# How to Subtract Fractions (like 8/9 - 4/9 ) with Free Online Tutoring in Math

###### Unlock the secrets to subtracting fractions with our latest blog post, the third article in our comprehensive eleven-part series!

This post includes five sample problems to enhance your child’s understanding right from the start.

The Problem: Subtracting fractions can be challenging for children. Without a clear understanding, they may struggle to grasp the concept, leading to confusion and frustration in more advanced math classes.

This lack of understanding can create significant gaps in their knowledge, undermining their confidence and hindering their academic progress. As math concepts build on one another, an inability to subtract fractions can make future math lessons even more difficult.

The Solution: The solution lies in learning to illustrate the subtraction process. In our blog post, your child will:

• Learn to Illustrate Subtraction: Visual models help clarify the process of subtracting fractions.
• Build a Strong Foundation: Step-by-step lessons ensure your child thoroughly understands each concept.
• Achieve Long-term Success: A solid grasp of fractions is crucial for future mathematical success.

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Articles within this series on Fractions:

Solving problems that deal with fractions is simple when you develop a concrete understanding.  I have had incredible results with with the students in my class!  The strategies taught within this article work with children who have ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.  Virtually every one of my students who has learned the strategies within this HOW TO DO FRACTIONS article has passed the standards based assessment for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.

###### I have scaffold the problems in each lesson.

*If your child needs a bit more support, they should complete the “On Your Own” problems as a “Work with Me” problem.  I have a number of students with gaps in their learning and others with a variety of  learning disabilities.  I have had incredible success, by having those students complete 5 to 7 problems within each lesson as a “Work with Me” problem.  They play a bit of the video, then pause it  and copy, then watch a bit more, pause it and copy.  My students Play – Pause – and Copy until the entire problem is solved.  This is like having a personal tutor working through each and every problem with your child.  Every one of my students who has used this strategy has passed the Common Core Proficiency Exam.

### Challenge 1 Watch Me National Go-Kart Race

You and your three very best friends are invited to the National Go-Kart Race.  The race course is 8/9 of a mile long.  It twists this way and that; curving around tight corners and then shooting up one hill and down another.  You are driving like a pro.  You are in the lead.  You have completed 4/9 of the course.

How much further must you go in order to win the race?

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### Challenge 2 Work With Me Kangaroo Feeding Time

You and your parents are visiting family friends who live in Australia.  They work at an animal habitat where they save injured animals.  There is a friendly kangaroo that needs to be fed, so they ask you to feed him.  You look at the bag of food and see that it is 5/7 full.  You feed the kangaroo 2/7 of the bag.

How much food is left in the bag?

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## Do your children get frustrated when they make a mistake?

We all make mistakes.  As a matter of fact, making mistakes is an essential part of the learning process.  This is why at the end of each of the following “On Your Own” challenges I encourage children to fix their mistakes.  Finding and fixing your own mistake is the fastest way to learn.

### Challenge 3 On Your Own Baby Elephant Bath

You are on safari when you come across these two baby elephants playing in a river.  Your guide tells you that the two elephants are sisters and that they typically spend 6/7 of an hour playing and spraying in this river every day.  You watched them enter the river 5/7 of an hour ago, and they have been playing non-stop the entire time.  If the two baby elephants spend their typical amount of time in the water, how much time do they have left to play in the river?

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### Challenge 4 On Your Own Household Chores

Your parents give you a weekly chore that must be completed every Saturday before you can play with your friends.  This week you have to rake the leaves in the back yard.  Your back yard is 9/13 of an acre.  That’s pretty big, but you want to complete your chore, because your best friend invited you to go see a movie.  The movie starts in one hour and you have only finished 5/13 of an acre.

How much more must you rake in order to go to see the movie with your friend?

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### Challenge 5 On Your Own Wally the Warthog

Wally the warthog loves the Mohawk-Style hair that runs from his forehead to the tip of his tail.  He spends 5/6 of each and every day walking from one bush to another.  He uses the branches to untangle his Mohawk, so that it turns into a flowing stream of silky hair.  He has already spent 3/6 of the day pruning his Mohawk.

How much more of Wally’s day will be spent combing his hair?

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