Lesson Plan

Sums for Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

Teach your students to add mixed numbers and improper fractions with the same denominator using the counting up strategy with number lines.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to add like mixed numbers and improper fractions using the counting up strategy with number lines.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Adding Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions on a Number Line Number Line Frog Leap One-Digit Addition
  • Propose an addition problem like 12 + 6 and take student responses. Listen for a strategy that counts 6 up from 12.
  • Introduce the counting up strategy to your class, making reference to anyone who mentioned it.
  • Explain that the day's lesson takes the counting up strategy for addition, but counts up from a mixed number and adds an improper fraction.

Beginning

  • Have students discuss their strategies for the addition problem by talking to an effective partner.

Intermediate

  • Display a word bank of key math terms students use as they share their strategies.