# Lesson 5 Reducing and Converting Fractions and Practice & Assessment

In this lesson, you will learn how to reduce and convert fractions to make a final answer when operating fractions. When you are done watching the video, use the Guidebook and the tips below to practice and prepare for your assessment. A sample assessment for each of the 3 concepts is outlined below. Finally, follow the Action Steps at the bottom in red.

**Sample Assessment Answer for Reducing Fractions:**

To reduce 9 over 12, I asked myself what number divides evenly into both the numerator and denominator. I start with 2 and ask myself if 2 divides evenly into 9 and 12. The answer is no. Next, I try 3 and ask myself if 3 divides evenly into 9 and 12. The answer is yes. So, I divide 9 by 3 to get 3 as my new numerator answer, and I divide 12 by 3 to get 4 as my new denominator answer. My final answer of 3 over 4 as the reduced answer for 9 over 12.

**Sample Assessment Answer for Converting Improper Fractions to Mixed Number:**

To convert 23 over 5, I divide 23 by 5 to get my whole number, which is 4. Then, I see how much is left over and use that as my numerator, which is 3. Finally, I use the same denominator and my final answer is 4 and 3 over 5.

**Sample Assessment Answer for Converting Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions:**

To convert 9 and 2 over 3, I multiply the denominator, which is 3, with the whole number, which is 9, to get 27. Then I add the numerator to that answer (27), to get 29. Finally, I use the same denominator and my final answer is 29 over 3.

**ACTION STEP #1: Practice reducing fractions on the ‘b’ worksheets until you can complete one whole worksheet in less than 10 minutes with no more than 4 incorrect (16 must be correct). If you struggle to find the greatest common factor, use those ‘a’ worksheets to practice.**

**ACTION STEP #2: Practice converting fractions from improper to mixed on the ‘c’ worksheets until you can complete one whole worksheet in less than 10 minutes with no more than 3 incorrect (14 must be correct).**

**ACTION STEP #3: Practice converting fractions from mixed to improper on the ‘d’ worksheets until you can complete one HALF worksheet in less than 10 minutes with no more than 4 incorrect (16 must be correct).**

**ACTION STEP #4 (OPTIONAL): If you need more than one week of practice for Actions Steps 1-3 or you want to practice less than the whole worksheet, practice the worksheets b, c, and d by completing only 5 problems on each worksheet in less than 10 minutes with no more than 1 incorrect for each set.**

**ACTION STEP #5: Practice for the Lesson 5 Assessment and let me know when you are ready to give it.**