Unit Fractions as Superheroes for Instruction

View More View Less
  • 1 University of Missouri, Columbia
  • 2 University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • 3 Georgia State University, Atlanta
  • 4 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 5 College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia

The complexity of understanding unit fractions is often underappreciated in instruction. We introduce a continuum of children's understanding of unit fractions to explore this complexity and to help teachers make sense of children's strategies and recognize milestones in the development of unit-fraction understanding. Suggestions for developing this understanding are provided.

Footnotes

Understanding the relationship to one whole is essential.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
  • Empson, Susan B., and Linda Levi. 2011. Extending Children's Mathematics: Fractions and Decimals. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

  • Hackenberg, Amy, Anderson Norton, and Robert Wright. 2016. Developing Fractions Knowledge. Los Angeles: Sage.

  • Land, Tonia. 2017. “Teacher Attention to Number Choice in Problem Posing.The Journal of Mathematical Behavior 45 (March): 3546.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). 2014. Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. Reston, VA: NCTM.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). 2010. Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Washington, DC: NGA Center and CCSSO. http://corestandards.org.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Tzur, Ron, and Jessica Hunt. 2015. “Unit Fraction Knowledge and the French Fry Task.Teaching Children Mathematics 22, no. 3 (October): 14857.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 622 622 29
Full Text Views 723 723 60
PDF Downloads 377 377 19
EPUB Downloads 0 0 0