Fraction Squares

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Author: Joanne Caniglia

Grade Level: 5-8

Description: Students practice subtraction using a square diagram.

Objectives: To subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators.

Resources/Materials: Circle grid


  1. On poster board students are to draw a figure similar to the one below.


  2. Laminating the drawing enables students to write on it many times with overhead or dry erase pens.

  3. The four outer squares should contain a fraction. Instruct students to subtract the smaller fraction from the larger one and place the answer in the circle that appears as the midpoint of the two fractions in the problem.

  4. Students are finished when they come to the center.


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