How to Subtract Fractions that are Mixed Numbers (like 3 & 3/4 - 2 & 5/6) with Free Online Tutoring in Math

Demystify subtracting mixed number fractions with our latest blog post, the seventh article in our comprehensive eleven-part series!

Each article in this series follows a cyclical learning approach, providing complete lessons on fractions and guiding your child step-by-step through the learning process. This post includes five video tutorials to enhance your child’s understanding.

Subtracting fractions that are mixed numbers, like 3 ¾ – 2 ⅚, can be very confusing. Many children struggle with this concept, leading to gaps in their understanding. Without proper instruction on illustrating the subtraction process, they often feel lost and frustrated, making it difficult for them to keep up in more advanced math classes. This confusion can undermine their confidence and impede their academic progress.

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 mixed number 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.

How to Subtract Fractions that are Mixed Numbers Online Tutoring in Math: Challenge 1 Watch Me Slow Moving Sloth

You are on vacation in the rain forest of South America.  You discover a slow sloth clawing across the ground.  He is headed for a large tree 3 & 3/4 yards away.  You watch his slow progress as he moves one foot in front of the other.  After a full minute the slow sloth has only traveled 2 & 5/6 yards.

How much further does your slow moving sloth have to travel before he reaches his tree?

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How to Subtract Fractions that are Mixed Numbers Online Tutoring in Math: Challenge 2 Work With Me Hungry Octopus

You are part of the Junior Marine Biology Club of America.  Your Club is scuba diving off the coast of Monterey California.  You observe an octopus eating clams.  There are 2 & 2/3 clams hidden in the sand.  The octopus finds and eats 1 & 4/5 of the clams.

How many clams does the Hungry Octopus have left to eat?

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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.

How to Subtract Fractions that are Mixed Numbers Online Tutoring in Math: Challenge 3 On Your Own Carrot Chomping Horse

You have wanted a horse of your own for as long as you can remember.  You have saved and saved.  Finally, you have enough money for your horse.  She is a beautiful mare and she loves chomping on carrots.  You buy 2 & 7/9 carrots for her.  She chomps away 1 & 2/3 of the carrots.

How many carrots are left?

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How to Subtract Fractions that are Mixed Numbers Online Tutoring in Math: Challenge 4 On Your Own Snowy Owl

A beautiful snowy owl has moved into a tree behind your house.  She has three baby owls that recently hatched and are growing fast.  The mother owl has killed 3 & 1/2 mice.  Her baby owls eat 2 & 5/8 of the mice.

How many more mice do the baby owls have to eat?

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How to Subtract Fractions that are Mixed Numbers Online Tutoring in Math: Challenge 5 On Your Own Burger Eating Panda

You just made friends with a red panda.  He is totally cute, but a little messy.  His favorite food is hamburger.  You take him to In & Out Burger and order 2 & 2/3 burgers.  He eats 1 & 5/7 burger in about 8-seconds.

How many burgers does your Burger Eating Panda have left to eat?

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