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Free printable and online worksheets to help Grade 4 students practice comparing fractions using the symbols < (less than) and > (greater than). The fractions given are fractions with different denominators.
Comparing fractions involves determining which fraction is larger or smaller in value.
Cross-Multiplication Method:
When comparing fractions we need to convert the fractions to a common denominator and then compare the numerators. The cross-multiplication method is a shortcut that allows us to compare fractions.
Multiply the numerator of one fraction by the denominator of the other fraction to compare the products:
Example:
Fraction 1: 2/5
Fraction 2: 3/8
To compare these fractions using cross-multiplication:
2/5 vs 3/8
2 x 8 = 16
3 x 5 = 15
Since 16 is larger than 15, we can conclude that 2/5 is larger than 3/8.
Decimal Conversion Method: (useful if you have a calculator)
Convert the fractions to decimal form and then compare the decimal values.
Example:
Fraction 1: 3/4
Fraction 2: 5/8
To compare these fractions using decimal conversion:
3/4 = 0.75
5/8 = 0.625
Since 0.75 is larger than 0.625, we can conclude that 3/4 is larger than 5/8.
Have a look at this video if you need to review how to compare fractions using the cross-multiplication method.
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