Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers: Fractured Fractions: Puzzles

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3rd - 5th
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This set of addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed number task cards provides differentiation and challenge! This is no "fill in the blank" worksheet, but instead is a rich problem-solving activity where students need to dig into their number sense and fraction understanding. Estimating and the "guess and check" strategies are key as they look to solve these differentiated fraction puzzles.

Simple denominators are used (2, 4, 8 for the first 3 sets and 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12 for the final set) and only “like” denominators are used except for the final orange set. The sets are leveled and can be used to help with differentiation in your classroom. Whether you teach from the Common Core or other rigorous standards, the ability to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers is key to strong “fraction sense”, and these puzzles are an engaging way to accomplish this!

You may have heard of “number bonds” in the primary grades. This resource taps into that concept to use fractions instead! Students gain valuable practice in breaking apart fractions and putting them back together—all in a cooperative, “puzzle-like” activity!

This resource has the following:

  • 4 puzzle sets plus recording sheets
  • Formative assessment
  • Bonus mixed number activities are included
  • Full color photos of how to use the resource, teaching tips, and answers are included as well so you can print and use right away!

Remember, this is not a "fill in the blank" activity; students need to problem solve, try different solutions, work together, and talk about math. This is a great way to get more "math talk" into your classroom--and the students will have a blast.

It is not easy--and it isn't meant to be!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Understand a fraction 𝘢/𝘣 with 𝘢 > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/𝘣.
Understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same whole.
Decompose a fraction into a sum of fractions with the same denominator in more than one way, recording each decomposition by an equation. Justify decompositions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. Examples: 3/8 = 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8; 3/8 = 1/8 + 2/8; 2 1/8 = 1 + 1 + 1/8 = 8/8 + 8/8 + 1/8.
Add and subtract mixed numbers with like denominators, e.g., by replacing each mixed number with an equivalent fraction, and/or by using properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.


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