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**How to Find a Fraction on a Number line**

By: Megan Black

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**A number line and a ruler are very much alike.**

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**On a ruler, each inch is considered one whole inch**

Nine whole inches One Inch Two Inches Three Inches

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**The marks in between the whole inches are fractions of an inch**

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**Number lines are read the same way.**

The Numbers are read as whole numbers. The marks in between are read as fractions. 1 2

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**There are three steps to reading fractions on a number line**

Step One-Count the spaces in between the zero and the one on the number line. That is your denominator. 2 1 4

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**Step Two- Count the sticks, starting at the first stick after zero**

Step Two- Count the sticks, starting at the first stick after zero. Stop at the point you are naming. This is the Numerator. 1 3 4

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**There is only a step three if the fraction is past a whole number.**

If the fraction is past a whole number, steps one and two are the same except that you count the spaces and marks in between the whole numbers closest to the fraction. 1 2

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**Mixed number fractions**

Step One-Count the spaces in between the whole numbers where the fraction is placed. That is your denominator. 1 2 4

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**Mixed number fractions**

Step Two- Count the sticks, starting at the first stick after the whole number. Stop at the point you are naming. This is the Numerator. 2 1 2 4

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**Mixed number fractions**

Step Three- Write the whole number as a whole number beside the fraction. 2 1 1 2 4

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