Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators Math Color by Number

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Cognitive Cardio Math
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20-pg PDF with 3 print versions and link to Google Slides version, keys
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Practicing fraction addition and subtraction with unlike denominators has never been so much fun!

⭐️DON'T NEED DIGITAL? You can grab just the print version here.

In this fractions activity, students solve 20 problem by adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators.

  • Students self-check by finding the solution number on the coloring page and color it with the color indicated in the box for that problem.
  • Students immediately know whether or not they solved correctly - if their answer is incorrect, they won't find it on the coloring sheet!

Check out the Preview above to see what's included and to see an overview of the Google coloring.

Problems require students to:

  • Add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators
  • Solve word problems by adding or subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators


3 print coloring versions and 1 digital version:

  • Version A has the most detailed coloring, for students who work quickly.
  • Versions B and C:
    • Have 5 problems that are different from Version A. These 5 are a little easier—smaller denominators, easier to simplify (if simplifying is necessary.)
    • Have less detailed coloring than A; B and C have slightly different coloring

  • Google Slides version:
    • Same problems as print versions B and C
    • Coloring instructions and link to Google Slides file are in PDF

Two coloring pages with no numbers, for students to color their own way, for fun.

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20-pg PDF with 3 print versions and link to Google Slides version, keys
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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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.)
Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by 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 an incorrect result 2/5 + 1/2 = 3/7, by observing that 3/7 < 1/2.


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