# A Bunch of Jumps - Learn to Subtract Fractions with Common Denominators

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A teacher-facilitated activity that teaches students to subtract fractions with common denominators

Students learn to model, draw, and use fraction strips to solve fraction subtraction problems while Coach Kerosene encourages his long jumpers to prepare for an important track meet!

5 story problems include subtraction of fractions with the same denominators.

Use with the whole class, during guided math, with small groups, or in tutoring or intervention.

This activity includes clear and concise teacher directions, a detailed answer key, and conversation starters that give students what they need to have meaningful academic discussions.

A companion activity, Jumping for Joy, uses the same context but with fraction addition.

#### Common Core Curriculum alignment

• CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.B.3.C

Add and subtract mixed numbers with like denominators, e.g., by replacing each mixed number with an equivalent fraction, and/or by using properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.

• CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.B.3.D

Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole and having like denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem.

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