $$\frac{5}{8}$$
Q2.
Jacob is comparing $$\frac{7}{12}$$ and $$\frac{9}{12}$$ Which of these statements are true?
Correct answer: $$\frac{7}{12}$$ is less than $$\frac{9}{12}$$
$$\frac{7}{12}$$ is greater than $$\frac{9}{12}$$
$$\frac{7}{12}$$ is equal to $$\frac{9}{12}$$
Q3.
Which fraction would appear on a number line between $$\frac{2}{5}$$ and $$\frac{4}{5}$$?
$$\frac{1}{5}$$
Correct answer: $$\frac{3}{5}$$
$$\frac{3}{6}$$
$$\frac{3}{3}$$
Q4.
Which fractions would appear on a number line between $$\frac{5}{12}$$ and $$\frac{9}{12}$$?
$$\frac{4}{12}$$
Correct answer: $$\frac{7}{12}$$
Correct answer: $$\frac{8}{12}$$
$$\frac{10}{12}$$
Q5.
Which is the missing denominator?
Q6.
What is the missing denominator?

## Exit quiz

### 6 Questions

Q1.
Which symbol would make this correct?
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Q2.
Which symbol would make this correct?
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Q3.
What fraction would be positioned between $$\frac{3}{9}$$ and $$\frac{3}{7}$$ on the number line?
$$\frac{3}{6}$$
Correct answer: $$\frac{3}{8}$$
$$\frac{4}{7}$$
Q4.
Jacob has ordered three fractions. What denominator is missing from one of the fractions?
1 - $$\frac{5}{10}$$
2 - $$\frac{5}{7}$$
3 - $$\frac{5}{6}$$
1 - $$\frac{3}{5}$$
2 - $$\frac{3}{7}$$
3 - $$\frac{3}{11}$$
4 - $$\frac{3}{13}$$