@article {MATHEDUC.06003966, author = {Young-Loveridge, Jenny and Mills, Judith}, title = {Deciwire: an inexpensive alternative for constructing linear representations of decimals.}, year = {2011}, journal = {Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom}, volume = {16}, number = {3}, issn = {1326-0286}, pages = {8-13}, publisher = {,}, abstract = {Summary: Much has been written about the value of concrete manipulatives for supporting students' mathematics learning. This is particularly true for the domain of fractions and decimals. Understanding of decimal place-value is seen as critical for students' mathematics learning. To understand decimals, students need first to have a solid understanding of fractions as parts of a whole. Teaching about fractions is likely to begin with familiar fractions such as one-half, one-quarter, one-third, etc. In preparation for understanding decimals, students need to understand the idea that one-tenth is one piece of a whole that has been divided into 10 equal pieces. In this article, the authors describe how a simple teaching aid called a Deciwire may be used to help children understand decimals. (Contains 6 figures.) (ERIC)}, msc2010 = {F42xx (U62xx)}, identifier = {2012b.00588}, }