Fraction Worksheets for 4th Grade Students

To help your fourth grader better understand fractions, you might provide him or her with practice worksheets at home. Frequent and consistent exposure to content through worksheets and other activities can be a great learning tool. If you're unsure what to include on your own fraction worksheets, keep reading for suggestions and sample problems.

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What Should Be Included on 4th Grade Fraction Worksheets?

In fourth grade, students learn to add and subtract fractions with common denominators (the denominator is the bottom number of a fraction). First, make sure your child understands the overall concept of fractions - that they are parts of a whole. If he or she is struggling, try providing your child with visual aids. For example, you could use your word processor to create various shapes, and then ask your child to divide these shapes into equal segments. Next, have him or her shade in a certain fraction. For example, to illustrate 3/4, you could instruct your child to divide a circle into four parts and shade in three of them.

Once your child has mastered the idea of fractions, it's time to move on to addition and subtraction problems with common denominators. When formulating worksheets for your child, be sure to include a sample problem or two at the top of each worksheet. This provides a model for your child as he or she completes the work.

Sample Problems and Solutions

1. 2/13 + 10/13

Remember to keep denominators the same for 4th graders. The answer to this problem is 12/13.

2. 23/30 - 19/30

The answer is 4/30, which can be reduced to 2/15.

3. 2 1/6 - 4/6

For this problem, your child must turn the mixed number (2 1/6) into an improper fraction. To do this, he or she should multiply the denominator (6) by the whole number (2) and then add the numerator (1), like this: 6 x 2 + 1 = 13. The equation should now be 13/6 - 4/6 = 11/6.

4. 1/11 + 3 2/11

As with the previous problem, the mixed number needs to be turned into an improper fraction. In this case, the equation should be 1/11 + 35/11 = 36/11.

5. 3 x 1/4

When a fraction is being multiplied by a whole number, your child can ignore the denominator. He or she should think of the problem like this: (3 x 1)/4 = 3/4.

6. 7 x 4/8

The answer is 28/8, which can be reduced to 7/2.

Challenge Problem: 5/10 + 6/100

If your child is ready for a challenge, you might introduce him to fractions with unlike denominators. Here, he or she can simply add a zero to both the numerator and the denominator of the first fraction, which will give both fractions a denominator of 100. The problem should be: 50/100 + 6/100 = 56/100. Remind your child to reduce whenever possible. The final answer is 14/25.
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