Halloween Fractions Activity Addition & Subtraction

Grade Levels
4th - 5th
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Differentiating learning activities for all of your students during the same math lesson doesn’t have to be overwhelming! This no prep Fifth Grade Choice Board activity will engage students in Adding and Subtracting Fractions, in the context of fun Halloween themed situational story problems (word problems).

Many Ways to Use this Choice Board

  • Encourage students to complete problems that challenge them.
  • Differentiate by assigning certain problems to certain students. 
  • Direct students to complete any problems they would like, totaling 10 pumpkins.
  • Students can work in partnerships, choosing a problem and agreeing on an answer before checking the answer key*.
  • Fast finishers can complete another “round” of problems. They use a new recording sheet to complete a different problem from each row.


♥Choice Board: It includes 15 Halloween themed problems, each marked with pumpkins to indicate difficulty level. All problems focus on Addition and Subtraction of Fractions.

♥Student Work Recording Sheet

♥Answer Key: The answer key is designed to be self-checking and for student use. Place a sticky note over each answer. Once students have completed a problem, they should find an “Answer Key Station” in the classroom and peek under just the sticky note they need. This instant feedback helps students to avoid making the same mistake across an entire assignment. When they discover they have an incorrect answer, they should revise and rework the problem until they arrive at the correct answer. Knowing the correct answer provides students a target for their hard work. It also frees teachers up to provide instruction to small groups or 1:1 coaching!

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Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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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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