# Adding and Subtracting Fractions Like Denominators Error Analysis Word Problems

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Are you looking to CHALLENGE your students and make them THINK about why and how to add and subtract fractions? These word problem error analysis problems will really cause your students to think deeply about adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators.

Error analysis problems are a great way to check your students' understanding of a concept. Instead of just solving the same problems again and again on a worksheet, they have to use their critical thinking skills to determine where, if anywhere, the example student(s) went wrong. This forces them to think outside of the box and develop a deeper understanding of the WHY behind the procedures and processes.

This download includes 10 error analysis problems that practice adding and subtracting fractions in word problems. All of the fractions will have common denominators. Some of the questions do require students to convert from an improper fraction to a mixed number, or vice versa. Students should also be familiar with fraction “wholes” (3/3, 4/4, 8/8, etc.). Some basic comparing of fractions may also be necessary.

Looking to save paper? The last page of work contains the same 10 questions on one piece of paper – great for task cards or gluing into notebooks!

This product perfectly aligns with 4th grade Common Core standard: 4.NF.B.3: “Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/b.” Specifically, it helps students develop CC Standard 4.NF.B.3.D: "Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole and having like denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem."

These tasks would be great to use during guided math centers, whole-group centers, or independent practice.

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