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Iteration: Unit Fraction Knowledge and the French Fry Tasks
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  • Ron Tzur, University of Colorado Denver
  • Jessica Hunt
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Using these tasks can help nurture children’s multiplicative notions of unit fractions beyond part-whole understanding. Often, students who solve fraction tasks respond in ways that indicate inadequate conceptual grounding of unit fractions. Consider, for example, a student, Lia (all names are pseudonyms), who examined a long, rectangular piece of paper she had folded in the middle into two equal parts (halves).
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Tzur, R., & Hunt, J. H. (2015). Iteration: unit fraction knowledge and the French fry task. Teaching Children Mathematics, 22(3), 148-157.