Fractions are often a difficult concept for students to master. Luckily, there are a lot of great apps that can help! The PowerUp technology experts have put together a list of our favorite, free and low-cost apps that are proven to help struggling students with fractions. A “*” indicates apps that are aligned to the Math Common Core State Standards.
Pizza Fractions 1- Free
This is one of the most popular and well ranked iPad education apps for elementary school students. Students are introduced to the concept of naming fractions using everyone’s favorite food- pizza!
This app if one of our favorites because it is a strategy game. Students can play against the computer or a friend. Students will learn how to compare, order fractions, add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions.
Children quickly learn how to model and solve word problems involving fractions and whole numbers. Added bonus- the app is available in over fifteen different languages!
Oh No Fractions!- Free
This app is a great visual tool to help students understand that relationship and difference between fractions. The visualization of fractions with interactive graphs allows a student to see the solution at each step.
Dive into the depths of the see to explore and learn fractions! This app focuses on whole numbers and fractions on the number line, decimals as fractions, and other math properties related to fractions.
Math Blaster Hyperblast 2 –Free / $1.99
Top pick! This app teaches students a variety of math properties, including fractions while you are on a rocket ship! Learn while on the adventure of a lifetime!
Squeebles Fractions- $1.99
Learn fractions with cakes! There are four mini games in this app that help students learn basic fraction concepts like how to recognize, match, and add fractions.
Fraction Monkey- $1.99
Players launch cupcakes at the correct answers in this fun and engaging game. An addictive game for those who like Angry Birds and fun!
You can pair any of these apps with the teaching strategies for math on PowerUp. Example lesson plans for teaching fractions, such as our Lessons in Action on Visual Representations, Organizing, Thinking Aloud, and Interacting with Peers, can help you find where to integrate apps with your own instruction. Finally, PowerUp offers sample assessments and guidance on formative assessment for fractions, to bring it all together! If you have any suggestions of other free math or fractions apps, please share in the comments section.