Need to print fraction strips up to 20 - You'll find them here. You may already know that fraction strips are a great tool to help kids as they learn about fractions, but if not, check out why use fraction strips.
On this page you'll find fraction strips up to 12 that you can print off and use in color or in black-and-white.
You'll also find links to other size fraction strips, including fraction strips up to 12, fraction strips up to 30, fraction strips up to 50, etc.
"Greater Than" or "Less than"
Can your students or child tell if one fraction is larger or smaller when they have unlike denominators?
Which fraction is larger or smaller -
"Thirteen-Twentieths" or "Eleven-Fifteenths"?
From the fraction strips in the picture above, it's pretty easy for kids to visualize and understand that thirteen-twentieths is less than eleven-fifteenths!
The worksheets below give students practice comparing fractions. Further down page, are worksheets for equivalent fractions.
"Comparing Fractions" Worksheets
Below is a comparing fractions worksheet for kids. Using fraction strips will gain a better understanding of how sizes of fractions compare to each other.
"Equivalent Fractions" Worksheets
Equivalent fractions help us understand how fractions can be related to each other. For example, if you have a fraction like 1/2, you can easily find the equivalent fraction 2/4 by multiplying both the numerator and denominator.
Check out the equivalent fractions worksheet below. Be sure to have students use the fraction strips to help them, especially if their new to equivalent fractions or need to to build up their fraction skills!
Adding Fractions with Fraction Strips
How about adding fractions with unlike denominators using fraction strips.
Using the Fraction Strip method
In picture above, the "15"- denominator exactly covers the addition of our two fractions. It may take some trial and error, but you will soon find it by trying the different denominators.
"Adding Fractions" with Fraction Strips - Worksheets
For some practice adding fractions with unlike denominators, here's a worksheet below.
The fraction strips found above on this page can be a helpful guide to help kids when they are just starting to learn to add fractions with unlike denominators.
"Subtracting Fractions" with Fraction Strips - Worksheets
So now let's look at subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.
Using the Fraction Strip method
You can have your students or child experimenting with their fraction strips to subtract fractions without using the method shown below, but I wanted write out the steps for this method in case they needed some guidance.
For the Method below:
From the picture above, we see the fraction strips of 1/3, 2/6, 3/9, 5/15, and 6/18 line up exactly with our 4/12 fraction.
From the picture above, we see the fraction strip of 1/5 lines up exactly with our fraction of 3/15.
This 15 is called the common denominator of the two fractions we are subtracting. This lets us know that we will use the fraction strip with the denominator of 15 to do the subtraction!
We see from the picture above that 4/12 is equivalent to 5/15.
If you need it, here's a short video subtraction fraction with fraction strips method used above.
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