I’ve shared some of my favorite free apps from the Math Learning Center like (Number Pieces, Number Line, and Geoboard). Number Frames is a fantastic iOS and web app that helps students create arrays. They can construct frames of numbers to five, ten, twenty, and one hundred. Students use the frames to count, represent, compare, and compute a set of numbers.
This app helps students see quantities as equal groups and draw conclusions about different quantities. Primary students will move away from one-by-one counting and find more efficient ways of interacting with numbers. Number Frames gives students and teachers lots of options for counting with numbers and examining quantities. They can even annotate the screen to demonstrate their thinking.
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As a former elementary school teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, I know how powerful iPads can be as learning tools in the hands of students. This mobile device is so much more than a content consumption tool, because students can use an iPad for hands-on learning. They can move items across the screen, write about a topic, and document their learning using audio and visual tools.
No Rubber Bands Required
I want to introduce you to a virtual manipulative app and demonstrate a few different ways that it can be used in an elementary school classroom to address concepts outlined in the Common Core State Standards while promoting higher-order thinking skills. Geoboard, by the Math Learning Center is a versatile app that provides a rubber-band free alternative to traditional geoboards. It lets students pick and choose from two different boards and lots of virtual rubber bands to create shapes.
Happy Numbers is a terrific math web app that is designed to help elementary school students understand foundational concepts. They have tons of great activities for teachers to use with their students and have just released a new update. Their new topic Plus-Minus 1-100 (part 2), is designed to help students understand the concept of regrouping and exchanging.
This exercise gives students an opportunity to work though two-digit addition and subtraction problems using visual models they can move across their screen. Using a variety of objects like apples and base ten blocks, students will begin to understand the relationship between place value and operations. Students will also have the opportunity to use a number line to model addition and subtraction with two-digit numbers.
For extra practice for long division you’ll want to take a look at Tapston Math’s app in the Apple App Store and Amazon Marketplace. Long Division Tapston Math helps students understand the long division process. It works with basic concepts to more challenging skills like working with remainders and decimals. Students working through long division problems will benefit from the extra practice manipulating dividends and divisors.
When students get stuck on a problem there are hints to help them find the correct answer. Most of the features built-in to Long Division Tapston Math are free, the rest can be unlocked with one in-app purchase. These extra features let users solve long division problems they’ve inputed into the app.