Activity

Grade
5

What Comes Next? Orange Fractions

What do you notice? What do you wonder? What comes next?

First, the mixed fraction 4 and 1-half. Next, the improper fraction 37-sixths. Then, the mixed fraction 7 and 5-sixths. Last, the improper fraction 19-halves.

Write the next three numbers in the sequence. Describe how you know what comes next. You might want to sketch visual models to help.

Challenge

What would the 10th number be? What about the 20th or 100th?

What number would come before 4 ½ in this pattern? How do you know?

Follow-up

Create your own addition or subtraction fraction pattern. Share it with someone else. Ask them what comes next!