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

Identify the fraction that matches the representation of partitioned rectangles and circles into halves, fourths, thirds, and eighths.

Essential Understandings


  • Given a model of a shape that has been divided into equal parts (2, 3, 4, or 8 parts), count the total number of equal parts (denominator).
  • Identify the total number of equal parts as the denominator.
  • Given the same model of a shape that has been divided into equal parts (above) with parts covered to represent a fraction, count the number of pieces covered (numerator).
  • Identify the number of pieces covered as the numerator.
  • Select a numerical fraction as a representation of the number of pieces of a given size (halves, fourths, thirds, eighths) from an equally divided whole rectangle or circle. For example:
  • 1 half is represented as 1/2
  • 3 fourths is represented as 3/4
  • 2 thirds is represented as 2/3
  • 5 eighths is represented as 5/8
  • Understand the following concepts, symbols, and vocabulary: whole, numerator, denominator, _/_, equal parts.
General Information
Number: MAFS.3.NF.1.AP.1c
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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Professional Development

Fractions and Decimals Content Module :

Content Modules provide explanations and examples of the concepts contained in the academic standards that may be difficult to teach or unfamiliar to special education teachers. They promote an understanding of the concepts so that a teacher can begin to plan how to teach the concepts to students. Content Modules contain potential adaptations, modifications and ideas for Universal Design for Learning.

Type: Professional Development

Teaching Idea

Curriculum Resource Guide: Fractions and Decimals:

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Type: Teaching Idea

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