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Subtracting Like Fractions Word Problems Task Cards

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    Updated:  16 May 2024

Use this set of subtracting fractions with like denominators word problems to help your students put their fraction computation skills into practice!

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    Editable:  Google Slides

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    Non-Editable:  PDF

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    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  5 - 6

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teaching resource

Subtracting Like Fractions Word Problems Task Cards

  • Updated

    Updated:  16 May 2024

Use this set of subtracting fractions with like denominators word problems to help your students put their fraction computation skills into practice!

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  5 - 6

Use this set of subtracting fractions with like denominators word problems to help your students put their fraction computation skills into practice!

Grab This Set of Subtracting Fractions with Like Denominators Word Problems

If your students have mastered basic computations involving the subtraction of fractions with like denominators, you might be wondering whether they can apply these skills to a new context, such as word problems. Well, there is one sure way to find out!

This set of 24 task cards contains a range of word problems that require students to subtract fractions with like denominators. Both mixed and non-mixed fractions are included in the questions. All questions are embedded in real-world, age-appropriate situations that students will be familiar with.

Here is an example word problem:

Harriet’s class had seven-eighths of the students in attendance. During the day, two-eighths went home. What fraction of the class was left?

The resource download includes:

  • Instruction Page
  • Task Cards
  • Recording Sheet
  • Answer Page

These subtracting fractions with like denominators word problems can be downloaded as a printable PDF or editable Google Slides file.

These task cards can be used for whole-class, small-group or individual instruction.

Multiple Strategies for Solving Fractions Word Problems

One of the benefits of word problems is that they can be approached in multiple ways. Each time a student is faced with a new problem, they have an opportunity to experiment with the various strategies they have learned for subtracting unlike fractions. They might choose a strategy that best suits their learning style or that they feel best suits the requirements of the specific question.

Some of the strategies your students could draw upon to complete these subtracting fractions with like denominators word problems include:

  • Concrete models
  • Fraction circles
  • Fraction tiles
  • Number lines
  • Fraction notation

Encourage your students to use a variety of these strategies when answering these subtracting like fractions word problems.

Download These Subtracting Like Fractions Word Problems

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As this resource contains an answer page, we recommend printing one copy of the entire file, removing the answer page, then making further copies if required.

Print the cards on cardboard to increase the durability of the resource. Place the cards together in a large envelope or ziplock bag for safekeeping.


This resource was created by Cassandra Friesen, a Teach Starter collaborator.


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