Lesson Plan: Comparing and Ordering Unit Fractions Mathematics • 3rd Grade

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to compare and order unit fractions.


Students will be able to

  • compare unit fraction models,
  • compare unit fractions using < and >,
  • solve word problems related to comparing unit fractions,
  • order unit fractions from least to greatest and greatest to least,
  • identify that the larger the denominator is, the smaller the fractional part is (when comparing unit fractions).


Students should already be familiar with

  • unit fractions,
  • comparing and ordering whole numbers,
  • the symbols that represent “greater than” and “less than”,
  • dividing a number line into equal parts,
  • fractions on a number line.


Students will not cover

  • comparing and ordering fractions with a numerator other than 1,
  • comparing and ordering fractions with the same denominator.

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