Videos to help Grade 3 students learn how to explain equivalence by manipulating units and reasoning about their size.
Common Core Standards: 3.NF.3a,
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New York State Common Core Math Module 5, Grade 3, Lesson 27
The branch of a tree is 2 meters long. Monica chops the branch
for firewood. She cuts pieces that are 1/6 meter long. Draw a number line to show the total length of the branch. Partition and label each of Monica’s cuts.
a. How many pieces does Monica have altogether?
b. Write 2 equivalent fractions to describe the total length of Monica’s branch.
Each rectangle represents 1 whole. Divide each rectangle into thirds.
How can we double the number of units in the second rectangle?
We cut each third in 2.
What’s our new unit?
Repeat this process for the third rectangle.
Instead of double, triple the original
Help the students explain equivalence by looking at the different units and sizes. Also, help them to see that
the more you cut up a whole, the smaller the pieces get.
2. 8 students want to share 2 pizzas that are the same size, represented by the 2 circles below. They notice
that the first pizza is cut into 4 equal slices, and the second is cut into 8 equal slices. How can the 8
students share the pizzas equally, without breaking any of the pieces?
3. When the whole is the same, why does it take 4 copies of 1 tenth to show 2 copies of 1 fifth? Draw a
model to support your answer.
4. When the whole is the same, how many eighths does it take to make 1 fourth? Draw a model to support
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