App of the Week: Fun with fractions

By Stephen Noonoo
October 16th, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? Fruity Fractions teaches basic fractions concepts to kids in first through third grade. Students divide up circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, and irregular shapes into equal parts. Without knowing it, kids use the concept of the unit fraction to build an understanding of whole-part relationships. Instruction and practice are interwoven, empowering kids to move from simple to complex seamlessly.

Rating: 5/5

Price: $2.99

Grades: 1-3

Pros: Fun games gradually foster strong conceptual understanding; great built-in CCSS alignment.

Cons: Short motivational cartoons that appear every few levels don’t make sense to kids.

Bottom line: A stellar way to dig deep and give kids an excellent intro to fractions.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is the current editor of eSchool News. He is a former consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.