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MemberMarch 31, 2020 at 4:08 pm
I like the way you count the units: one one-fourth, two one-fourths, three one-fourths, etc. I’ve never used vocab in this way; I’ve just counted, one fourth, two fourths, three fourths, etc.
This was a really good reinforcement of the importance of requiring units. Sometimes I get going so fast that I look past the lack of a unit in someone’s response. I mean, how many times do we need to ask “234 what?” looking for the units.
My other thought is that in Math Counts, our middle school national math competition, students no longer need to state a unit in their answer; it’s already given. So in practice for the competition, often students just ignore the need to clarify in their heads what unit the problem requires. I appreciate getting back into the reason for requiring units. Thanks!