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ERIC Number: EJ1077935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Engaging Students with Multiple Models of Fractions
Zhang, Xiaofen; Clements, M. A.; Ellerton, Nerida F.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v22 n3 p138-147 Oct 2015
An understanding of unit fractions, and especially of one-half, one-third, and one-fourth, is crucially important for elementary school children's development of number sense (CCSSI 2010). We describe multimodal activities designed to assist elementary school students in gaining a rich understanding of unit fractions. Research has shown (Zhang, 2012) that participation in the activities described in this article helped fifth-grade students develop wider imagery and deepen their understandings with respect to unit fractions concepts. A body of literature is developing that is directed at teachers who wish to fruitfully engage elementary school students in concept-rich fractions activities (e.g., Ball, 1993; Ball, Thames, and Phelps, 2008; Barnett-Clarke et al., 2010; Chval et al., 2013).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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