## Lesson: Comparing and Ordering Fractions

Introducing the Concept

Use models and diagrams to introduce this concept. Relate comparing and ordering fractions to comparing and ordering whole numbers, but don't overlook the added complication of the denominator.

**Materials:** student-made fraction kits, colored pencils or markers

**Preparation:** Provide each student with twelve pieces of precut wax-paper squares or cut 6-inch squares of tracing paper (they must be able to see through it).

**Prerequisite Skills and Concepts:** Students should be able to compare and order whole numbers. They should have a good grasp of what a fraction is and what its parts represent, and they should be able to write equivalent fractions.