The standard 3.NBT.A. 2 asks students to understand a fraction as a number on the number line This includes:
Students can practice this with a simple activity using different colored paper clips, a number line and a pencil.
String colored paper clips together to simulate a number line, creating fractions on the number line based upon the colors of the paper clips. For example 4 paper clips can be clipped together, the first paper clip can be red and the subsequent paper clips can be silver.
Students note 1/4 on the number line.
Continue with additional fractions and lengthen the paperclip number line.
Tips and tricks:
If students need extra support, they can use a number line that has already notated fraction intervals, like the example below:
Additionally, 3rd grade expectations are limited to fractions with denominators: 2,3,4,6,8. You can focus on these denominators, or use the opportunity to use denominators beyond that range for extension. For more math activities visit our store at: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Help-In-Hand