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Worksheets for fraction addition

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Addition of fractions is typically taught starting in 4th grade, with like fractions (same denominator, such as 3/8 + 2/8). Children start out by using manipulatives so they can understand the concept, and then they can go on to abstract problems.

Next, in 5th grade, students tackle adding unlike fractions (fractions with different denominators, such as 3/4 + 2/5) and mixed numbers with unlike fractional parts. The procedure for this involves converting the fractions to be added to equivalent fractions with a common denominator. After the conversion, you have like fractions (fractions with the same denominator) which you can add easily. To understand how this is done, please see this video on adding unlike fractions on my other site (MathMammoth.com)

In 6th and 7th grades, students simply practice addition of fractions using larger denominators and more complex problems.

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Fraction addition worksheets: grade 4

The fractions in grade 4 addition problems are limited to like fractions — fractions with a same denominator.

Here are some more fraction worksheets you can use in grade 4. They also use only fractions with a same denominator (like fractions).

Fraction addition worksheets: grade 5

In grade 5, students learn to add unlike fractions — fractions with different denominators.

Here are some more fraction worksheets for grade 5.

Fraction addition worksheets: grades 6-7

In grades 6 and 7, students simply practice addition with fractions that have larger denominators than in grade 5.

Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators

If the denominators are not the same, then you have to use equivalent fractions which do have a common denominator . To do this, you need to find the least common multiple (LCM) of the two denominators.

To add fractions with unlike denominators, rename the fractions with a common denominator. Then add and simplify.

For example, suppose you want to add:

The LCM of 3 and 11 is 33 . So, we need to find fractions equivalent to 1 11 and 2 3 which have 33 in the denominator. Multiply the numerator and denominator of 1 11 by 3 , and multiply the numerator and denominator of 2 3 by 11 .

( 1 × 3 11 × 3 ) + ( 2 × 11 3 × 11 ) = 3 33 + 22 33

Now we have like denominators, and we can add as described above.

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Add & Subtract Fractions for Grade 5

These grade 5 worksheets provide practice in adding and subtracting fractions with both like and unlike denominators .

Adding like fractions

Adding unlike fractions

Subtracting like fractions

Subtracting unlike fractions

Word problems

Sample Grade 5 Adding Fractions Worksheet

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