A whole or unit can be split into parts. That whole can be a pizza, a loaf of bread, or a collection of marbles.

## Sharing Tasks

We can divide a whole into equal parts. We can divide the whole into halves, thirds, quarters, fifths, sixths, eighths, tenths, twelfths, sixteenths…

The unit is counted as ** 1**. The fractions are less than

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*one*The fraction ½ means that a whole is divided in two parts, 1 part out of 2, each share is a half.

In **proper fractions** the numerator is smaller than the denominator.

#### Writing fractions in words

When you need to write the fractions in words, spell the numbers out and use a dash between the two numerical elements such as **five-eighths** for ** ^{5}/_{8}**.