Find as many different fractions as possible which have a value between

Six tenths and Seven tenths.

This is how long you have:

You may use a calculator.

Topics: Starter | Calculator | Fractions

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  • This is a classic numeracy starter requiring an understanding of vulgar fractions. It can be a quick activity at the beginning of the lesson or can be extended to a deeper investigation of fractions. For the more able it can be generalised “Find as many different fractions as possible which have a value between x/10 and y/10”. In fact the starting fractions could be x/z and y/z or even x/z and y/w. The information “You may use a calculator” is provided though exactly how the pupils use calculators to work on this challenge is anyone’s guess! Could be interesting!!

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