Free printable and online worksheets to help Grade 5 students practice subtracting fractions from whole numbers.
There are two common methods that can be used to subtract fractions from whole numbers. You may find method 1 easier and with practice can quickly be done in the head.
There are also some worksheets and fraction word problems for online practice.
Method 1: Convert whole number to mixed number.
Step 1: Subtract (or borrow) 1 from the whole number portion.
Step 2: Convert the 1 into an equivalent fraction with the same denominator as the given fraction.
Step 3: Subtract the given fraction from the equivalent fraction you converted.
Step 4: Add the results from step 1 and step 3 to get the final answer.
Have a look at this video if you need to review how to subtract fractions.
Method 2: Convert the whole number into a fraction with a common denominator.
Step 1: Write the whole number as a fraction with a denominator of 1.
Step 2: Find a common denominator for the fraction and the whole number.
Step 3: Convert the whole number fraction to an equivalent fraction with the common denominator.
Step 4: Subtract the fractions by subtracting the numerators and keeping the denominator the same.
Step 5: Simplify the resulting fraction, if possible.
Example: Subtract 1/4 from 3.
Write 3 as a fraction: 3/1.
The common denominator is 4.
Convert 3/1 to an equivalent fraction with a denominator of 4: 12/4.
Subtract 1/4 from 12/4: 12/4 - 1/4 = 11/4.
Simplify 11/4 to the mixed number 2 3/4.
Click on the following worksheet to get a printable pdf document.
Scroll down the page for more Subtract Fractions from Whole Numbers Worksheets.
Subtract Fractions from Whole Numbers Worksheet
(Answers on the second page.)
3 3/8 m
4 1/3 kg
1 1/6 hour
Try the free Mathway calculator and
problem solver below to practice various math topics. Try the given examples, or type in your own
problem and check your answer with the step-by-step explanations.
We welcome your feedback, comments and questions about this site or page. Please submit your feedback or enquiries via our Feedback page.