Iteration: Unit Fraction Knowledge and the French Fry Tasks

  • Iteration: Unit Fraction Knowledge and the French Fry Tasks

    Ron Tzur and Jessica Hunt
    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).