Lesson 13
Fractional Measurements on Line Plots
Lesson Purpose
Lesson Narrative
In grade 3, students generated measurement data in nearest \(\frac{1}{2}\) inch or \(\frac{1}{4}\) inch and represented such data on line plots. Earlier in the course, students learned about equivalent fractions and about sums and differences of fractions with the same denominator. In this lesson, students plot data involving lengths measured in \(\frac{1}{8}\) inch and analyze the data. They use the line plots and their knowledge of equivalence and fraction operations to answer questions about situations.
An optional measuring activity is included in the lesson. While grade 4 standards do not require students to measure lengths or generate measurement data, measuring reinforces student understanding of the relative size of fractions and gives meaning to the context used in subsequent activities.
The activities in this lesson call for used colored pencils. If colored pencils are unavailable, substitute with regular pencils.
 Representation
 MLR7
Learning Goals
Teacher Facing
 Analyze and interpret fractional measurement data on line plots.
 Organize measurement data in fractions of a unit ($\frac {1}{8}$, $\frac {1}{4}$, $\frac {1}{2}$) onto line plots.
Student Facing
 Let’s create line plots and analyze the data.
Required Materials
Materials to Gather
Required Preparation
Activity 1:
 Each student needs a used colored pencil.
CCSS Standards
Lesson Timeline
Warmup  10 min 
Activity 1  25 min 
Activity 2  20 min 
Activity 3  15 min 
Lesson Synthesis  10 min 
Cooldown  5 min 
Teacher Reflection Questions
Suggested Centers
 Estimate and Measure (1–4), Stage 4: Eighth Inches (Addressing)
 Target Measurements (2–5), Stage 3: Eighth Inches (Addressing)
 Creating Line Plots (2–5), Stage 2: Quarter Inches (Supporting)
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