Initial Fraction Ideas Lesson 22: Overview

Have young mathematicians subtracting fractions in no time with this manipulative-based math lesson. Using their sets of fraction circles, students explore a number of word problems involving the subtraction of fractions before working collaboratively to create problems of their own.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • During whole-group instruction, allow students to work with a partner or in small groups solving the different word problems
  • Use the word problems students create as warm-up exercises and/or homework assignments during the following lessons on fractions
  • If the technology is available, use the online manipulatives during whole-group instruction to represent the word problems with different visual models
Classroom Considerations

  • If sets of plastic fraction circle manipulatives are not available in your class, use the included templates and make them yourself

  • Multiple guided practice word problems are provided that involve subtracting fractions
  • Lesson includes comments and suggestions that support teachers with implementing this lesson
  • A warm up problem is included that activates students' prior knowledge about comparing fractions

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