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Fun with Fractions

6
7

Mixed

3 x 7 = 21
21+ 6 = 27

21
4

19
5

27
7

1
7

2
5

Table of Contents
Fun with Fractions
Skills Practice: Adding Mixed Fractions #1 *
Skills Practice: Adding Mixed Fractions #2 *
Skills Practice: Adding Mixed Fractions #3 *
Cupcakes Challenge: Practice Fractions *
Skills Practice: Mixed and Improper Fractions #1 *
Skills Practice: Mixed and Improper Fractions #2 *
Skills Practice: Mixed and Improper Fractions #3 *
Skills Practice: Mixed Fractions *
Skills Practice: Mixed and Improper Fractions #4 *
Selling Fractions *
Strawberry Fractions *
Fraction Word Problems: Multiplying With Whole Numbers *
Fraction Word Problems: Multiplying Fractions with Fractions *
Fraction Word Problems: Adding with Unlike Denominators *
Fraction Word Problems: Subtracting with Unlike Denominators *

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Answer Sheets
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Skills Practice

ADDING MIXED FRACTIONS


Practice your fraction arithmetic skills
by adding the following mixed fractions.
Be sure to show your work and simplify
your answers.

2
5

1 +3

6
7

9
35

3
2

3
5

3
4

+4

1
2

+6

1
4

+1

1
3

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x7

7
5

x7

49
35

1
4

5
6

2
3

1
2

27
7

135
35

Rewrite as
improper
fractions

27

Find least
common
denominator

x5
x5

184
35

4
7

1
6

1
5

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35

Skills Practice

ADDING MIXED FRACTIONS


Practice your fraction arithmetic skills
by adding the following mixed fractions.
Be sure to show your work and simplify
your answers.

1
6

3 +2

3
5

23
30

6
3

4
5

1
2

+1

2
5

+4

1
3

+4

2
3

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19
6
95
30

3
7

19

3
4

2
7

4
7

x5
x5

13
5

78
30

Rewrite as
improper
fractions

13

Find least
common
denominator

x6
x6

173
30

6
7

5
6

2
3

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23
30

Skills Practice

ADDING MIXED FRACTIONS


Practice your fraction arithmetic skills
by adding the following mixed fractions.
Be sure to show your work and simplify
your answers.

2
3

1 +4

1
7

17
21

3
5

2
5

3
4

+2

1
6

+4

1
2

+1

6
7

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5
3

x7
x7

35
21

3
7

1
4

1
3

3
7

29
7

87
21

Rewrite as
improper
fractions

29

Find least
common
denominator

x3
x3

122
21

4
5

3
5

1
6

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21

Cupcakes Challenge: Practice Fractions


Aunt Marie needs help figuring out how much of each ingredient she will need to buy in order
to make this cupcake recipe. Can you help her?

Recipe

She has...

All purpose flour 4 1


3

cups

2
3

cup

Sugar

33
4

cups

6
8

cup

Baking powder

teaspoons

6
5

teaspoons

Milk

cups

11
6

cups

Vanilla

teaspoons

23
6

teaspoons

Eggs

She needs...

More challenge!
This recipe is for 12 people. If Aunt Marie wanted to cut the recipe in half, how much of each
ingredient would it call for?

All purpose flour


Sugar
Baking powder
Milk
Vanilla
Eggs

Skills
Practice

MIXED + IMPROPER FRACTIONS

For each of the following fractions, give them the appropriate


label and rewrite them in the alternate form. Show your work.

42
5
42

Improper

25
3

19
6

1
3

11
2

5 = 8 R2

8 25
4

3
7

1
2

17
3

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Practice
MIXED + IMPROPER FRACTIONS

For each of the following fractions, give them the appropriate


label and rewrite them in the alternate form. Show your work.

6
7

Mixed

21
4

16
3

3 x 7 = 21
21+ 6 = 27

27
7

1
7

19
5

2
5

33
7

3 16

2 56

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Skills
Practice
MIXED + IMPROPER FRACTIONS

For each of the following fractions, give them the appropriate


label and rewrite them in the alternate form. Show your work.

5
7

Mixed

21
5

34
5

7 x 4 = 28
28 + 5 = 33

33
7

1
6

4
7

3
5

32
5

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2

31
4

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M i x e d

F r a c t i o n s

Practice your fraction skills by rewriting the following improper


fractions as mixed fractions. Be sure to show your work.

20
7

13
6

31
7

24
7

17
2

29
3

12
5

23
6

19
4

20

7=2

R6

6
7

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Skills
Practice

MIXED + IMPROPER FRACTIONS

For each of the following fractions, give them the appropriate


label and rewrite them in the alternate form. Show your work.

32
7
32

Improper

5
6

34
5

7 = 4 R4

4 47
1

3
5

11
2

26
5

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3

1
3

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7

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SELLING FRACTIONS
Mona is selling her pies at the school bake sale. She has 2 different
types of pies, apple and lemon meringue. She has 4 of each pie.

prices

$12 for a whole Lemon Meringue Pie


$7 1/2 Lemon Meringue Pie
$2 1/8 (a slice) Lemon Meringue Pie
$10 for a whole Apple Pie
$6 1/2 an Apple Pie
$1 1/8 (a slice) Apple Pie

Carol loves Monas pies. She buys a whole Lemon Meringue pie and
3/4 of an Apple Pie.
How much money did she pay?
Brett loves apples so he buys 5/8 of an apple pie.
How much money did he pay?
Lulu can only afford 2 slices of each pie.
How much money did she pay?
Timothy likes apples but his parents want the lemon meringue pie.
To compromise he buys a whole apple pie for himself and 3/4 of
the lemon meringue pie for his parents.
How much money did he pay?
In total how much money did Mona make?
How many apple pies are left over?
How many lemon meringue pies are left?
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STRAWBERRY
FRACTIONS
Amy is selling her strawberries at her fruit stand in the local farmers
market. She starts the day with 11 bushels of strawberries.

prices
$3 bushel of strawberries
$2 bushel of strawberries
$1.25 bushel of strawberries
$.75 1/8 bushel of strawberries
Ellen needs 4 bushels for her bakery.
How many bushels are left?
How much money did she pay?
Billy came to buy 1 bushels.
How many bushels are left?
How much money did he pay?
Todd and his family came to buy 2

3
8

bushels.

How many bushels are left?


How much money did they pay?
Jack wants to buy a bushel but could only afford 3/8 of a bushel.
How many bushels does Amy have left?
How much money did he pay?
How many bushels were sold today?
How much money was made today?
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Math
Fractions

Fraction Word Problems


Multiplying With Whole Numbers

When you multiply a fraction with a whole number, first you must write the multiplication equation.
Example: Tammy drank 2
Susie drink? 3

gallon of lemonade. Susie drank 3 times more. How much did

1. Write multiplication equation.

2
3

x 3

2. Write the whole number as a fraction by putting 1 as the denominator.

3 =

3
1

numerator
denominator

3. Multiply the numerator with the numerator, multiply the denominator with the denominator.

2
3

3
1

2x3
3x1

6
3

Solve the word problems by multiplying fractions.


Rose ate 1 of the soup in the pot. Kristi ate 4 times more that Rose did. How much soup did Kristi have?

8
1. Write multiplication equation.

2. Write the whole number as a fraction


by putting 1 as the denominator.

3. Multiply the numerator with numerator,


multiply denominator with denominator.

x
=

x
Jenn has 20 skirts. She donated 4

of them. How much did she give away?

5
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Fractions

Fraction Word Problems


Multiplying Fractions with Fractions

equation.
Example:

1 of Jaspers marbles are green. 2 of his green marbles were given to him by his
4
3
brother. What fraction of Jaspers marbles are green marbles given to him by his
brother?

1. Write multiplication equation.

1 x
4

2
3

2. Multiply the numerator with numerator, multiply denominator with denominator.

1
4

2
3

numerator

=
denominator

1x2
4x3

2
12

Solve the word problems by multiplying fractions.

2 of Ashleys fruit are strawberries. 1 of the strawberries are chocolate covered.


5
4
What fraction of Ashleys fruit are chocolate-covered strawberries?
1. Write the multiplication equation.

2. Multiply the numerator with the numerator,


multiply the denominator with the denominator.

x
=

x
x

2 of Marks tea is white tea. 1 of Marks white tea was bought from England.
3
2
What fraction of Marks tea came from England?

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Math
Fractions

Fraction Word Problems:

+ Adding with Unlike Denominators

When you add fractions with unlike denominators, first you need to make the denominators equal.
numerator
Example:
1
1

denominator

1. Multiply each fraction by the other fractions denominator.

Multiply both the numerator and the denominator of


by 2.
3
Notice that now the denominator is equal to 6.

1 x 2 = 2
3
2
6

denominator

1 x 3 = 3
2
3
6

denominator

(Remember: any number over itself is equal to 1! Since we multiplied


1
2
by the equivalent of 1, is equal to . )
3

Multiply both the numerator and the denominator of


by 3.
2
Notice that now the denominator is equal to 6.

2
6

2. Now you have 2 and 3 . Add them together.

3
6

5
6

Solve the word problems by adding fractions.

2
Mr. Snail walked 1 mile in the morning and
mile in the evening. How many miles did he walk in total?
7

1. Multiply each fraction by the other fractions denominator.

Multiply

1 by 7 .
6
7

2. Now you get

1 x 7 =
6
7

and

Multiply

2 by 6 .
6
7

3. Add them together.

2 x 6 =
7
6

Read the question below and use another piece of paper to find the answer. Show your work.

Mr. Snail weighs

2
5

pound and Ms. Butterfly weighs

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8

pound. How much do they weigh together?

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Fractions

Fraction Word Problems:

- Subtracting with Unlike Denominators

When you subtract fractions with unlike denominators, first you need to make the denominators equal.
Example:

3
4

numerator

1
5

denominator

1. Multiply each fraction by the other fractions denominator.

15

3 by 5.
x
=
Multiply both the numerator and the denominator of
4
5
20
4
Notice that now the denominator is equal to 20.

denominator

(Remember: any number over itself is equal to 1! Since we multiplied


by the equivalent of 1, 3 is equal to 15 . )
20

Multiply both the numerator and the denominator of


by 4.
5
Notice that now the denominator is equal to 20.

denominator

15 - 4 = 11
20
20
20

2. Now you have 15 and 4 . Subtract them.

20

1 x 4 = 4
5
4
20

20

Solve the word problems by subtracting fractions.

2
The puppy is 5 of a foot tall and the kitten is
of a foot tall. How much taller is the puppy than
5
6
the kitten?
1. Multiply each fraction by the other fractions denominator.

Multiply

5 by 5 .
6
5

2. Now you have

5 x 5 =
6
5

and

Multiply

2 by 6 .
6
5

3. Subtract them.

2 x 6 =
5
6

Read the question below and use another piece of paper to find the answer. Show your work.

The puppy ate

3
4

of a carton of milk and the kitten ate

5
7

of a carton of milk.

How much more did the puppy eat?

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Answer Sheets
Fun with Fractions
Skills Practice: Adding Mixed Fractions #1
Skills Practice: Adding Mixed Fractions #2
Skills Practice: Adding Mixed Fractions #3
Cupcakes Challenge: Practice Fractions
Skills Practice: Mixed and Improper Fractions #1
Skills Practice: Mixed and Improper Fractions #2
Skills Practice: Mixed and Improper Fractions #3
Skills Practice: Mixed Fractions
Skills Practice: Mixed and Improper Fractions #4
Selling Fractions
Strawberry Fractions
Fraction Word Problems: Multiplying With Whole Numbers
Fraction Word Problems: Multiplying Fractions with Fractions
Fraction Word Problems: Adding with Unlike Denominators
Fraction Word Problems: Subtracting with Unlike Denominators

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Skills Practice

ADDING MIXED FRACTIONS


Practice your fraction arithmetic skills
by adding the following mixed fractions.
Be sure to show your work and simplify
your answers.

2
5

1 +3

6
7

9
35

3
2

3
5

3
4

+4

1
2

x7

7
5

x7

+6

1
4

+1

1
3

5
6

17
20

2
3

1
12

3 12

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3
4

49
35

1
4

ANSWERS

27
7

135
35

Rewrite as
improper
fractions

27

Find least
common
denominator

x5
x5

184
35

9
35

4
7

17
42

1
6

5
6

1
5

7
10

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Pa

ADDING MIXED FRACTIONS


Practice your fraction arithmetic skills
by adding the following mixed fractions.
Be sure to show your work and simplify
your answers.

3 +2
1
6

3
5

ANSWERS

=
5

23
30

19
6
95
30

3
4

2
15

2
7

11

1
6

2 47

+1

2
5

4
5

+4

1
3

1
2

+4

2
3

3
7

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29
35
36

x5
x5

19

13
5

78
30

Rewrite as
improper
fractions

13

Find least
common
denominator

x6
x6

173
30

23
30

6
7

5
6

5
42

2
3

5
21

17
28

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Skills Practice

ADDING MIXED FRACTIONS


Practice your fraction arithmetic skills
by adding the following mixed fractions.
Be sure to show your work and simplify
your answers.

2
3

1 +4

1
7

17
21

+2

1
6

2
5

5 +4

1
2

3
4

6
7

+1

9
10

17
28

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25
42

5
3

x7
x7

35
21

3
7

ANSWERS

1
4

1
3

3
7

29
7

87
21

Rewrite as
improper
fractions

29

Find least
common
denominator

x3
x3

4
5

122
21

17
21

1
20

3
5

14
15

1
6

25
42

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Cupcakes Challenge: Practice Fractions
to make this cupcake recipe. Can you help her?

Recipe
41
3

She has...

She needs...

2
3

cup

Sugar

33
4

cups

6
8

cup

Baking powder

teaspoons

6
5

teaspoons

Milk

cups

11
6

cups

Vanilla

teaspoons

23
6

teaspoons

Eggs

2
3 cup

3 cup
2 54 teaspoons
5
6 cups
1
2 teaspoons

3
2

eggs

More challenge!
This recipe is for 12 people. If Aunt Marie wanted to cut the recipe in half, how much of each
ingredient would it call for?

1
6 cup

7
cup
8
Baking powder 2 teaspoons

Sugar

Milk
Vanilla
Eggs

cup

3 teaspoons
1

egg

Answer Sheet

Skills
Practice

ANSWERS

MIXED + IMPROPER FRACTIONS

For each of the following fractions, give them the appropriate


label and rewrite them in the alternate form. Show your work.

42
5
42

Improper

19
6

Improper

Mixed

Mixed

3 16

8 13

2
5

2 13

31
7
1
2

Improper

5 = 8 R2

8
4 37

25
3

Mixed

11
2

7
3
17
3

11
2

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Improper

5 23

Improper

5 12
6 45

Mixed

34
5

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Skills
Practice
MIXED + IMPROPER FRACTIONS

ANSWERS

For each of the following fractions, give them the appropriate


label and rewrite them in the alternate form. Show your work.

6
7

Mixed

21
4

Improper

16
3

Improper

3 x 7 = 21
21+ 6 = 27

27
7

5 17

Mixed

2 25

36
7
19
5

Improper

5 13

5 14
Mixed

33
7

12
5

3 16

3 45

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Mixed

19
6

Improper

4 57
2 56

Mixed

17
6

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Skills
Practice
MIXED + IMPROPER FRACTIONS

ANSWERS

For each of the following fractions, give them the appropriate


label and rewrite them in the alternate form. Show your work.

5
7

Mixed

21
5

Improper

34
5

Improper

7 x 4 = 28
28 + 5 = 33

33
7

1
6

Mixed

3
5

49
6

4
7

Mixed

6 45

4 15
Mixed

1
2

33
5
32
5

46
7

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Improper

6 25

Mixed

17
2
31
4

Improper

7 34

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AN
M i x e d

S
R
E
SW

F r a c t i o n s

Practice your fraction skills by rewriting the following improper


fractions as mixed fractions. Be sure to show your work.

20
7
20

13
6
7=2

R6

6
7

24
7

31
7

1
6

17
2

3
7

12
5

1
2

23
6

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3
7

2
3

3
4

29
3

2
5

19
4

5
6

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Skills
Practice

ANSWERS

MIXED + IMPROPER FRACTIONS

For each of the following fractions, give them the appropriate


label and rewrite them in the alternate form. Show your work.

32
7
32

Improper

4 56

29
6

Mixed

26
5

8
5
11
2

34
5

Improper

7 = 4 R4

4 47
1 35

Mixed

Improper

Improper

6 45
8 13

25
3

5 15
7

5 12

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2
3

Mixed

23
3

Mixed

12
7

Improper

1 57

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SELLING FRACTIONS
Mona is selling her pies at the school bake sale. She has 2 different
types of pies, apple and lemon meringue. She has 4 of each pie.

prices

$12 for a whole Lemon Meringue Pie


$7 1/2 Lemon Meringue Pie bushel of
strawberries

$2 1/8 (a slice) Lemon Meringue Pie


$10 for a whole Apple Pie
$6 1/2 a Apple Pie
$1 1/8 (a slice) Apple Pie
Carol loves Monas pies. She buys a whole Lemon Meringue pie and
$12 = whole lemon meringue
a pie and a 3/4 of the Apple Pie. $8 = 1/2 an apple pie+ 2 slices to make 3/4
of an apple pie

How much money did she pay?

$20

Brett loves apples so he buys 5/8 of an apple pie.


$7 = 1/2 apple pie + 1 slice to make 5/8 of an apple pie

$7

How much money did he pay?


Lulu can only afford 2 slices of each pie.

(2 x $2 lemon pie slice) + (2 x $1 apple pie slice)

$6
How much money did she pay?
Timothy likes apples but his parents want the lemon meringue pie.
To compromise he buys a whole apple pie for himself and 3/4 of
$10 = whole apple pie
the lemon meringue pie for his parents.$11 = 1/2 an lemon meringue + 2 slices to make
3/4 of a lemon meringue pie

How much money did he pay?

$21

In total how much money did Mona make? $54


3
How many apple pies are left over? 1 8 or a whole pie and 3 slices
How many lemon meringue pies are left?
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STRAWBERRY
FRACTIONS
Amy is selling her strawberries at her fruit stand in the local farmers
market. She starts the day with 11 bushels of strawberries.

prices
$3 bushel of strawberries
$2 bushel of strawberries
$1.25 bushel of strawberries
$.75 1/8 bushel of strawberries
Ellen needs 4 bushels for her bakery.
3

How many bushels are left?


How much money did she pay?

64
$15.25

Billy came to buy 1 bushel.


1

How many bushels are left?

52
$4.25

How much money did he pay?


Todd and his family came to buy 2

3
8

How many bushels are left?

bushels.
1

38

How much money did they pay?

$8

Jack wants to buy bushel but could only afford 3/8 of a bushel.
How many bushels does Amy have left?
How much money did he pay?
How many bushels were sold today?
How much money was made today?
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3
4

$2
8 34
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Math
Fractions

Fraction Word Problems

Answer Key

Multiplying With Whole Numbers


When you multiply a fraction with a whole number, first you must write the multiplication equation.
Example: Tammy drank 2
Susie drink? 3

gallon of lemonade. Susie drank 3 times more. How much did

1. Write multiplication equation.

2
3

x 3

2. Write the whole number as a fraction by putting 1 as the denominator.

3 =

3
1

numerator
denominator

3. Multiply the numerator with the numerator, multiply the denominator with the denominator.

2
3

3
1

2x3
3x1

6
3

Solve the word problems by multiplying fractions.


Rose ate 1 of the soup in the pot. Kristi ate 4 times more that Rose did. How much soup did Kristi have?

8
1. Write multiplication equation.

2. Write the whole number as a fraction


by putting 1 as the denominator.

3. Multiply the numerator with numerator,


multiply denominator with denominator.

1 x 4x
8 x 1
Jenn has 20 skirts. She donated 4

4
8

of them. How much did she give away?

5
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Jenn gave away

16

shirts.

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A nswer Key
Math
Fractions

Fraction Word Problems


Multiplying Fractions with Fractions

equation.

1 of Jaspers marbles are green. 2 of his green marbles were given to him by his
4
3

Example:

brother. What fraction of Jaspers marbles are green marbles given to him by his
brother?
1. Write multiplication equation.

1 x
4

2
3

2. Multiply the numerator with numerator, multiply denominator with denominator.

1
4

numerator

2
3

=
denominator

1x2
4x3

2
12

Solve the word problems by multiplying fractions.

2 of Ashleys fruit are strawberries. 1 of the strawberries are chocolate covered.


5
4
What fraction of Ashleys fruit are chocolate-covered strawberries?
1. Write the multiplication equation.

2. Multiply the numerator with the numerator,


multiply the denominator with the denominator.

2 x 1
=

2
20

2 of Marks tea is white tea. 1 of Marks white tea was bought from England.
3
2
What fraction of Marks tea came from England?

1
3 of Marks tea is white tea from England.

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Answer Sheet
Math
Fractions

Fraction Word Problems:

+ Adding with Unlike Denominators

When you add fractions with unlike denominators, first you need to make the denominators equal.
numerator
Example:
1
1

denominator

1. Multiply each fraction by the other fractions denominator.

Multiply both the numerator and the denominator of


by 2.
3
Notice that now the denominator is equal to 6.

1 x 2 = 2
3
2
6

denominator

1 x 3 = 3
2
3
6

denominator

(Remember: any number over itself is equal to 1! Since we multiplied


1
2
by the equivalent of 1, is equal to . )
3

Multiply both the numerator and the denominator of


by 3.
2
Notice that now the denominator is equal to 6.

2
6

2. Now you have 2 and 3 . Add them together.

3
6

5
6

Solve the word problems by adding fractions.

2
Mr. Snail walked 1 mile in the morning and
mile in the evening. How many miles did he walk in total?
7

1. Multiply each fraction by the other fractions denominator.

1 by 7 .
Multiply
6
7

2. Now you get

7
42

1 x 7 =
6
7

and

12

7
42

Multiply

2 by 6 .
6
7

3. Add them together.

42

7
42

2 x 6 = 12
7
6
42

12

42

19
42

Read the question below and use another piece of paper to find the answer. Show your work.

Mr. Snail weighs

2
5

pound and Ms. Butterfly weighs

Together, they weigh


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40

3
8

pound. How much do they weigh together?

pound.
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Answer Sheet
Math
Fractions

Fraction Word Problems:

- Subtracting with Unlike Denominators

When you subtract fractions with unlike denominators, first you need to make the denominators equal.
Example:

3
4

numerator

1
5

denominator

1. Multiply each fraction by the other fractions denominator.

15

3 by 5.
x
=
Multiply both the numerator and the denominator of
4
5
20
4
Notice that now the denominator is equal to 20.

denominator

(Remember: any number over itself is equal to 1! Since we multiplied


by the equivalent of 1, 3 is equal to 15 . )
20

Multiply both the numerator and the denominator of


by 4.
5
Notice that now the denominator is equal to 20.

denominator

15 - 4 = 11
20
20
20

2. Now you have 15 and 4 . Subtract them.

20

1 x 4 = 4
5
4
20

20

Solve the word problems by subtracting fractions.

2
The puppy is 5 of a foot tall and the kitten is
of a foot tall. How much taller is the puppy than
5
6
the kitten?
1. Multiply each fraction by the other fractions denominator.

Multiply

5 by 5 .
6
5

2. Now you have

25
30

5 x 5 = 25
30
6
5

and

12
30

2 by 6 .
6
5

Multiply

25
30

3. Subtract them.

2 x 6 = 12
30
5
6

12
30

13
30

Read the question below and use another piece of paper to find the answer. Show your work.

The puppy ate

3
4

of a carton of milk and the kitten ate

How much more did the puppy eat?

5
7

of a carton of milk.

The puppy drank

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more milk than the kitten.

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