Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 35 - 45 mins

Topic: Adding And Subtracting Fractions With Like Denominators; Numbers & Operations: Fractions

Grade Level: 4

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: In this lesson, students will write and solve word problems involving the addition or subtraction of fractions with like denominators.

Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with fractions, as well as the terms numerator and denominator.

Hook:

  • Read and discuss the sample comic.
    • Have you ever used fractions while baking?
    • Have you ever made a “bake” mistake?
  • Review what like denominators are. 
  • As a class or in pairs, solve and discuss each of the questions in the comic.
    • Will you be adding and subtracting like or unlike fractions?

Activity:

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a three-to-five-panel comic word problem. The comic should include: 
    • A word problem that includes adding or subtracting fractions.
    • An explanation of how to solve the problem.
    • The answer to the problem.
    • Remind students to make their comics fun and creative.
    • You may wish to have students provide a visual fraction model to accompany their word problem. This can be done on a separate piece of paper.

Closure:

  • Have students read their finished word problem comics to a partner. 
  • The partner can solve the problem to make sure that they agree with the answer.

Differentiation:

  • Provide a list of pre-made word problems for students who are struggling with the concept.
  • Allow advanced students to use fractions with unlike denominators.

Resources:

  • Comic to print or display: Comic.