How I Use It
I’ve used the app as a math center when teaching fractions. It is one of my “must do” activities for lower level math students. Since it is highly engaging and there are no language barriers – no instructions to read etc. – the lower kids really can grasp the concepts easily. The fact that it is very different from other math activities allows me to use it as a differentiation strategy as well. I usually have 10 iPads in a class and allow students to switch off, however, this game does not allow for multiple users, so that presents a bit of a challenge.
Slice Fractions is a very cute, highly visual, way to introduce fractions to students. The game sets itself apart from other apps because it has broken down the foundational knowledge that students need to understand in order to truly grasp what a fraction is. Teaching those fundamentals without the interference of words, makes this a product that could reach those students who have not understood the concept of fractions in traditional ways. The game is common core aligned for fraction concepts through third grade. Add the fact that the game presents similarly to “angry birds” and you get one heck of a bonus. As a teacher, even I found the game addicting. It would be great if there were another level or even another app – Slice Fractions 2? – to address the fraction concepts in 4th and 5th grades.