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Fractions on a Line Plot Song | 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade

Join the 4th and 5th graders as they chart their growth in inches, and then compare their data by plotting fractions on line plot. Plotting fractions on a line plot helps them to see that one class grew quite a bit more than the other, but the losers aren't feeling too down on their luck. Watch the video to find out why everyone is happy whether or not they grew all that much.

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Fractions on a Line Plot Lyrics:

VERSE ONE
We're in 4th grade analyzing the data we'd got
about how many inches we grew in a year on a line plot.
First, we'll find a common denominator;
next, we'll convert to equivalent fractions for the data.

From zero to four inches we'll draw the line plot;
our intervals are quarter inches each is given a spot.
We’ll plot each data point, and we won’t stop,
until the units on the bottom and the title’s on the top.

CHORUS
First, find a common denominator.
Make equivalent fractions for all the data.
Plot what you've got on the line plot, with a label and a title at the top.

VERSE TWO
Now we're writing the 5th graders growth data down.
How many inches they grew in a year is what we had found,
First, we’ll find a common denominator.
Next, we’ll convert to equivalent fractions for the data.

From zero to four inches, we’ll draw the line plot;
our intervals are quarter inches - each is given a spot -
we plot each data point, and we won’t stop,
until the units on the bottom and the title’s on the top.

BRIDGE
Now we'll analyze the two line plots we made,
and see that student’s grew more in the fourth grade.
The fifth graders grew less, but that was OK,
‘cause overall the fifth graders are taller anyway.
And we fourth graders don't care - we may be shorter -
but we rock math every week of every quarter.

Learn More

This song targets TEKS and Common Core place value standards in 5th grade Grade. Look into the relevant standards (5th Grade) here, or learn more about the basics of line plots here.

If you are interested in getting ideas on how to plan a robust standards-aligned place value lesson, we recommend checking out Instructure's recommendations for common core standards 5.MD.2. This pages helps break down standard's language, lay out the grade-appropriate level of rigor for the concept, and offers a variety of suggestions for activities (lesson seeds) that help students achieve their learning targets.

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