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ERIC Number: EJ942407
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Estimation's Role in Calculations with Fractions
Johanning, Debra I.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v17 n2 p96-102 Sep 2011
Estimation is more than a skill or an isolated topic. It is a thinking tool that needs to be emphasized during instruction so that students will learn to develop algorithmic procedures and meaning for fraction operations. For students to realize when fractions should be added, subtracted, multiplied, or divided, they need to develop a sense of size for various fraction quantities. They also need number sense, which will enable them to use estimation as a tool with fractions. When wrestling with quantities like three-fifths or nine-tenths, as individual fractions and in relation to each other, students will develop a sense of size and quantity for individual fractions. This experience is necessary if students are to develop meaning for fraction operations. This article explores the ways that estimation is used when students are learning to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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