Access Point #: MAFS.3.NF.1.AP.1bArchived Access Point

Identify the total number of parts (denominator) of a given representation (rectangles and circles).

Essential Understandings


  • Given a model of a shape that has been divided into equal parts, count the total number of equal parts (denominator).
  • Understand that the denominator of the fraction indicates the number of equal parts of the whole. The denominator describes the size of the pieces (e.g., fourths, fifths, sixths, etc.).
  • Given a visual representation of a shape that has been divided into equal parts, count the total number of equal parts (denominator).
  • Understand the following concepts, symbols, and vocabulary: whole, denominator, fraction, equal parts.
General Information
Number: MAFS.3.NF.1.AP.1b
Category: Access Points
Date Adopted or Revised: 06/14
Cluster: Develop understanding of fractions as numbers. (Major Cluster)

Clusters should not be sorted from Major to Supporting and then taught in that order. To do so would strip the coherence of the mathematical ideas and miss the opportunity to enhance the major work of the grade with the supporting clusters.

Related Standards

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Related Courses

This access point is part of these courses.
5012050: Grade Three Mathematics
7712040: Access Mathematics Grade 3
5020100: STEM Lab Grade 3
5012055: Grade 3 Accelerated Mathematics
5012015: Foundational Skills in Mathematics 3-5

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3rd Grade Math Element Cards:

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Professional Development

Fractions and Decimals Content Module :

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Teaching Idea

Curriculum Resource Guide: Fractions and Decimals:

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