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# Subtracting Unlike Fractions Word Problems Task Cards

• Updated:  16 May 2024

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

• Non-Editable:  PDF

• Pages:  9 Pages

teaching resource

# Subtracting Unlike Fractions Word Problems Task Cards

• Updated:  16 May 2024

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

• Non-Editable:  PDF

• Pages:  9 Pages

Use this set of word problems for subtracting fractions with unlike denominators to help your students practice this important math 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 analyze information, identify key data and practice 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?

• Instruction Page
• Recording Sheet

Use these task cards in any math 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 math 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.

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 cardstock 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 teacher in Colorado and a Teach Starter collaborator.

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