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Operations with Fractions – Math Mats

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 5 - 6

Use these math mats when reviewing fraction operations with your students.

5th Grade Fractions Activity

Are you looking for an engaging math enrichment task for your fifth graders? Perhaps you have just finished your unit on fraction operations, or maybe you are reviewing for an end-of-year assessment. Once your students have learned about how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions, this would be a great time to introduce Teach Starter’s math mats to your students! This set of 3 math mats will keep your students engaged while practicing those important computation skills with fractions.

Students can be given different mats, so they don’t have a matching mat as their neighbor. Students can complete multiple mats if they have time, coloring all of the details as much as they would like. This would be a great activity after a test, as morning work after a unit is complete, or as an enrichment for early finishers. They would also make a great bulletin board display in the classroom when students are done.

With these math mats, students will practice the following:

  • adding fractions with unlike denominators
  • subtracting fractions with unlike denominators
  • multiplying a fraction by a whole number
  • dividing a unit fraction by a whole number
  • finding equivalent fractions
  • and more!

An answer key is included with your download to make grading fast and easy!  

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:

For students needing a challenge, allow them to complete multiple mats or make their own mat about fractions using a large sheet of construction paper. 

Since there are 3 mats with different tasks, choose the mat most appropriate for each student. Allow students to work with a partner, use notes and completed examples, or use a calculator as needed.

🖨️ Easily Download & Print

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. 

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete. 

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on cardstock and slipping it into a dry-erase sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them. 

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This resource was created by Lorin Davies, a teacher in Texas and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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