Oh No Fractions!

Common Sense Media says

Basic app focuses on visual models of fractions.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

This app is easy to play. Kids drag the words "greater" or "lesser" onto the center of the screen to complete the equation. They then create a bar graph representing each fraction compared side by side so they can see whether they were correct.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Oh No Fractions! is designed to help kids visualize how to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and compare fractions. A "stats" feature shows kids' activity and the number of problems they got correct and incorrect. The app is a good practice tool and explains fractions in a straightforward graphical manner without any bells or whistles.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • subtraction
  • addition
  • division
  • fractions
  • multiplication

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • problem solving

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This basic educational app works best for kids who are struggling to understand fractions by showing visual feedback.

Learning Approach

Visual explanation of fractions is valuable, but the app provides limited feedback. Kids can monitor their activity with a stat tracker. 

Support

The simple interface doesn't need much explanation, but a brief tutorial would help kids who might be confused at first.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • subtraction
  • addition
  • division
  • fractions
  • multiplication

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • problem solving

Kids can learn to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. Kids also can compare fractions, judging which one is greater and which is less. They learn to visually represent fractions using a divided bar to help them make sense of fractions, even when they have different denominators. Oh No Fractions! offers a simple way for kids to think about and practice operations on fractions.

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What's it about?

In OH NO FRACTIONS! kids are given two fractions, one on each side of the screen. Kids must perform the chosen operation (adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing) or complete a comparison. When kids perform an operation, they use bar models to select the numerator and denominator for the answer. This helps kids find common denominators when needed. When they're finished, kids can choose "I'm sure" to find out if the answer is correct or "Show me" to see the answer. When kids do comparisons, they must decide if the fraction on the left is greater or less than the fraction on the right. Players select an answer and choose "I'm sure" to check it. They'll see whether their answer was "correct" or "wrong" and then be able to "Prove it!" The "Prove it" screen shows each fraction on a bar divided into equal spaces based on the denominator. Kids drag over the boxes to fill in the numerator for each and then see the fractions compared side by side on the graph. They also can tap to reveal the solution. A Stats page shows kids their activity and progress and can easily be reset. The sound effects are minimal -- a "bleep" for correct answers and a "bonk" for wrong answers --- but the audio can be turned off. Kids can set the max denominator up to 99 and can access a simple cheat sheet that lists basic steps for performing operations on fractions.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Oh No Fractions! has an elegant design, and the visual demonstration helps kids make sense of fractions. When kids compare fractions, they're told whether their answer was "correct" or "wrong" and then given an opportunity to see why by using the feature called "Prove it." The "Prove it" feature puts kids in charge of creating each fraction on a visual bar graph, so they can compare the two fractions. These visual representations are powerful ways to help kids understand fractions. Kids can see a record of total correct and incorrect answers, but the app offers no data about which particular fractions may have caused difficulties. However, the point is to provide kids with a digital tool to help them understand. Though lacking flash and standard kid-friendly appeal, this is a solid math tool for kids who need help visualizing fractions.

Families can talk about...

  • Point out fractions to kids as you encounter them in everyday life: "One-quarter of our family ordered chicken for dinner" or "one-third of your homework is finished."

  • Show kids different ways to compare fractions using everyday objects: "Our pizza has eight slices. We each had two slices or two-eighths of the pizza. That's the same as one-quarter."

  • Have kids write and solve real-word problems involving operations on fractions.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Pricing structure:Paid, Free
Release date:March 9, 2014
Category:Education
Topics:High school
Size:3.10 MB
Publisher:Curious Hat
Version:2.41
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later

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