Adding Unlike Fractions with Fraction Tiles, Print and Digital

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Before students learn algorithms for adding fractions with different denominators, extensive hands-on experiences help them build an understanding of the process. These task cards are designed to be used with fraction tiles, allowing students to freely explore with the tiles. If you don't have fraction tiles, printable fraction tiles are included in this file, in both color and black & white.


  • 24 cards with two addends, missing sum
  • 24 cards with two addends, sum provided, missing numerator
  • 12 cards with three addends, missing sum
  • 12 cards with three addends, sum provided, missing numerator
  • Google Slides file with 72 slides containing all of the cards listed above and movable fraction tiles
  • Answer key

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Answer Key
Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, 𝘢/𝘣 + 𝘤/𝘥 = (𝘢𝘥 + 𝘣𝘤)/𝘣𝘥.)


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