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Subtracting Unlike Fractions Word Problems Task Cards

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    Updated:  16 May 2024

Use this set of word problems for subtracting fractions with unlike denominators to help your students practise this important maths skill.

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    Editable:  Google Slides

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    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
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    Years:  6 - 7

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teaching resource

Subtracting Unlike Fractions Word Problems Task Cards

  • Updated

    Updated:  16 May 2024

Use this set of word problems for subtracting fractions with unlike denominators to help your students practise this important maths skill.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  6 - 7

Use this set of word problems for subtracting fractions with unlike denominators to help your students practise this important maths skill.

Grab This Set of Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators Word Problems

If your students have mastered strategies such as using number lines, pictorial models or the standard algorithm to subtract fractions with unlike denominators, they are most likely ready to apply these skills to worded problems. Solving word problems has great benefits for students, such as learning to analyse information, identify key data and practise critical thinking.

This set of 24 task cards contains a range of word problems that require students to subtract fractions with unlike denominators. Both mixed and non-mixed fractions are included in the questions. Students should be encouraged to use whatever strategy works best for them to solve the problems. 

Here is an example word problem:

A flower pot holds four-sixths of a cup of soil. When the pot is moved, three-fifths of a cup of soil falls out. How much soil is left in the pot?

The resource download includes:

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

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

Use these task cards in any maths lesson focused on applying strategies to solve word problems involving the subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators.

Multiple Benefits to Solving Word Problems

Did you know that solving worded problems such as these subtracting fractions with unlike denominators questions has multiple benefits for students? These include:

  • Real-World Understanding – Word problems frequently simulate real-life scenarios, helping students understand how maths is used in everyday situations. 
  • Problem-Solving Skills – By tackling word problems, students learn to break down complex problems into manageable steps.
  • Language Development – Word problems can improve students’ reading comprehension, interpretive skills and vocabulary.

Download These Subtracting Unlike 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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