# Fraction Mash

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- addition
- fractions
- grouping

- digital creation

- deduction
- part-whole relationships

###### Pros

Ridiculous photo mash-ups are a kid favorite, controls are simple, fraction presentation is easy to understand, and extra options add depth.###### Cons

Actual fraction content is pretty limited, and lining up faces and other photos can be tedious and frustrating.###### Bottom Line

Math-flavored goofy fun is great for casual exposure to fractions, but will need thoughtful integration if used as a dedicated learning tool.None

Mixing and mashing faces and other images is a sure bet for a good time, likely to keep kids engaged for quite a while. The clean design and built-in reflection tools are easily accessible and keep learning at the forefront.

Playing with student-generated images is a great way to build authentic knowledge, and presenting fractions as parts of a whole helps learners conceptualize them. The actual depth of fraction material covered is pretty shallow.

The in-app tutorials and pop-ups help students if they get stuck. NYSCI's website has plenty of good curriculum to pair with the app, giving teachers options for scaffolding and extensions.

Fraction Mash is a great learning toy for meaningful exploration time during any fraction unit in elementary or middle school. Give kids some unstructured time to play around and create their own mash-ups, then ask each student or group to do some mathematical reflection and justification to bring the lesson back to fractions. You can also provide images that might be relevant to your school or content from other classes for some interdisciplinary flavor. It's also not a bad idea to keep Fraction Mash around as an option to keep kids meaningfully occupied during standardized testing downtime or other lost classroom time.

If you need more structure to get started, check out NYCSI's website for a bunch of thoughtfully prepared lesson plans and ideas or teacher-submitted tips, ideas, and inspirations.

Read More Read LessFraction Mash is a math-inflected version of the now ubiquitous face-mash-up apps. Students combine two images by dividing each into equal parts using a variety of division schemes, then select which parts of each image to keep. The resulting mash-up is then displayed, and edges can be blurred to seamlessly blend the two images. Ridiculous combinations of faces, animals, shapes, abstract designs, or almost anything else can be made. Along the way, the selected fractions of each image are displayed as an addition problem, and students can directly change the numerators and denominators of each to see how this affects the image.

The app also features a built-in reflection tool in which students can choose from a variety of templates and insert images or videos. The tool also lets students write about their creations, either as part of a formal unit or for a final presentation or report.

Read More Read LessThere are three ways that Fraction Mash is great for student learning. First, it uses creative play to keep kids engaged in tinkering, remixing, and exploring, which helps to build curiosity and persistence. Second, it promotes student agency by giving kids a choice about which images to use and how to combine them. Third, it presents fractions as partitions of a whole and keeps the notion of unity at the core of its pedagogy. This strategy has been used by successful learning programs such as Montessori and Waldorf schools for decades because it's such an intuitive way to grapple with numerators and denominators. Ultimately, it would have been nice to see some extensions to the math concepts, such as mixed denominators, subtraction, or fractions that add to less than or more than one. These would be fairly easy to implement but would add a lot to the learning potential.

Ultimately, it would have been nice to see some extensions to the math concepts, such as mixed denominators, subtraction, or fractions that add to less than or more than one. These would be fairly easy to implement but would add a lot to the learning potential.

Read More Read Less## Key Standards Supported

## Number And Operations—Fractions | |

3.NF: Develop Understanding Of Fractions As Numbers. | |

3.NF.1 | Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts; understand a fraction a/b as the quantity formed by a parts of size 1/b. |

3.NF.3 | Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size. |

3.NF.3.b | 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. |

3.NF.3.d | Compare two fractions with the same numerator or the same denominator by reasoning about their size. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. |

4.NF: Extend Understanding Of Fraction Equivalence And Ordering. | |

4.NF.1 | 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. |

4.NF.2 | Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. |

Build Fractions From Unit Fractions By Applying And Extending Previous Understandings Of Operations On Whole Numbers. | |

4.NF.3.a | Understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same whole. |

4.NF.3.b | Decompose a fraction into a sum of fractions with the same denominator in more than one way, recording each decomposition by an equation. Justify decompositions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. Examples: 3/8 = 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8 ; 3/8 = 1/8 + 2/8 ; 2 1/8 = 1 + 1 + 1/8 = 8/8 + 8/8 + 1/8. |

5.NF: Use Equivalent Fractions As A Strategy To Add And Subtract Fractions. | |

5.NF.1 | Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.) |