Study Jams! Add & Subtract with Common Denominators

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RJ and Zoey are at camp and need to get back to the mess hall for lunch, but they don't know how far they have to walk. Help them figure out the distance while teaching young mathematicians how to add and subtract fractions with this step-by-step presentation. Two guided practice problems allow learners to apply this new skill before attempting the multiple choice questions in the Test Yourself assessment. A great resource to implement during whole-group instruction or as an in-class or homework assignment following a lesson on addition and subtraction of fractions.

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CCSS: Adaptable

  • Provides real-world contexts for adding and subtracting fractions
  • Challenges students with practice problems involving the addition and subtraction of three fractions with common denominators
  • Presentation slides and Try It! practice problems are printable

  • Requires the teacher to explain why the denominator doesn't change when adding and subtracting fractions
  • Assumes learners have prior experience with simplifying fractions