# Fraction Tiles

**Web Link: **Polypad – Virtual Manipulatives – Mathigon

**Flexibility: **Using Fraction Bars on the left menu of Polypad allows a teacher to bring them into the blank canvas. It will bring in the tiles as they equal one. This means it will bring in 4 1/4th tiles or 8 1/8th tiles. They can be shrunk to the number you want or split and moved apart from each other. Polypad provides for 1/2 to 1/9th tiles. There is a pen and textbox feature to draw or add information to the canvas. One current limitation of the textbox feature is not being able to create fractional notation, it has to be created with the pen. The canvas can be saved and a link sent to the students to access what the teacher has created. Images can also be uploaded into the canvas to be used for reference. Clicking and dragging will allow a teacher to select multiple tiles to move around at one time.

**User Interfaces: **Mouse and touchpad friendly. Touch-friendly.

**Browsers: **Works with all major browsers

**Web Link:** Fraction Bars | Teaching Tools | Toy Theater Educational Games

**Flexibility: **This virtual manipulative allows students to create their own faction bars and compare them in three empty spaces above. Students can set the numerator and denominator, then the applet creates the fraction bar for them. Useful for seeing that the denominator is the number of empty spots, the numerator is how many spots are filled. Limited to fractions 1/1 to 12/12. The app does not do mixed fractions.

**User Interfaces: **Mouse and touchpad friendly. Touch-friendly.

**Browsers: **Works with all major browsers

**Web Link:** Interactive Fraction Wall | online fraction | percentage | decimal | visnos

**Flexibility: **Easily the most advanced fraction bars manipulative listed on this website. Probably best for teacher and older student use. Features here include

There are a number of built-in walls (1 - 1/12) (mixed) (1/2s) (1/3s) (1/5s)(1/prime#)

The unit can be changed from simplified fractions, fractions, percentages, and decimals. Showing their equivalence.

Answers at the end can be hidden so students have to figure them out first.

There is a randomization option to select random numerators.

There is an option to align all fraction bars to the left (any can be clicked and highlighted)

There is an equivalence mode, where when any fraction bar is clicked, the equivalent fractions will be highlighted on the other bars.

There is an option to work for the lowest common multiples.

The answer bar can be changed to a different unit from the wall, being simplified fractions, fractions, percentages, or decimals.

Up to 14 bars can be added. These bars can go from 1 to 1/100, although an added bar will default to 1/120

**User Interfaces: **Mouse and touchpad friendly. Touch-friendly. Only one bar can be turned on at a time, which makes working with larger fractions more difficult if not using equivalency mode.

**Browsers: **Works with all major browsers

**Web Link:** Fraction Strips | Free Virtual Manipulatives | Toy Theater

**Flexibility: **This version of fraction bars allows students to pull fraction bars into empty rows that will facilitate up to the number 2. Bars automatically snap to each other and move to the left of the empty bar. Dragging a fraction bar into a full bar will move the tiles so some are destroyed. 1 and 1/2 to 1/12th bars are given with 1/7th, 1/8th, and 1/11th missing.

This virtual manipulative can also be expanded into similar virtual manipulatives on the same website using percentage strips and decimal strips which have similar limitations as described here.

**User Interfaces: **Mouse and touchpad friendly. Touch-friendly.

**Browsers: **Works with all major browsers

**Web Link:** Fraction Number (didax.com)

**Flexibility: **This virtual manipulative gives a blank canvas for working with fraction bars. Bars are provided for 1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/12, 1/16. There is an option to turn on a number line from 0 to 2. The labels for the bars can be turned on or off. There is a pen to write on the canvas. Bars will automatically snap to each other at the top and at the sides. Bars will automatically move to the left of the canvas unless they were already snapped to a bar above it.

**User Interfaces: **Mouse and touchpad friendly. Touch-friendly.

**Browsers: **Works with all major browsers

**Web Link:** Fractions by The Math Learning Center

**Flexibility: **Blank canvas for students to work with fraction bars. Fraction bars can be added for any number from 1/1 to 1/999. Bars can be coloured in with a click and drag, which is extremely useful for large fractions such as 1/25. Bars can also be rotated to be horizontal. The bars can be resized to be larger or smaller, this is good, but potential creates problems with comparing bars later. The app also has the ability to add fractional circles to the same canvas. There is a pen to write on the canvas and a keypad to add basic math. However, the keypad cannot input fractional notation.

**User Interfaces: **Mouse and touchpad friendly. Touch-friendly

**Browsers: **Works with all major browsers

**Web Link:** Fraction Bars | Math Playground

**Flexibility: **This virtual manipulative gives space to compare 5 fraction bars. By clicking the bar you want to change, and changing the sliders at the bottom, it will change the fraction bar into the numerator and denominator you want to compare. All bars are 1/1 but can be turned into 20/20. There is also the ability to hide the fractional numbers.

**User Interfaces: **Mouse and touchpad friendly. Touch-friendly.

**Browsers: **Works with all major browsers

**Web Link:** Fraction Bars Virtual Manipulative

**Flexibility: **Contains bars for 1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/10, and 1/12. There is the ability to add transparent pieces that overlay existing pieces. Bars will snap to each other or the grid on the background. There is a video walkthrough for this manipulative here.

**User Interfaces: **Mouse and touchpad friendly. Touch-friendly, but does not resize for smaller screens.

**Browsers: **Works with all major browsers.

**Original Creator: **Fraction Bars Manipulative – Mathematics Blog (wordpress.com)

**Web Link:** Fraction Wall (mathsbot.com)

**Flexibility: **This applet provides a fraction wall that can be manipulated. Blocks can be copied to create more of them. It is possible to take the labels and colours off. It is also possible to change the colour of the blocks. There is a toggle button to toggle the label on the blocks between fractional, decimal, and percentage equivalents. The fraction wall can be extended from a denominator of 2 to a denominator of 24.

**User Interfaces: **Mouse and touchpad friendly. Touch-friendly.

**Browsers: **Works with all major browsers.

**Web Link: **Fractions, Percent, Decimals

**Flexibility: **This virtual manipulative allows you to set a number of divisions for a grid (up to a hundred) and a number of colours (up to 5) to colour the segments. Students can then figure out the fractional number of each colour, its decimal equivalent, and its percent. The answer for each is revealed as they click on the question mark. There is an option to randomize the colours and pick simplified fractions.

**User Interfaces: **Mouse, touchpad, and touch-friendly.

**Browsers: **Works with all major browsers