A mathematics specialist has great success using a pattern-block configuration to help a small group of fifth graders understand that fractional parts of a whole unit must be equal in size. That's just the way the funky cookie crumbles.

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Aimee J. Ellington, ajellington@vcu.edu, and Joy W. Whitenack, jwwhitenack@vcu.edu, are colleagues at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. They enjoy learning about the work that mathematics specialists do with teachers and students in their schools.

(Corresponding author is Ellington ajellington@vcu.edu)
(Corresponding author is Whitenack jwwhitenack@vcu.edu)
Teaching Children Mathematics
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