Review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated July 2014
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Motion Math: Fractions!

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Interactive play, clear visuals, scaffolded feedback enhance learning

Subjects & skills
  • Math

  • Critical Thinking
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
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Pros: Provides a fun and innovative way for kids to learn fractions; multiple levels appeal to kids with varying abilities.

Cons: Continuously tilting the device to play the game can become tiresome.

Bottom Line: Kids will find this a fun and creative way to learn about fractions.

Use the game as a way to introduce fractions or reinforce learned concepts. Since multiple users can be registered on each device, kids can work in small groups, taking turns completing a level. Discuss results as a class and ask students how the game helped them develop an understanding of fractions. Kids can repeat the level after a more formal classroom lesson and compare their new scores to their original scores. 

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Gameplay is simple, yet effective. Kids choose from three levels of difficulty; at each level, games get more challenging as play progresses. Games start with a star containing fractions written in standard form –- numerator over denominator. Kids tilt the device so the star lands on the matching area of a number line. For example, if the star contains the fraction 2/3, kids have to land the star on the number line so it shows two-thirds. As games progress, students are given different representations of fractions including decimals, percents, and pie charts. They earn points and star rewards for correct answers. Multiple players can be entered on a single device, and high scores are tracked. 

Motion Math: Fractions! is an innovative game that teaches kids about fractions while covering a handful of Common Core math standards. Through the use of such visuals as number lines and fraction bars, students can learn how to estimate and compare fractions in various formats including standard, decimal, percent, and pie-chart.

Games are highly interactive but could use a bit more variety. Kids have to tilt the device to bounce the star so it lands on the correct place on a number line. If they get an answer wrong, feedback is progressive and highly effective. First, a directional arrow appears to help kids aim the star toward the correct area of the number line. Next, tick marks appear on the number line to show the fraction's denominator. On the third attempt, equivalent fractions are given for comparison. Finally, an arrow points directly to the correct place on the number line. The scaffolded feedback and clear visual representations are sound methods for helping kids develop fraction sense. 

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Novel concept of bouncing a star on a number line is fun and will draw kids in. More gameplay variety could keep them interested longer. 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Using both graphic and numerical representations helps kids visualize and develop strong fraction sense. Feedback provides opportunities for kids to learn from their mistakes. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

An instruction screen clearly explains how to play the game. Introductory level shows students how to tilt the device to move the star. 

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Jeremy B. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Thomas M. Ryan Intermediate School
Richland, MI
This is a fun, interactive, and entertaining fractions practice game unlike any others.
I really like this app for building number sense with fractions. It is fun, entertaining, and builds a good knowledge base of fractions value. I really like that it changes how the numbers are presented (numerical fractions, pie charts, percent, ect.) and not just regular fractions. There are many variances of the game and it keeps kids focused. Aside from the $3.99 price being tough for schools to buy numerous copies, it is well worth it on my home iPad for my kids. Also, if it was purchased for school on a couple select devices it would be great for a center.
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