Fractions Task 3

Fractions Task 3

Task 3: Jim has 3/4 of a yard of string which he wishes to divide into pieces, each 1/of a yard long. How many pieces will he have?

A) 3

B) 4

C) 6

D) 8

Discussion Question:

  • How did you solve the problem and how might students solve the problem?
  • Look at the student solutions from a US national assessment and explain what 70% of responding 4th grade students might have been thinking when they answered the above question incorrectly.
Task 3 Student Solutions
Answer Options  Percent of Age 13 Students Who Chose Answer
3 19%
4 30%
6* 27%
8 21%
No response 3%

* Correct answer