Subject: Math
Lesson Length: 30  40 mins
Topic: Numbers & Operations  Fractions; Comparing Fractions
Brief Description: In this lesson, students will work in pairs to explain how to create common denominators and compare fractions. Students will show the calculations used to create common denominators on a separate worksheet.
Know Before You Start: Students should know how to create common denominators. This lesson will focus more on comparing the fractions, once understanding of common denominators has been established.
Hook:

Read the sample comic as a class without solving the problem.

Review the steps necessary to create common denominators.

Independently or in pairs, have students create common denominators to compare the fractions in the comic using >, <, or =.

Discuss their answers as a class.
Activity: It’s time to create a common denominator comic!

Provide each student with a fraction.

In pairs, have students create fractions with common denominators on a given worksheet or paper.

Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic using the two fractions they and their partners were given.

The fivepanel comic should include:

A real world fraction problem like the one in the sample comic.

What they multiplied by to get common denominators.

How they fractions compare to one another using <, >, =.
Closure: Students will share their comic with another partner pair to determine whether they agree with their fraction comparison.
Differentiation:

Provide a visual representation of the steps necessary to create common denominators.

Allow students to use the speechtotext feature.

Display fivepanel comic expectations.
Resources:

Comic to print or display: Comic.

An accompanying worksheet to show fraction equivalency calculations.
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