This applet is an interactive game. Its object is to move virtual sliders from one side of the game board to the other using fractional steps randomly generated by a virtual deck of cards.
Type of Material:
Drill and practice.
This site can be used for individual exploration.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To provide a better understanding of fractions, fraction comparison, and fraction addition.
Target Student Population:
Pre-algebra or arithmetic students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic understanding of fractions.
This site contains an interactive game whose objective is to move all the markers (sliders) on one side of the board to another side of the board using the minimal amount of cards from the deck. Each card drawn produces a target fraction and a player can move a marker so that the sum of the moves is a fraction that is less than or equal to the target fraction. By playing the game a user develops and improves basic skills of fraction addition and comparison.
There is no negative feedback given if the player breaks the rules and puts moves the slider farther than the fraction permits. Even if every move was an error, the computer still says the game was completed successfully and congratulates the player.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site could serve as a supplement to a basic math course. It could also be easily used as a part of self-guided activity. The site should be really helpful to students who are visual learners. There is an exploration tab with questions that require critical thinking.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is intuitive and very easy to use. The navigation of the site is simple. The instructions are clearly presented and suggested activity is described.
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