Ordering Fractions

Today we will look at fractions and ordering them in ascending order. (Smallest to Largest)

Sometimes it is easy to work out which is smaller,


1/4    <    3/4

But what about

5/8    and   3/4

In order to solve this, we need to change the denominators (bottom number) so they are both the same.  We can turn a 4 into an 8 by multiplying by 2.  So if we multiply both numbers in the fraction 3/4 by 2 we will end up with 6/8.

Now we have
5/8   &    6/8
So obviously 6/8 is larger.

Convert the fractions on the board so they have the same denominator.  Then use the correct symbol to say which one is larger.

Order these fractions