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Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions (Standards 5.NF.12). Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions (Standards 5.NF.37).

Standard 5.NF.2

Solve real-world problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators by, for example, using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers. For example, recognize 2/5 + 1/2 = 3/7 as an incorrect result, by observing that 3/7 < 1/2.

  • Addition of Fractions Using a Visual Model
    Adding two fractions with unlike denominators is the focus of this video lesson. Students will learn how to use a visual model to work with these fractions. NOTE: You have to create a Free PBS Account to view this web page, but it is easy to do and worth the effort.
  • Calculation Nation
    Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge opponents from anywhere in the world. At the same time, students are able to challenge themselves by investigating significant mathematical content and practicing fundamental skills. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement.
  • Commutative and Associative Equations
    This lesson focuses on how to rearrange and combine parts of algebraic expressions by using the commutative and associative properties of addition. NOTE: You have to create a Free PBS Account to view this web page, but it is easy to do and worth the effort.
  • Do These Add Up?
    This set of questions is designed to enhance a student's understanding of when it is and is not appropriate to add fractions.
  • Fraction Facts
    This lesson plan uses an online game to teach students how to perform the four basic operations on fractions.
  • Fractions on a Line Plot
    The purpose of this task is for students to add unit fractions with unlike denominators and solve addition and subtraction problems involving fractions that have more than one possible solution.
  • Grade 5 Math Module 3: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions (EngageNY)
    In Module 3, students' understanding of addition and subtraction of fractions extends from earlier work with fraction equivalence and decimals. This module marks a significant shift away from the elementary grades' centrality of base ten units to the study and use of the full set of fractional units from Grade 5 forward, especially as applied to algebra.
  • Grade 5 Unit 4: Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and Dividing Fractions (Georgia Standards)
    Students apply their understanding of fractions and fraction models to represent the addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators as equivalent calculations with like denominators.
  • Number and Operations - Fractions (5.NF) - Fifth Grade Core Guide
    The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and educators around the state of Utah developed these guides for Fifth Grade Mathematics - Number and Operations - Fractions (5.NF)
  • Salad Dressing
    The purpose of this task is to have students add fractions with unlike denominators and divide a unit fraction by a whole number. This accessible real-life context provides students with an opportunity to apply their understanding of addition as joining two separate quantities.
  • Sharing Chocolate
    This task was designed to include specific features that support access for all students and align to best practice for English Language Learner (ELL) instruction.
  • Sharing Lunches
    This task requires students to think about how a single situation involving fractions can be accurately represented using addition or multiplication.
  • Subtraction of Fractions Using a Visual Model
    Students will learn how to subtract fractions with unlike denominators by using a visual model. NOTE: You have to create a Free PBS Account to view this web page, but it is easy to do and worth the effort.
  • To Multiply Or Not to Multiply, Variation 2
    This task was written as part of a collaborative project between Illustrative Mathematics, the Smarter Balanced Digital Library, and the Teaching Channel.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialists - Trish  French or Molly  Basham and see the Mathematics - Elementary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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