Adding Fractions (unlike denominators) with Fraction Circles

To add fractions with unlike denominators, like 1/2 and 1/3, model the addends inside of a Fraction Ring. In this case, place a pink and orange piece beside each other. Notice that interval settings of sixths align with the start and end of all the pieces because 6 is a common denominator of 1/2 and 1/3. The sum of the two segments equals 5/6, so 1/2 + 1/3 equals 5/6.

Adding Fractions (unlike denominators) using the Brainingcamp Fraction Circles virtual manipulative.

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