Subtracting Fractions

This page has a variety of worksheets to help students practice fraction subtractions. Some worksheets have problems with like denominators, while others have problems with unlike denominators. Includes a mix of vertical and horizontal problems, as well as word problems.

Subtracting Fractions:
Same Denominator
Subtract pairs of fractions with the same denominator; No simplifying; Vertical problems. (example:  3/5 - 1/5 = 2/5)
3rd through 5th Grades
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Subtract fractions with the same denominator; Requires simplifying; Vertical problems. (example:  7/9 - 1/9 = 2/3)
3rd through 5th Grades
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This page has twelve subtraction problems. Problems have like denominators (example: 4/5 - 2/5)
3rd Grade
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The polygons at the top of the page have fractions written in them. Subtract pairs of shapes. For example: Subtract the number in the octagon from the number in the hexagon.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Subtract the fractions with like denominators; Horizontal problems. (example:  2/3 - 1/3 = 1/3)
3rd through 5th Grades
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This set has 30 task cards for teaching kids about subtracting fractions with like denominators. Use these cards for small group instruction, peer practice sessions, on your document reader, or as exit slips.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Use these task cards to solve fraction subtraction problems with unlike denominators.
4th through 6th Grades
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Subtracting Fractions:
Different Denominators
Worksheet for subtracting fractions with unlike denominators; Only one denominator needs to be changed; Vertical problems; Requires simplifying. (example:  2/3 - 1/6 = 1/2)
4th through 6th Grades
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Subtract fractions with unlike denominators. (example:  2/6 - 1/3)
4th through 6th Grades
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This page contains a dozen horizontal problems. Find differences between pairs of fractions with unlike denominators and simplify. (example: 4/5 - 2/3)
4th and 5th Grades
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Subtract numbers shown in various polygons. For example: Subtract the fraction in the pentagon from the fraction in the hexagon.
4th through 6th Grades
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Choose a fraction from each circle shown at the top of the page. Then subtract.
4th through 6th Grades
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This worksheet features both addition and subtraction problems. All problems are horizontal and have unlike denominators.
4th and 5th Grades
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Subtracting Mixed Numbers:
Same Denominators
Subtract the mixed numbers with the same denominator; Vertical problems; Requires simplifying; Includes a word problem.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Subtract mixed numbers. These 12 problems are written horizontally and have like denominators.
3rd through 5th Grades
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This drill page has a mix of addition and subtraction of mixed numbers. All have like denominators.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Subtracting Mixed Numbers:
Different Denominators
These subtraction problems have mixed numbers. Find the differences and simplify your answers. Vertical problems.
4th through 6th Grades
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Practice subtracting mixed numbers horizontally. All of these problems have unlike denominators. Includes plenty of space for students to show their work.
4th through 6th Grades
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Use these task cards to solve subtracting mixed number problems with unlike denominators.
4th through 6th Grades
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Add and subtract mixed numbers with unlike denominators. Problems written horizontally.
4th through 6th Grades
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See also:
Adding Fractions

Students can use these practice worksheets and task cards when learning to add fractions.

More Fraction Worksheets

Here is an index of fraction topics on our site. It includes equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, mixed numbers, fraction multiplication, fraction division, and more.