# Report on student interview on fractions Basis for doing the interview: On the previous day, a revision class was

11/4 is a number between A. 1 and 2 B. 2 and 3 C. 3 and 4 D. 11 and 12
Initial responses: A. 2, B. 11, C. 6, D. 14

When one of the children who chose D was asked why, he said “I took the numerator and chose D.” The other children choosing this option agreed – no one had a different reason for choosing D. The children who chose C had a similar reason (“took the denominator 4 and option C says between 3 and 4”) for choosing D.

What fraction of the children in the following group are GIRLS ?

(above figure was not used in the interview; it was drawn with 2 boys in top row, and 2 girls and 1 boy in bottom row) A. 2/3 B. 2/5 C. 3/5 D. ½ (Actually, the old version of this question, which had 2 boys in the top row and 2 girls and 1 boy in the bottom row got used accidentally. Interestingly, hardly any child overlooked the fact that the second row had a boy among the girls, and counted correctly.) Not much came out of this question – with only 5 students going for option A and no one for C or D. Interestingly, the ASSET results of this school had shown this as a misconception. It looked like this question or similar ones had been discussed in class, but there was some interesting words from the few children who initially went for option A - 2/3. Child 4: “I saw 2 (children) in the numerator column of the picture and 3 (children) in the denominator column and wrote 2/3.” Another child explained the reason for choosing A as counting 2 girls and 3 boys and hence picking 2/3 as the answer.

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Question 3(from round 11 ASSET paper – which this class took): Arjun had 6 pencils. (picture of 6 pencils) He gave one third of the pencils he had to his sister. How many pencils did he give?