Word Problems – Fractions

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The lesson covers a topic students tend to struggle with – word problems with fractions. The lesson begins by reviewing key words that will be used in word problems that contain fractions, such as numerator and denominator, and provides a list of cue words that will help the students determine whether to add or subtract. Examples are provided with step-by-step instructions detailing how to solve the problems. Then activities are provided so students can practice solving the word problems on their own.  The more practice they can do with these topics, the more confidence they will gain!

Word Problems – Fractions Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Fraction Word Problems
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Fraction Word Problems
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson covers a topic students tend to struggle with – word problems with fractions. The lesson begins by reviewing key words that will be used in word problems that contain fractions, such as numerator and denominator, and provides a list of cue words that will help the students determine whether to add or subtract. Examples are provided with step-by-step instructions detailing how to solve the problems. Then activities are provided so students can practice solving the word problems on their own.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Begin by explaining to students that they will use their knowledge of fractions and operations together for the lesson today.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of word problems with fractions in order to help them practice the new algorithm. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on word problems fractions. Have students practice problems with addition and subtraction.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice problems using the model provided in the content pages.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work individually or in pairs.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students work a few problems at the beginning of the next class to reinforce the new skill.
  8. In closing, ask students to think of a time when adding or subtracting a fraction would be important.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

None for Grade 3

CCSS.Math.Content.4.NF.B.3.D

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Math