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Building on Intuitive Understanding

In this 7-minute video Dr. Thomas P. Carpenter discusses the importance of building children's conceptual understanding of fractions by building on their intuitive knowledge of sharing and apportioning objects. Dr. Carpenter provides examples of student responses to challenging problems. A transcript of this recording is available in PDF format.
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Contributed by: Thomas P. Carpenter, Ph.D. - Author, Elementary Mathematics Teachers & Teacher Leaders Project - Publisher, U.S. Department of Education - Initiator, What Works Clearinghouse - Publisher
Math TopicNumber Sense, Fractions, Basic Operations, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level3, 4, 5
Resource TypeVideo

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorThomas P. Carpenter, Ph.D. - Author, Elementary Mathematics Teachers & Teacher Leaders Project - Publisher, U.S. Department of Education - Initiator, What Works Clearinghouse - Publisher
    • Publication Date2011-01
    • Rights(c) Elementary Mathematics Specialists & Teacher Leaders (ems&tl) Project 2009-2014
      http://www.mathspecialists.org/project.html
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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