Lesson 10 Use Multiples to Find Equivalent Fractions

    • Let’s look at a way to find equivalent fractions without using diagrams.

Warm-up Notice and Wonder: Four Equations

What do you notice? What do you wonder?

Activity 1 Elena’s Way

Problem 1

Elena thought of another way to find equivalent fractions. She wrote:

Analyze Elena’s work. Then, discuss with a partner:

  1. How are Elena’s equations related to Andre’s number lines?

    number line. 6 evenly spaced tick marks. First tick mark, 0. Point at second tick mark, 1 fifth. Last tick mark, 1.
    Number line from 0 to 1. Evenly spaced by tenths. Point at 2 tenths.
    number line. 16 evenly spaced tick marks. First tick mark, 0. Fourth tick mark, 3 fifteenths. Last tick mark, 1.
    Number line. 20 tick marks. First tick mark, 0. Fourth tick mark, 4 twentieths. Twentieth tick mark, 1. 
  2. How might Elena find other fractions that are equivalent to ? Show a couple of examples.

Problem 2

Use Elena’s strategy to find five fractions that are equivalent to . Use number lines to check your thinking, if they help.

Activity 2 Equivalence Hunting

Problem 1

Look at Elena’s strategy from an earlier activity.
Could her strategy help us know whether two fractions are equivalent?
Try using it to check the equivalence of these fractions
For any two fractions that are equivalent, write an equation.

  1. and

  2. and

Problem 2

Find all fractions in the list that are equivalent to . Be prepared to explain or show how you know.

Practice Problem

Problem 1

Find two fractions equivalent to . Explain or show why they are equivalent to . Use the number line if you think it is helpful.

Number line. Scale 0 to 2. Evenly spaced by sixths.