Comparing Fractions Using Google Slides and Virtual Manipulatives

Now that my students were familiar with comparing and ordering fractions, the next step was to have them comparing fractions using Google Slides.  It is one thing to be able to show how to compare and order fractions using real manipulatives or on a paper with model drawings.  It is quite different when you have to do the same on a computer screen.

Comparing Fractions using Google Slides

I needed my students to be familiar with using virtual fraction strips to compare and order fractions while solving problems to prepare them for online state testing.

Comparing Fractions using Google Slides Resource

I created a way for students to compare fractions using Google Slides.  The students access it through Google Classroom.  The Google Slides resource contains 8 problems using the two strategies of same denominator or same numerator.  Students manipulate objects on the slides (virtual fraction strips) to compare and then order fractions.

comparing fractions using Google Slides and Google Classroom

Review Slide for the Strategies

There is a slide to explain each strategy that also gives examples.  Additionally, there are two-word problems in which the student applies the strategies.  Finally, students have an opportunity to practice explaining how to use the strategy as well as a self-assessment.

comparing fractions using Google Slides strategy review guide

Each slide has directions and has color-coded boxes for clearer instructions about where to drag each object that is either a fraction strip or fraction number.  I also created a Table of Contents slide for quick access to any slide. Students worked comparing fractions on Google Slides for about 60 minutes. The comparing fractions using Google Slides resource was used as a review before moving on to equivalent fractions.

comparing fractions using Google Slides

Integrating Technology with Math Instruction

Integrating technology to practice math skills is now a necessary part of math instruction.  Especially for those students who face standardized online testing.  Sometimes what students learn in the classroom does not immediately transfer to doing the same with an online task.

We as teachers have to be clear that using the technology is not going to hinder a student’s ability to show proficiency.  Dragging objects on Google Slides can sometimes be a little tricky, so there is a slide for the students to practice dragging or moving slide objects on a practice page like the one below.

comparing fractions using Google Slides practice page

Moving Slide Objects to Compare and Order Fractions

Once the students understand how they will be comparing fractions using Google Slides, it’s time to begin practice.  During this time, I facilitate and monitor progress by either walking around student to student or by observing from my laptop via Google Classroom.

comparing fractions using Google Slides different denominators

One important technical aspect of using technology is to know how to “undo” what you just did.  So it is important to teach the students to use the “undo” button in Google Slides in case they accidentally resize an object or delete an object.  Some students may have difficulty aligning the objects that they drag around, so I also teach them to use the arrow keys to move objects as it is more accurate.

comparing fractions using Google Slides arrow keys

We as teachers know that during online state testing we are not allowed to prompt or coach.  I try to take the same approach with this practice.  If a student is stumped, my typical response is to reread the directions on the slide or to “flag” the slide or move on to the next problem.  If that does not help, then I will help the student with some prompts but remind the student that on the “big test” that is not going to be possible.

Video Examples of Students Using the Google Slides Resource

Watch the video below to see a student comparing fractions using Google Slides

I also included word problems so the student could apply the strategy with the types of word problems they might encounter on a test.  I also thought it important that the student is able to explain how to use the strategy in his/her own words so there is a slide for that as well.

comparing fractions using Google Slides constructing virtual modesl


comparing fractions using Google Slides explaining your thinking

Here’s another video of a student comparing fractions using Google Slides using the same denominator strategy.

Students turn in the completed slides via Google Classroom.  I grade each slide as one point. The total will be used as part of their math grade as a classroom assignment.

If you are interested in learning more about Math Resources for Google Slides, check out these resources in my store.

comparing fractions using Google Slides resources

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