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Placing fractions on a number line

Using a number line to show fractions can be a very helpful way to represent how a whole is divided equally into parts.

Remember, the denominator shows us how many parts there are in total and the numerator tells us how many parts we are talking about.


A number line is a great way of seeing the order that fractions go in and allows us to compare fractions.

It works in the exact same way as a normal number line, but the numerators are the numbers that increase or decrease, while the denominators stay exactly the same.