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Egyptian Fractions

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

One goal of this task is to help students develop comfort and ease with adding fractions with unlike denominators. Another goal is to help them develop fraction number sense by having students decompose fractions. Because the Egyptians represented fractions differently than we do, it can also help students understand that there can be many ways of representing the same number. This helps prepare them for writing algebraic expressions in 6th grade.

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