Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators

Adding fractions with unlike denominators can be tricky! It takes some practice. Follow these steps. Step 1: Make the denominators the same (by multiplying).
Step 2: Add the numerators (top numbers) & leave the denominator.
Step 3: Simplify if needed.
Check below for examples.

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Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators

Grade 5 Fractions Work Pack

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Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators

Adding Fractions – Unlike Denominators

Step 1: Make the denominators the same by multiplying.

Step 2: Add the numerators.

Step 3: Simplify the fraction if needed.

Example:

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Step 1: Multiply to make the denominators the same. “Whatever you do to the bottom, you do to the top.”

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Step 2: Now that they’re the same, just add the numerators and keep the denominators the same.

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Step 3: Simply your answer.

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