Are your students struggling with finding the missing numerator while adding fractions? Do they raise their hands confused when they see this type of question on a test? Continue reading to learn how to use this FREE missing numerator focus lesson in your classroom.
The curriculum my school required didn’t expose students to this type of question, but they were expected to be able to answer it on our county and state assessment to show mastery for the 5.NF.A.1 adding and subtracting fractions standard.
They needed specific practice with this type of questions to build their confidence. I created this resource to help my students understand the steps involved in adding fractions with missing numerator.
I start the focus lesson by reviewing the steps and solving the first problem as a class. Then I partner students off into groups to solve the second question. We review as a class. Then independently students practice adding the fractions and finding the numerator on their own.
I included TWO versions of this resource. One version with the steps completed for you and another blank copy for you to complete as you write the steps out with your class. Creating the steps as a class helps students have ownership and buy in.
It’s quick and simple to flip through the sheets to identify who needs more support and create your next small group from the data collected.
I hope this FREE resource helps you prepare your student this year!