Working with fractions is one of the most difficult concepts for students. This week I am going to go through some interactives and web tools that will help students add and subtract fractions with both common denominators and without common denominators. In my experience students have problems with adding and subtracting fractions in all the levels of mathematics, from Math Foundations to AP Calculus. It seems to be a concept that students don’t grasp early on, and then struggle with throughout their math education. The following is a list of interactives and activities that can really help students work through their struggles with adding and subtracting fractions. I believe adding a visual element to this concept will help students tremendously. This list is just a few of the interactives that I have found online. Please feel free to look even further and share your findings with all of us.
This is a tutorial that goes through many concepts dealing with fractions, including adding and subtracting fractions.
This interactive shows a visual representation of a fraction while working through addition/subtraction problems with common and unlike denominators.
This interactive allows students to create their own game depending on what skill they want to practice.
This game asks students to select the correct answer to an addition/subtraction problem while a fish scoops the correct answer up.
This game asks students to select the correct answer as they are riding in a boat. The answers are held up by bugs flying by the window of the boat.
This is a list of fraction quizzes that students can complete to practice their skills.
I hope that this is helpful for students who are struggling with adding and subtracting fractions. Next week we will work through multiplication and division of fractions.