- Choose a title for your free, printable fractions worksheet.
- Choose the number of pages that you want to print. Each page has 6 problems. Print a new one each day, or make a packet to last the week, whatever works best for you!
- If you want to limit the denominators included (for example, using only small denominators to make it easier to draw a model), choose which denominators you would like.
- Select the kinds of problems to include on your fraction worksheet. Choose adding fractions, subtracting fractions, adding mixed numbers, or subtracting mixed numbers. In each category, choose whether you want a common denominator or unlike denominator, whether you want to include fractions greater than one (also known as improper fractions), and, for mixed numbers, whether or not you want to include regrouping. Note that if you choose to include fractions greater than one for addition, some of the fractions may be less than one, but the sum will always be greater than one.
- Choose whether to include an answer key.
- Create your free PDF, print, and go!
- Come back whenever you need more free, printable fractions worksheets!

Adding and subtracting fractions is typically taught in grade 5. Fifth graders often start with addition of fractions with common denominators and subtraction of fractions with common denominators. From there, they build on skills learned in fourth grade to practice adding fractions with different denominators and subtracting fractions with different denominators. They use a variety of strategies to find an equivalent fraction with a common denominator, then add or subtract, and simplify or reduce the fraction as needed. Thus, students need to be fluent in finding equivalent fractions in order to truly master adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.

Adding and subtracting mixed numbers can be relatively easy for 5th grade math students when there is no regrouping required. Students learn to add like units; whole numbers go with whole numbers, and fractions go with other fractions of the same denominator. This is comparable to the work that students have done in lower grades with place value, adding hundreds to hundreds, tens to tens, and ones to ones.

Adding and subtracting mixed numbers is trickier when students need to “regroup,” or convert between fractions and whole numbers in order to complete the calculation. As with all new math concepts, students benefit from using visual models and manipulatives, such as fraction strips, as they start to make sense of the new skill. Once students are fluent in converting between mixed numbers and fractions greater than one (also known as improper fractions), adding and subtracting mixed numbers becomes much easier!

5th grade math is a key year for mastering fraction operations, so make sure your students have plenty of opportunity to practice these skills to prepare them for sixth grade math and beyond!

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