Fractions: Adding/Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers with Unlike Denominators
5th Grade• Half Day Lesson Plan
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Subject: Math, Numbers and Operations Fractions
Type: Half Day Lesson Plan
Skills: Adding/Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators, Adding/Subtracting Mixed Numbers with Unlike Denominators, Reducing/Simplifying Answers, Using Bar Models
File Type: PDF Document
Materials Needed: blank paper (4-6 per student), pencil, crayons/colored pencils, scissors, document camera/whiteboard, Optional: personal student dry erase boards and dry erase markers
Printable Resources: Required: printable faction game cards ( 1 set per pair) -or- students can create their own using paper/index cards; Optional: printable "Exit Slips" as an assessment component (1 copy per student)
Lesson Plan Description
This Fifth Grade, fully scripted half day of Math lesson plans is broken up into 3 separate segments (30-60 minutes each). These lessons address Numbers and Operations- Fractions: adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators (5.NF.A1). Students will learn key fraction vocabulary, take helpful notes for reference, complete independent practice of concepts, and play a game to reinforce the concept of adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.
Segment 1: Students will add and subtract basic fractions with unlike denominators using both a bar model and multiplication.
Segment 2: Students will add and subtract mixed numbers with unlike denominators using both a bar model and multiplication.
Segment 3: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the above-mentioned concepts through playing a game requiring them to add/subtract fractions with unlike denominators and then compare the sums or differences.
These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.