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## + - Teaching Fractions: The Tootsie Roll is the New Pie

Submitted by theodp
theodp writes "Following up on a WSJ story, data visualization author Stephen Few illustrates why using lines or bars may be sweeter than pie when it comes to teaching kids fractions. "Although the metaphor is easy to grasp (the slices add up to an entire pie)," explains Few, "we know that visual perception does a poor job of comparing the sizes of slices, which is essential for learning to compare fractions. Learning that one-fifth is larger than one-sixth, which is counter-intuitive in the beginning, becomes further complicated when the individual slices of two pies—one divided into five slices and other into six—look roughly the same. Might it make more sense to use two lines divided into sections instead, which are quite easy to compare when placed near one another?" So, is the Tootsie Roll the new pie?"
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