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# LESSON 8 Compare Fractions to Benchmarks

We can use number lines to compare fractions. Fractions that are closer to 0 are smaller.

Look at the Halves and Thirds number lines in the *Fractions on Number Lines Chart* in the *Student Guide* Reference section. They show that is less than since is closer to 0.

We can show this with the symbols < for less than and > for greater than:

< means is less than .

> means is greater than .

- For each pair of fractions, decide which fraction is larger. Use the
*Fractions on Number Lines Chart*. Use the symbols < or > to show your answer. - ,
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## Compare Fractions to

- Look at the number lines on the
*Fractions on Number Lines Chart*. Name several fractions that are less than , several that are equal to , and several that are greater than . Describe a pattern that tells whether a fraction is less than, equal to, or greater than . - Compare each of the following fractions to . Use the symbols <, >, or = in your answers. Example: <

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