## Lesson: Comparing and Ordering Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Decimals

Introducing the Concept

Introduce this concept by relating it to comparing and ordering whole numbers or to comparing and ordering fractions. You can refer to the models described in Comparing and Ordering Fractions and make a set of decimal models that are the same size.

**Materials:** student-made fraction kits, wax paper or 6-inch squares of tracing paper, millimeter rulers

**Preparation:** Provide each student with 6-inch squares of tracing paper that they can see through. Have them get out their matching fraction kits.

**Prerequisite Skills and Concepts:** Students should be able to compare and order whole numbers and fractions. They should have a good grasp of what a decimal number is and how to determine the denominator for the related fraction.