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Fraction Puzzlers - fraction story problems task cards + printables (set b)

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Help build your students’ ability to apply fractional computation in real-world problems with this set of task cards & printables – all told, these resources include 42 different fraction-based story problems! The 32 task cards in this set present story problems that can be related to addition, subtraction, and multiplication with fractions. Extend your students’ practice (or assess their level of mastery) with the two included worksheets. With these resources, your students will grow stronger in their understanding of key fractional computation concepts.

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics addressed:
Numbers and Operations – Fractions (5.NF)
Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions.
• Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators. (5.NF.2)
Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply fractions.
• Solve real word problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers. (5.NF.6)

• 32 task cards
• fraction computation reference sheet
• task card answer sheet and key
• 2 two-sided activity sheets and scoring guide

I designed these cards to build my students flexibility with interpreting fraction story problems. Once I had taught multiplication of fractions, I worried my students would just start multiplying any fractions they saw in a word problem. I wanted to make sure my students could be flexible in their problem solving, and I figured that the problems on these cards would force them to think through the situation presented in each problem in order to decide what operation or operations would best help them answer the question at hand. I hope they so the same for your own students.

The problems on the 32 cards in this set are varied in type. There are addition, subtraction, and multiplication-based problems, and a number of the problems on the card are multi-step. The problems that are multiplication-based are themselves a mix of problem types; some require students to find a fraction of a fraction, some to find a fraction of a whole number, and some to find the area of a rectangular figure with fractional dimensions. The cards do not build in difficulty, so they can be done in or out of numeric order.

The printables consist of a graphic reference sheet and two different one-page worksheets. The graphic reference sheet provides a quick review for various computational procedures with fractions – adding and subtracting with like and unlike denominators, multiplying a fraction by a whole number, multiplying a fraction by a fraction, and multiplying a mixed number by a whole number. Before you have your students complete the cards, you can have them glue the reference sheet in their journals.

The two provided worksheets can be used to evaluate student understanding of fraction computation. The worksheets are formatted similarly, and have similar types of questions, though the numbers on each are different. You can use these activity pages in a variety of ways: pre-test/post-test, guided practice, homework, center assignments, or any other purpose that fits your teaching style or classroom routines.


Looking for word problems that involve adding and subtracting with like denominators? Check out Fraction Puzzlers (Set A), an introductory set of problem-based 32 task cards and printables.


For more practice with fractions, please check out the other related resources I have available –

Foxy Fractions - adding/subtracting unlike denominators task cards + printables

Mastering the Practices instruction & assessment tasks – fraction of a number

Find the Fraction - fraction of a number task cards + printables (set a)

Find the Fraction - fraction of a number task cards + printables (set b)

Fraction Attack – simplifying fraction ppt + printables set

Name That Equation - fraction multiplication task cards + printables set

I hope your students enjoy these resources and are able to build their proficiency with fractions.
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Fraction Puzzlers - fraction story problems task cards + p
Fraction Puzzlers - fraction story problems task cards + p