Adding & Subtracting Fractions like denominators

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Our Adding & Subtracting Fractions Like Denominators Lesson Plan equips students to add and subtract fractions with like denominators.  Leverage creativity and collaborative learning as student pairs compose drawings to share with other groups.  A class survey provide opportunity for meaningful application of fractions to the survey results.

Adding and Subtracting Fractions like denominators Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Adding and Subtracting Fractions like denominators.
  • Hands on homework activities giving students practice on determining what is a fraction and addition & subtraction of like-denominator fractions.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Our Adding & Subtracting Fractions Like Denominators Lesson Plan equips students to add and subtract fractions with like denominators.  Leverage creativity and collaborative learning as student pairs compose drawings to share with other groups.  A class survey provide opportunity for meaningful application of fractions to the survey results.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask: What is the difference between a whole number and a fraction?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Ask: If you eat cookies from two different packages, how do you discover the total fraction of cookies you have eaten?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce adding/ subtracting with like numerators.
  5. Distribute Fractions-Add & Subtract Like Denominators content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Students should be familiar with information about basic fractions. (Reviewing how to reduce or change to mixed or whole numbers may be necessary.) Use the additional resources to enhance understanding and for extra practice problems.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Distribute colored pencils and rulers. Encourage students to be creative and use drawings besides circles, squares, etc.
  7. Once completed, allow students to share one or more of their drawings with the class and if necessary, the reduced or changed answers.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. Remind students there is more than one question for each and to read through the information carefully. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, take a simple survey of the class asking questions such as what is your favorite color, sport, etc. Record responses, then ask students to combine specific totals and tell the answers as fractions.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.4.NF.B.3, CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.2, None for Grade 6

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Math