Fearless Fifth Grade Fractions Using Virtual Manipulatives
Fearless Fifth Grade Fractions using Virtual Manipulatives
Fractions have a daunting reputation. The bumper sticker “12/8 of all people have trouble with fractions” is not far off the mark. This is exactly why Virtual Manipulatives is so helpful. This app is very easy to use. The visuals can really aide in building a conceptual understanding.
The app has choice of tiles or circles which are labeled as decimal, percentages and fractions.
Fractions can be compared.
Operations can be illustrated.
Relationships between fractions, decimals, and percentage can be easily seen.
Because a white board is included, showing work on a more complex problem is easy. The app has a camera button so work can be saved and sent to the teacher in NEO, Google Docs, Evernote, or the program of your choosing.
It was heartbreaking to give up my plastic fraction circle sets with all the missing pieces, but I’ve learned to move on.