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# Reach the target

Demonstrate the learning object *L2806 Fraction fiddle: reach the target* to the class and discuss the dynamically linked components.

- A target number is presented (e.g. \(\frac{5}{6}\)) and two fractions that add to that target must be created.
- Make one denominator the same as the target denominator (e.g. sixths) and make the other denominator a factor or multiple of it (e.g. halves, thirds or twelfths).
- Adjust both numerators to create the desired fractions.
- As the fractions change, their fraction bars also change, as does the total on the vertical number line.
- Select <Repeat> and find another pair of fractions for the same total. Select <Next> for a new target number.

Pairs of students work together, taking turns to complete an addition task.

- Ask the students to print out the record sheet and compare solutions.
- Ask what strategies could be used to add fractions like these without the learning object to assist.

Students ready for a greater challenge can be encouraged to make both denominators different from the target fraction.