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I will compare foursixths and fiveeighths. (based on same whole!)
Direct comparison – place the fraction strips or cuisenaire rods representing each on top of each other and visualize which is more/greater/longer.
Indirect comparison – I might use a onehalf strip or cuisenaire rod and compare each one to the onehalf piece.
Indirect measurement – create equivalent fractions for each one.
Thinking about where on continuum this reasoning would be: compare each mentally to benchmark of onehalf. Foursixths is onesixth more than threesixths (or onehalf). Fiveeighths is oneeighth more than foureighths (or onehalf). Therefore, foursixths is larger because the onesixth more than onehalf is larger than oneeighth more than onehalf because onesixth is longer than oneeighth (of same whole). Is this indirect comparison because I am using the benchmark onehalf to do this reasoning?