Is fraction a hard concept to learn? The basic concept may be not, but when it comes to comparison and calculation, it can get very confusing sometime. What is a better way to teach and reinforce the fraction concept than playing games? Today I am sharing cool math games of fractions: Slice Fractions. It is also the number 1 featured app on App Store for Best New Apps.
What is interesting about Slice Fractions is that it combines math and physics into one game. The game is designed based on math common core concepts for grade 2 to 4. You can find the common core concepts addressed at different game levels on the game’s home screen. The math concept introductions and level progressions are so well designed that kids will move up the levels smoothly, not even realizing they are learning new concepts or the games are getting harder.
The first several games are simply introducing how the game works. The objective of the game is to clear the path for a lovely mammoth. If there are ice blocks on the road, then kids need put equal sized lava to melt the ice; if lava blocks are on the road, they need equal size of ice. The key is the equal amount of the two – if either is more than the other, it will stay on the road as a barrier. There will be times kids have to cut the big blocks into smaller pieces (a fraction) to create the right size. To have the right size, kids must have very good knowledge of shapes and areas, in addition to fractions. This is the math part of the game.
Besides math, there are physics involved in the game play. The blocks that kids need to neutralize the road barriers are usually chained and connected in certain ways. Kids have to figure out where, which, how, and when to cut or move certain part of the connected pieces, so the right amount of the blocks get to the right spot at the right time. It is physics, as well as strategic planning and problem solving.
Slice Fractions is a cool math and physics game for kids. It is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad. It is also available for Android on Google Play. It is $2.99.
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Looking for more fraction apps? Check out this free app: Oh No Fraction.