Ordering & Comparing Quarters, Halves & More: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mark Boster
A fraction will tell you how much you have out of the whole. But what does that mean? Do you know what a numerator and denominator are? How can you tell which fraction is larger than another fraction? If you are not sure about this, here are your answers!

Pizza for Dinner

Thomas and his family were having pizza for dinner. His father asked him how much pizza he wanted. Did he want one-half, one-quarter, or one-eighth? He wasn't sure how to answer. He was hungry, but he didn't know which piece would be largest. Let's take a look at the pizzas and find out!

Fractions and Their Meaning

When you look at a fraction, which represents a part of the whole, there is a numerator and a denominator. The numerator is the number on top and represents how many parts of the whole you are working with. The denominator is on the bottom and represents how many equal pieces there are all together in the whole. It is easy to remember the denominator is on the bottom because both denominator and down begin with a 'd'.

How to Read a Fraction

Which Fraction is Larger

Pretend you have a whole pizza cut into two pieces. Each piece would be half of the pizza, and is written as 1/2. It looks like it would be one-twoth, but it is said as ''one-half.'' That means you have one piece of a pizza that was cut into two pieces. That is a large part of the pizza!

But what if the pizza was cut into four pieces? Each piece would need to be smaller, wouldn't it? So one piece of a pizza that was cut into four parts would be written as 1/4. It might be a bit confusing to you because four is larger than two, but remember it is cut into four pieces, so each piece is smaller.

Now, what if the pizza was cut into eighths? Would you want 1/8 of a pizza if you were really hungry? That would be one piece of a pizza that was cut into eight pieces. That is even smaller than one-fourth, even though eight is larger than four. That is because the pizza was cut into eight pieces. That makes each piece even smaller. So if you were Thomas, what piece would you want?


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