This sequence emphasises that fractions are numbers and develops students’ understanding of the relative size of fractions. Students build their fractional sense through determining if fractions are closest to 0, ½ or 1.

This sequence is for students who:

- are familiar with working with fractions with varied denominators
- recognise that a fraction represents a ratoio

### Lesson 1: Closest To...

Students are presented with a collection of fractions on cards. Students work with a partner to sort the fractions according to whether they are closer to 0, ½, or 1. They justify the reasons for their decisions.

### Lesson 2: In Between...

Students use the fraction cards from the previous lesson to play a game in pairs. One student takes a random fraction card and then determines whether the fraction is closest to 0, ½, or 1. The second student then needs to name a fraction that is in between the fraction and the identified benchmark number.

Last updated April 23 2020.