Use Everyday Mathematics Equivalent Fractions for targeted practice in the classroom. If enough devices are available, kids should practice independently. Or, kids can take turns and keep track of their scores for each round that they play. Keep a class leaderboard and challenge kids to time each other as they play. See who can earn the highest score in the fastest time.Continue reading Show less
Everyday Mathematics Equivalent Fractions is a card game for drilling equivalent fraction concepts. The main screen has three buttons: Kids tap the "Start" button to begin playing the game, the "How to play" button to view the instructions, and the "Guided play" button to start playing with a brief review of the instructions. To play, kids tap two cards that show equivalent fractions. If the cards are a match, they disappear and kids earn points. Then, other cards become available for matching, and gameplay continues from there. Kids can earn extra points for making two or more matches in a row, and earn the greatest number of points for clearing the board. The game ends when no more matches can be made.
This app gives kids an opportunity to practice an important skill: The numerical and bar model representations on each card can help kids identify fractions that are equivalent, and it's useful that they can drag the cards to view them side by side. Kids work with a variety of fractions including halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, eighths, tenths, and twelfths. All that being said, there's limited instruction and limited potential for improving kids' understanding of these critical concepts. Since constructive feedback isn't offered, the app is best suited for kids who have a good grasp of the concept and just need a brief review. The game doesn't progress in difficulty as kids play and there aren't any options for selecting a challenge level, which limits the learning potential.
Key Standards Supported
Number And Operations—Fractions
Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.
Understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the same size, or the same point on a number line.
Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions, e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3). Explain why the fractions are equivalent, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.
Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction (n × a)/(n × b) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.