Previously, students decomposed fractions into sums of other fractions and wrote equations to record the decompositions. They also used number lines to reason about addition of fractions with the same denominator. In this lesson, students use number lines to think about differences of fractions with the same denominator. They also practice reasoning about equivalence and decomposing fractions (including mixed numbers) mentally to facilitate subtraction.
As in earlier grades, students may think about subtracting as taking away a number from another number, or as finding an unknown addend. The way they represent differences of fractions on a number line may vary accordingly.
- Reason about subtraction of fractions with the same denominator using a number line.
- Let’s explore differences of fractions on a number line.
Materials to Copy
- Make a Jump, Subtraction Edition
- Create a set of cards from the blackline master for each group of 2.
|Activity 1||20 min|
|Activity 2||15 min|
|Activity 3||15 min|
|Lesson Synthesis||10 min|
Teacher Reflection Questions
- Rolling for Fractions (3–5), Stage 2: Multiply a Fraction by a Whole Number (Addressing)
- Estimate and Measure (1–4), Stage 3: Quarter Inches (Supporting)
- Target Measurements (2–5), Stage 2: Quarter Inches (Supporting)
Print Formatted Materials
For access, consult one of our IM Certified Partners.