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Teaching adding fractions is a breeze with Education.comâ€™s handy worksheets that keep students interested in learning while teaching basics such as finding a common denominator. If adding fractions has your students stumped, they will love the knowledge they again when studying the worksheets and playing the games listed below. If your students need additional practice, try subtracting fractions as well.
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To help your child with their worksheets, activities, and games about adding fractions, you might need a refresher yourself. Hereâ€™s a helpful list of common terminology, and some tips about how it applies to adding fractions.
 A denominator is the number under the line of a fraction. A numerator is the number above the line. For example, in the faction 3/4, three is the numerator, and 4 is the denominator.
 Mixed numbers or mixed fractions have both a whole number and a fraction, like 2 3/4 or 1 5/8.
 Improper fractions occur when the fraction is top heavy. The numerator is higher than the denominator, so the number should be converted into a mixed number. For example 8/5 should be written 1 3/8.
 A common denominator means both fractions have the same bottom number, like 3/4 + 1/4. Adding fractions with a common denominator are the easiest problems to solve, since only the numerators need to be added.
 Unlike denominators refer to problems in which the fractions have different numbers on the bottom, like 1/2 + 2/3. These problems are harder to solve, and involve converting the fractions so they have a common denominator.
 A multiple is a number that can be divided by specific whole numbers. For example, 20 is a multiple of 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, and 20. When adding fractions with unlike denominators, students must find the lowest multiple shared by the two denominators in order to convert the fractions into common denominators.