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Comparing / Ordering Fractions Worksheets

Create an unlimited supply of worksheets for comparing or ordering fractions (grades 4-6), including with or without visual models. The worksheets can be made in html or PDF format — both are easy to print. You can also customize them using the generator below.

Students typically study comparing fractions starting in 4th grade. Initially, students learn to compare fractions that have the same denominator (such as 5/12 and 9/12) and fractions with the same numerator (such as 5/9 and 5/7). They also learn to compare to 1/2 (such as 1/2 and 4/5). In grade 5, students learn how to compare any two fractions by first converting them so they have a common denominator.

Basic instructions for the worksheets

Each worksheet is randomly generated and thus unique. The answer key is automatically generated and is placed on the second page of the file.

You can generate the worksheets either in html or PDF format — both are easy to print. To get the PDF worksheet, simply push the button titled "Create PDF" or "Make PDF worksheet". To get the worksheet in html format, push the button "View in browser" or "Make html worksheet". This has the advantage that you can save the worksheet directly from your browser (choose File → Save) and then edit it in Word or other word processing program.

Sometimes the generated worksheet is not exactly what you want. Just try again! To get a different worksheet using the same options:

  • PDF format: come back to this page and push the button again.
  • Html format: simply refresh the worksheet page in your browser window.

Example worksheets

Compare two fractions - includes empty pie images for the student to color

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Compare two fractions - the numerators are equal, the denominators are equal, compare to 1/2, compare to 1, or other easy comparisons

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Compare two fractions - with workspace for finding the common denominator if necessary

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Order three fractions

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See also

Interactive Unit Fractions
Drag unit fraction pieces (1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/9, 1,10, 1/12, 1,16, and 1/20) onto a square that represents one whole. You can see that, for example, 6 pieces of 1/6 fit into one whole, or that 3 pieces of 1/9 are equal to 1/3, and many other similar relationships.


With this worksheet generator, you can make worksheets for comparing two fractions or for ordering 3-8 fractions. The worksheet can include problems where you compare fractions with the same denominator, fractions with the same numerator, comparisons to 1/2 or to 1, and so on.

You can also include visual models (fraction pies), which will make comparing easy and works well for making fraction comparison worksheets for grades 3-4.

To create problems where it is necessary to find a common denominator, choose "random fractions".

Comparing / Ordering Fractions Worksheet Generator
Compare two fractions OR
Order fractions in order from smallest to greatest (some of the options below may not apply, such as images)
Columns:   Rows:
(These determine the number of problems)

Number of empty lines below the problem (workspace)
Numerator Min/Max:
Min: Max:
(with images, the maximum is 12)

Denominator Min/Max:
Min: Max:
(with images, the maximum is 12)

Allow mixed numbers, in which case choose the maximum for the whole number part:

Allow improper fractions (such as 7/6 or 10/4)
Choose the types of problems generated for the worksheet. Choose AT LEAST one type.

Random fractions
Fractions with the same numerator (such as 2/5 and 2/7)
Fractions with the same denominator (such as 3/10 and 9/10)
One of the fractions is 1/2 (such as compare 3/8 and 1/2)
One of the fractions is 1 or its equivalent fraction (such as compare 3/4 and 5/5, or order 3/8, 9/4, and 6/6)

The options below only apply for comparing two fractions (not for ordering):

Include images (denominators are limited, up to 12)
Include empty pie images for the student to color (denominators are limited, up to 12).
Easy comparisons (such as comparing 1/4 and 9/10, or 6/5 and 1/3, where the difference between the two fractions is > 1/2)
Page orientation:
Portrait   Landscape
(PDF worksheet only; the orientation of an html worksheet can be set in the print preview of the browser)

Font:   Font Size: 

Cell Padding:

Border:   Bordercolor:
Additional title & instructions  (HTML allowed)


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