Are you a primary/elementary school teacher who, when you look at your planning for the term, looks like the chicken in the image when you realise you need to teach fractions? It just appears to be one of those mathematical concepts that some pupils really struggle with, despite all the pizzas, sweets and other creative methods you concoct!
There are quite a few educational apps on the market which attempt to support pupils with learning about fractions, but Chicken Coop Fractions offers an engaging way for pupils to grasp some of the basic, key concepts. Chicken coop fractions is a suite of games designed to help children develop methodologies for rapidly solving problems involving fractions, with different games to support areas of learning:
Chicken coop game: estimating fractions
This is the free aspect of the app and you are shown a fraction with the challenge to estimate the decimal equivalent by placing a nest on a number line. Clearly, the hens are mathematical experts and they will fire their eggs towards the correct answer. If your estimate is good the eggs will be caught in the nest but if you’re too far out it all gets very messy.
The following aspects to the app require an In-App-Purchase, if the user wants them. They are completely child friendly (no advertising) and there is also an option to have a full paid version for volume purchases for schools that want to buy it. Click here to view this option in the Apple App Store.*
Rocket rooster: adding fractions
Improve your ability to add fractions as you choose the right set of rockets to fire Ernie into the nest. In this hilarious game there are fifty levels to complete and each one will help you get to grips with addition and multiplication of fractions.
Simply-frying fractions: simplifying fractions
Help kung fu chicken in his quest to simplify fractions by finding the common factors of the numerator and denominator. You will need to be a black belt at finding highest common factors to get a good score.
Bad egg: equivalent fractions
Smash the rotten egg by clicking on the fraction that is not equivalent to the others. By playing this game your students will develop a variety of mental strategies that help them to identify equivalent fractions.
Chicken coop painter: comparing fractions
Use your knowledge of fractions to paint a chicken coop according to the hen’s instructions! This clever game will teach students to visualise and compare the value of different fractions.
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