Subtract Fractions from Whole Numbers Worksheet

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How to subtract a fraction from a whole number?

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.

For example:
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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.

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  1. Sam had 4 m of rope. He cut off 5/8 m and used it for a project. How much rope does Sam have left?
  2. Jackson had 5 kg of fertilizer. He used some to fertilize a flower bed and he only had 2/3 kg left. How much fertilizer was used in the flower bed
  3. Jean-Luc jogged around the lake in 2 hours. William jogged the same distance in 5/6 hour. How much longer did Jean-Luc take than William in hours?

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