Grade 5 Fractions: Addition & Subtraction – CCSS

Students model, draw, explain, solve, justify, and journal to master 5th Grade addition and subtraction of fractions.


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  • Model addition with simple fractions & mixed numbers
  • Model subtraction with simple fractions & mixed numbers
  • Develop fluency in addition & subtraction of fractions

Available in English and Spanish


Fractions – traditionally hard to teach and harder to learn – but not with TeachTransform’s 5th Grade Fractions: Addition & Subtraction. In whole group and small group instruction as well as centers, students create models to find common denominators. Then they model and draw, and explain the operations and journal to justify thinking. Perfect for guided math.

Silly characters and contexts keep students interested and develop problem solving grit. Students make sand castles with ants and have a meal with a hungry, glowing grubworm.
This book includes activities for the whole class, small groups, centers, intervention, and guided math that build the academic language of fractions.

Each activity includes:

  • CCSS
  • Setting Up for Instruction
  • How-To Guide with full teacher directions including questions
  • Thought Extender Questions to help students get ‘unstuck’ and focus on the math concepts
  • Answer Key
  • Content explanations to deepen teacher understanding of fraction concepts
  • Instruction extras to support implementation of instructional strategies

Tutoring & Intervention

5th Grade Fractions: Addition and Subtraction activities can be used for Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 instruction in 5th grade and to help 6th graders review fraction operations. Are some students struggling with the basics? The activities in 4th-5th Grade Fractions: Foundations can be used to catch 5th graders up on simplifying and finding equivalent fractions and fill in gaps without loss of rigor or time. Are any of your students “adding” fractions like this – ½ + ½ = ¼? Back up to 4th Fractions: Operations or 4th Grade Fractions: Equivalence and Comparison to fill gaps and give them a fractions “booster”.

Instructional Alignment from Grades 2–5

Not only is the content aligned among the grades, but the instructional strategies are too. For students who are “growing up” with TeachTransform’s instructional materials, you can expect them, with a little prompting, to give an answer that includes a why, to use sentences to explain their thinking, to question each other in small groups. This lightens the instructional and cognitive load in each grade and leads to mastery.

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