Our Adding and Subtracting Fractions Mixed Lesson Plan equips students to add and subtract mixed numbers with fractions, whole numbers, and other mixed numbers, including regrouping when necessary. This interactive lesson engages creativity and leverages peer learning as students create five word problems for another student to solve, then check the solution. Additional resources to solidify understanding are included.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Display a mixed number and an improper fraction (). Display the mixed number which contains an improper fraction equal to the mixed number and fraction (). Ask students if they notice anything about the mixed numbers.
- Allow for responses and discussion. The students may notice a mixed number can include an improper fraction, and it is still equal to the original mixed number. This will help them when it comes time to regroup for subtraction of mixed numbers.
- Distribute Fractions-Add & Subtract Mixed Numbers content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Include additional examples when necessary. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. The students will create 5-word problems. Tell students to be creative. Once completed, they give the problems only to another student.
- Give the students time to complete the problems. Once completed, they return the problems to the original owner for correction. Intervene if there are disagreements.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses. Use the additional resources for additional practice problems for the students to complete.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, using the word problems the students created, ask the students to nominate the most creative word problem. Students then vote on the best.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.4.NF.B.3.C, 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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