Comparing to One Half
You will compare all of these fractions to one-half. If the value is less than, you will color it blue. If it is equal to half, you will color it red. If it is more than half, you will color the box yellow. This worksheet is a mathematics instructional tool focused on comparing fractions to the benchmark fraction of one-half. Students are instructed to determine whether the given fractions are less than, equal to, or more than one-half and to color-code each fraction according to a key: blue for less than half, red for equal to half, and yellow for more than half. The worksheet contains a grid with various fractions that students must evaluate and color accordingly. Additionally, there is a “Think it Over” section where students are asked to draw a model to prove a particular comparison and explain their reasoning.
The worksheet is designed to teach students about benchmark fractions and how to compare other fractions to these benchmarks, specifically the fraction one-half. It helps students develop an intuitive understanding of fraction sizes and reinforces the concept of fractions as parts of a whole. By using color-coding, the activity makes abstract numerical comparisons more concrete and visually engaging. The “Think it Over” section further deepens comprehension by requiring students to create a visual representation and articulate their understanding of why a specific fraction is less than one-half.