Unit Fractions as Superheroes for Instruction

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  • 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.


Understanding the relationship to one whole is essential.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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