# Adapted from Big Book of Math Communicator Templates · ©2004,... Services ```Adapted from Big Book of Math Communicator Templates &middot; &copy;2004, Lawrence Educational
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Fraction – Decimal Equivalence Model
The Fraction -Decimal Equivalence Model template can be used to:
 Compare fractions
 Determine fraction equivalence
 Simplify fractions
 Add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators
 Relate fractions to decimals
This is probably not the first time students have seen a fraction wall;
nevertheless, it would be beneficial to explain the fraction wall before using it for
the activities to follow.
Equivalent Fraction Exercise: Use the halves strip to make a line segment that is
half a unit length. Use the fourths strip to make a line segment that is 24 of the
length of the fourths strip. Use the sixths strip to make a line segment that is
3
of the length of the sixths strip. Continue making segments on appropriate strips
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that are 84 , 105 , 126 , 168 , and
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100
in length. Have students compare these lengths. It
becomes clear that all of the line segments are equal, which means that all
fractions, regardless of their names, must be equal or represent the same thing.
Write the equivalencies on the board and look for patterns to establish ways to
change &frac12; 10 84 or &frac12; to 63 , etc.
Fraction/Decimal Conversions: Using the fourths strip, have students draw a
segment that is &frac14; of a unit long. Then, have students use a straight edge to mark a
straight line down to the hundredths strip. Where the straight edge crosses the
hundredths strip defines a segment that is 0.25 long. It will be equal to the
segment that is &frac14; long. Extend their thinking by asking what the length of &frac34; would
be if &frac14; is 0.25. Have students draw a line segment that is 19 of a unit long on the
ninths strip and using a straight draw a line that crosses the hundredths strip.
Where it crosses will define a line segment that is APPROXIMATELY 0.11 in length.
Therefore, 19 is about 0.11. If 19 is about 0.11, what is the approximate value of
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represented as 100ths? Once these conversions are established, use standard
calculator procedures to transform fractions to decimals so students can make the
connection between the answers obtained on the calculator and those they have
demonstrated visually on the template.
Estimate Sums/differences of Fractions: Similarly, the model could be used as a
visual for students establish benchmark values when comparing fractions and
estimating sums and differences.
Adapted from Big Book of Math Communicator Templates &middot; &copy;2004, Lawrence Educational
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