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**

- Lay out the fraction strips for both fractions
**side by side**as the picture shows below.

- Now go to the fraction strips and locate the fractions with the denominators that will exactly cover your side by side fraction addition in previous step. See picture below.

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:**

**Materials Needed**:

- Two printed copies of the set of fractions strips
- Pair of scissors
- A ruler

**Preparation**:

- With on set of fraction strips, cut out the individual fraction pieces along the dashed lines.
*(Optional)*If you have access to a laminator, it can be helpful to laminate the individual pieces after cutting them out, since they'll last longer for future use.

- Lay the fraction strip page on the table in front of you.

- Take note of the
*larger of the fractions*you are subtracting, in this case, it's 4/12. Place your ruler vertically from the right edge of the 4/12, down the fraction strip page.

- Take note of
*which fraction or fractions the ruler lines up exactly with exactly*. In the picture below, I've put a*brown rectangle around those fractions that line up*and a red rectangle around the 4/12.

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.

- Next, we take the ruler and do the same thing with the fraction we are taking away, which in this case, is 3/15. See picture below.

From the picture above, we see the fraction strip of 1/5 lines up exactly with our fraction of 3/15.

- Now we look at all of the fractions that I put rectangles around and try to find the
**same denominator**for both times we applied the ruler. The denominator that is the same in 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**.

- Now we use the fraction strips with the denominator of 15 and take 3 of them away from the 5 that are there, and we have two remaining.

If you need it, here's a short video subtraction fraction with fraction strips method used above.

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