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The Whole Story: Understanding Fraction Computation

This 8-page article (PDF) details the errors and misconceptions that students may have with fraction computation. The article emphasizes the importance of putting fraction problems in a real world context in order to deepen understanding of fractions and operations with fractions. By anticipating potential errors and misconceptions, teachers can help students avoid misunderstandings that might arise from these models and contexts.
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Contributed by: Juli K. Dixon - Author, Jennifer M. Tobias - Author, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher
Math TopicNumber Sense, Fractions, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Basic Operations
Grade Level4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeInstructional Strategy, Reference Materials, Article

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicMisconceptions, Teaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorJuli K. Dixon - Author, Jennifer M. Tobias - Author, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher
    • Publication Date2013-10
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2013 The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc.
      http://www.nctm.org/about/content.aspx?id=8854
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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