**Title:** Can Fractions be Equal?

**Digital Tool:**
Simplifying Fractions

**Web Address URL:**
http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?id=80

**Standard(s): **

[MA2013] (4) 12: Explain why a fraction ^{a}/_{b} is equivalent to a fraction ^{nxa}/_{nxb} by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions. [4-NF1]

**Digital Tool Description:** This tool allows the participant to visually create two equivalent fractions based on the fraction provided. This can be used as an introduction since it allows you to determine your own fraction and construct models. You can also use it as a closing activity to check students understanding by asking them to construct a visual model.