Butterfly method for adding and subtracting fractions...genius! Why didn't someone teach me this way?

Waldorf ~ grade ~ Math ~ Fractions ~ Butterfly Method ~ add or subtract fractions the butterfly way. Adding the visuals really helps the ideas stick, learn your fractions now and higher math will be much easier!

When I first started teaching adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators to my fifth graders, I quickly realized that they needed some concrete step-by-step directions. They also needed a way to organize their work. I racked my brain for a little while before coming up with this graphic organizer. My students love it, and they never confuse the steps again!

Adding and Subtracting Fractions Using the Four-Square Method

When I first started teaching adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators to my fifth graders, I quickly realized that they needed some concrete step-by-step directions. They also needed a way to organize their work. I racked my brain for a

Adding Fractions Tic-Tac-Toe {free printable}                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Adding Fractions Tic-Tac-Toe {free printable} (Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational)

Tic-tac-toe is a favorite of my oldest son's. We have passed many minutes playing the age-old game on children's menus at restaurants while we waited for our food. To add a little math practice in, I

Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators: PowerPoint Lesson and Practice Sheets

Adding and Subtracting Fractions Using the Four-Square Method

I like this layout to separate the different steps as notes - Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators: PowerPoint Lesson and Practice Sheets

Keep Calm and Teach 5th Grade: Equivalent Fractions & Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators, math anchor charts, 5th grade, engageny math module 3

Keep Calm and Teach Grade: Equivalent Fractions & Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators, math anchor charts, grade, engageny math module 3

Fraction Butterfly Anchor Chart - cross multiply to find equivalent fractions to compare fractions or add & subtract fractions with different denominators. A visual reminder of the strategy for adding & subtracting fractions found in the CCSS 5.NF.A.1 (a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd). See http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/5/NF/A/1/. This is not intended to be taught on its own, but can serve as a reminder after the concepts that explain why this works have been taught.

Fraction Butterfly Mini Anchor Chart FREEBIE - cross multiply to compare fractions, find equivalent fractions with a common denominator, and add & subtract fractions with different denominators. I wonder is this common core math ?

Fabulous Finch Facts: Math Anchor Charts...

Fabulous Finch Facts: Math Anchor Charts…Making Mixed Numbers into Improper fractions

Practice adding fractions with like denominators. These free pie puzzles are perfect for helping children visualize adding fractions.

FREE Adding Fraction Puzzles

Adding fractions can be confusing for some students. Help them visualize this skill in a fun way using these free pie puzzles.

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