## Lesson: Comparing and Ordering Fractions

Developing the Concept

Students should be comfortable using models to compare and order fractions before you ask them to use benchmarks and equivalent fractions to perform the same task.

**Materials:** none

**Preparation:** none

**Wrap-Up and Assessment Hints**

After students have worked comfortably with manipulatives, benchmarks, and equivalent fractions as they compare and order fractions, ask them to make up fractions to compare and work with a partner. You'll know they understand the concepts when they ask each other to compare fractions with greater denominators whose numerators are close to each other. When assessing students, check that they have a clear understanding of fraction concepts, such as the meaning of* numerator, denominator,* and* improper fraction.* Determine whether students can write improper fractions as mixed numbers, write fractions in simplest form, and find equivalent fractions. These skills must be mastered before students progress to computing with fractions.