I have found that, even though dividing the numerator and the denominator by the greatest common factor is the ideal way simplifying a fraction, this is considered an "extra long step" by some students. This worksheet does not require that the students divide the numerator and denominator by the greatest common factor. This worksheet provides multiple opportunities to KEEP SIMPLIFYING until it cannot be simplified or reduced any further.
This worksheet also reinforces the thinking that a fraction needs to be simplified COMPLETELY in order for it to be truly simplified.
There are 15 fractions to simplify on this worksheet. Many are divisible by 4/4 (for example), so the students may divide by 2/2 first and, then, realize that it can be repeated.
A key is provided with this product.
This product was created by Susan M. Walker.