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Classifying Rational Numbers

Classifying Rational Numbers


This educational poster provides a clear and concise way for students to learn how to classify rational numbers. It divides rational numbers into four main categories - positive fraction, negative fraction, positive decimal, and negative decimal.

The poster features:


Color-coded boxes for each category of rational numbers

Definitions and examples of numbers that belong in each category

Visual cues to help students identify key differences between rational number types

A summary that rational numbers can be positive or negative, fractions or decimals

This math poster acts as a helpful visual aid to reinforce rational number classification. It can be displayed in the classroom as an easy reference for students to follow. The categorized boxes and summary section allow students to grasp this foundational math concept.


An excellent addition to elementary and middle school math classrooms when introducing rational numbers. This poster supplements instruction on classifying numbers, number systems, and positive/negative numbers. Help students master rational number identification with this clear classroom tool! As with all of our resources, it is customizable so you can tailor this resource for your class.


    3rd - 12th, Homeschool


    Math, PreCalculus, Other (Math)



    Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values (e.g., temperature above/below zero, elevation above/below sea level, credits/debits, positive/negative electric charge); use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation.



    Understand a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates.



    Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers.



    Apply and extend previous understandings of addition and subtraction to add and subtract rational numbers; represent addition and subtraction on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram.



    Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division and of fractions to multiply and divide rational numbers.



    Know that numbers that are not rational are called irrational. Understand informally that every number has a decimal expansion; for rational numbers show that the decimal expansion repeats eventually, and convert a decimal expansion which repeats eventually into a rational number.




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