Let’s talk about adding fractions. You could give students problems such as** 1/2 + 1/2** and **3/4 + 1/4** to solve. Most will get the correct answers, but **introducing adding fractions using word problems is powerful**. It gives students an opportunity to strengthen their understanding of fractions.

The **focus** of these word problems is for students to **show their work**. Why? Rich conversations will occur. They will be building a solid foundation that will help them once they move on to adding and subtracting fraction with unlike denominators. The word problems listed below include fractions with like denominators.

## Practice Problem #1: Whole-Group Instruction

Your goal for this first problem is to get students to show their thinking through models.

- Give each student a copy of the word problem
- Display the word problem on a projector or write it on the board/chart paper
- Students
**must draw a model**to solve - Select students to share their thinking

Problem 1:Each guest will get 1/2 of a sub sandwich. If there are 6 guests, how many sub sandwiches are needed?

## Practice Problems #2: Focused Practice

Encourage students to draw a model to solve this second word problem. Once student have found the solution, **encourage students to write an equation to match their drawing**. Again, select students to share their thinking.

Problem 2:Julian buys 4 yards of fabric to make wallets. It takes 2/3 yard of fabric to make one wallet. How many wallets can Julian make with 4 yards of fabric?

## Practice Problem #3: Exit Ticket

**Use this last problem as an exit ticket.** Students are to complete this on their own without assistance. Encourage student to **draw a model and to write an equation**. Collect and use this as a way to group students for future lessons during small groups.

Problem 3:Ivan wants to make brownies. It takes 3/4 cup of cocoa powder to make one batch of brownies. How many cups of cocoa power will Ivan need to make 3 batches of brownies?

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## Continue Your Instruction!

Now that you’ve introduced adding fractions, your students are ready to** practice**. Click on each image to learn more.

Small Group Instruction:Complete these math booklets during your guided math groups. There are 3 booklets per topic, so you know your students will receive plenty of practice.

Math Games:Each game set comes with3 games per topic! Students keep track of their work onone recording sheet. These games are part of a larger bundle that follow the same format. They are availablethird,fourth, andfifthgrade.

## What’s next?

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## 18 thoughts on “Word Problems to Introduce Adding Fractions”

Thank you for sharing your resources!

You’re welcome 🙂

Lol. These problems make math seem fun!

Great idea!

Excellent resources! Love your material.

Very excited to use.

Love this!

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Thanks for the free resource!

Thanks, I can’t wait to try this.

Enjoy 🙂

This is a perfect way to start the students understanding of adding fractions.

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Its great! Can’t wait to use it!

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Thank you! Excited to use this in my classroom.

Thank you. Looking forward to trying this.