Articles within this series on Fractions:

- How to do fractions, Free Online Tutoring in Math for Understanding Fractions
- How to Add Fractions (like 4/7 + 3/7 )
- How to Subtract Fractions (like 8/9 – 4/9 )
- How to Add Fractions with Unlike Denominators (like 2/3 + 3/4 )
- How to Subtract Fractions with Unlike Denominators (like 2/3 – 1/4)
- How to Add Fractions that are Mixed Numbers (like 2 & 3/4 + 3 & 5/6 )
- How to Subtract Fractions that are Mixed Numbers (like 3 & 3/4 – 2 & 5/6)
- How to Multiply Fractions (like 2/3 x 5 )
- How to Divide Fractions (like 6 ÷ ¾ )
- How to Multiply Fractions (like 2/3 x 1/4)
- How to Divide Fractions (like ½ ÷ ¼)

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.

The first problem in this article is a “**Watch Me**” problem. The second is a “**Work with Me**” problem. All the rest are “**On Your Own**” problems.

*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.

### How to Subtract Fractions with Online Tutoring in Math:

### 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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### How to Subtract Fractions with Online Tutoring in Math:

### 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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###### Gather your materials and press PLAY. We’ll solve this problem together, while you watch the math tutorial video below.

## 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.

### How to Subtract Fractions with Online Tutoring in Math:

### 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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###### Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below. Good Luck!

### How to Subtract Fractions with Online Tutoring in Math:

### 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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###### Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below. Good Luck!

### How to Subtract Fractions with Online Tutoring in Math:

### 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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###### Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below. Good Luck!

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