Guided Lessons

# Seeing Whole Numbers as Fractions

Teach your students whole numbers as fractions in three easy steps. Using this lesson plan your class will create, label and illustrate whole numbers as fractions on a number line.

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Students will be able to illustrate whole numbers as fractions on a number line.

(5 minutes)
• Ask your class to consider the following questions, "When is part of a whole, NOT part of a whole? When is a whole, NOT a whole?"
• Have students think pair and share their ideas with a partner. Encourage students to illustrate their explanations with drawings of fractional parts.
(5 minutes)
• Hand out and preview the Whole Numbers as Equivalent Fractions 2 worksheet.
(5 minutes)
• Complete the first exercise from the worksheet by allowing various students to perform one step at a time.
• Answer any clarifying questions before releasing your class to complete remaining exercises.
(15 minutes)
• Students should complete remaining exercises, independently or in strategic partnerships.
• Enrichment: Students can list all equivalent pairs for each exercise.

• Support: Draft and post the three-step process as described on the Whole Number Fractions on a Number Line 2 worksheet. Refer students to the poster when they encounter difficulty and assist with leading questions.
(5 minutes)
• Circulate the room during independent work time and have students explain the three-step procedure. Listen for academic language and sequential processing at arriving at conclusions.
(15 minutes)
• Review the answers, popcorn style, and allow students to ‘phone a friend’ for assistance if their answer is incorrect. ‘Popcorn’ is a sharing technique where student pass on to their peers by saying “popcorn,” then a student’s name.
• Revisit the opening question, “When is part of a whole, NOT part of a whole AND when is a whole, NOT a whole?” Draw attention to whole numbers that make up the fractions from the exercises on the Whole Number Fractions on a Number Line 2 worksheet.