Virtual Manipulatives!

Bring your math instruction into the digital age with this set of virtual manipulatives. Offering visual models of fractions, decimals, and percents this useful resource is a must-have for any upper-elementary classroom.

2nd - 6th Math 67 Views 19 Downloads
CCSS: Adaptable
App Overview

Getting started with this easy-to-use app couldn't be simpler. After launching it, a screen is displayed that points out the key features and explains in writing how they are used. When finished reading over the information, users close the screen and are free to begin creating colorful math models with the simple touch of a finger. Providing manipulatives that represent wholes, halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, eighths, tenths, and twelfths and the decimal and percent equivalents of each, this resource offers excellent support as children work to deepen their number sense.

Options 

  • Switch between the fractions, decimals, and percents manipulatives
  • Upload an image from your device
  • Create a new image
  • Save the image currently displayed on the screen
  • Add handwriting to an image using your finger to write
  • Erase handwriting that has been added to an image
  • Open the settings menu

Settings

  • Choose between tile or circle manipulatives
  • Turn on/off the snap to grid option, which links pieces together when dragged into an image
  • Show/hide the numbers on the manipulatives
  • Swtich the color between opaque and transparent
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Rating Details

  • Adherence to task
  • Worth the money
  • Fun factor
  • Scaffolding of learning

    There is one help screen at the beginning that shows how to use the features of the app, but not ongoing support is provided.

  • User safety
  • Control and feedback
  • How techie do I need to be?
    Novice
Instructional Ideas

  • Project this resource as visual support during lessons on fractions, decimals, and percents
  • Have students submit the images they create at the end of each lesson or lesson series, allowing you to check for understanding
  • If a limited number of devices are available in your class, create a math center where students can use this app to solve word problems
  • Use this resource to differentiate instruction, providing extra support to children needing help with understanding fractions, decimals, and percents
Classroom Considerations

  • Application does not allow for multiple accounts on a single device, but children can save and access their own work
  • While there isn't an option within the app to share work with others, students are able to send the images they create through separate e-mail or messaging services
Pros

  • Manipulatives are color-coded, making it easier for kids to make connections between fractions, decimals, and percents
  • There are no in-app purchases or third-party advertisements
Cons

  • None