Fraction word problems for 5th grade

These fraction word problems are great for ages 10 and older who are looking to improve their fraction skills.


What is 12 divided by 3/4?

  • Answer

    16

  • Explanation

    12 ÷ 3/4 can also be written as:
    12 x 4/3 which is 48/3
    48/3 = 16


Frank divides 6 oranges amongst his 4 friends. How many oranges does each friend get?

  • Answer

    1 and a half oranges

  • Explanation

    6 / 4 = 1.5
    Therefore 1 and a half oranges each.


A watermelon is cut into 20 slices and and three-quarters of those slices are eaten.
How many slices are left?

  • Answer

    5

  • Explanation

    Three-quarters is 3/4
    3/4 x 20 = 15
    Therefore 15 slices are eaten
    20 - 15 = 5 slices are left


2/5 of what number is 40?

  • Answer

    100

  • Explanation

    2/5 can also be written as 0.4
    And 100 times by 0.4 would give us 40


What is one-fifth of forty?


There are 12 birds on a tree and 2 fly away. What fraction of the birds flew away?


What is 1/2 times 6?


Tony’s dog is 60cm tall. Tony is two and a half times taller than his dog. How tall is Tony?

  • Answer

    150 cm

  • Explanation

    You can break this into two calculations:
    2 x 60 = 120
    And
    1/2 x 60 = 30
    Add these together 120 + 30 = 150


What is one-sixth of 36?


Jonty takes 420 steps each day to get to school. He stops at a store which is 1/6th of the way to school.

How many more steps from the shop does he still need to take to get to school?

  • Answer

    350

  • Explanation

    1/6 x 420 = 70 steps
    He must, therefore, have 420 - 70 = 350 steps left