Gilda Gator is the host and an amusement park is the setting in this fun CD-ROM entitled Fraction Attraction, designed to help kids in grades 3-8 understand and work with fractions. Fractions can be a very difficult concept for many math students, and this software program can really help kids visualize and grasp the true meaning of this important subject. It deals with fractions, decimals, and percents.
There are 4 fraction games to play:
- The Frac Track contains a horse race that helps illustrate fractions on a number line
- The Frac-o-Wheel helps children understand fraction equivalents by running the Ferris wheel. The goal of the game is to unload passengers from the ride in as few moves as possible.
- Fuzzy Fracs helps kids to order fractions and recognize relative size as they knock down fuzzy fracs in the correct order.
- In Whack-a-Frac, kids use a mallet to whack "yes" and "no" signs held by moles that test kids' understanding of fraction equivalencies.
Each activity has adjustable options that include the adjustment of difficulty levels (from 1-5), whether or not to have time limits in the Whack-a-Frac game, sorting fractions in order from smallest to largest or largest to smallest in Fuzzy Fracs, etc. In each activity there is an Analyze feature that allows children to see an explanation of why their answer was wrong! This is very helpful and educational.
The teacher's guide (included in the school version) is well put together and contains many tips, explanations, and worksheets.
Testers loved the activities! They are loads of fun.
Minimum requirements are a 486/66, 8 Mb RAM, 2X CD-ROM. Mac users require a 68030/25 (68040 rec.) with 8 Mb RAM, System 7.0 or higher. The program can be installed fully to the hard drive, or in two different formats for CD usage.
The graphics are excellent they are colorful and crisp and the audio is clear.
work with fractions, decimals, percents, ordering, multiple representations, equivalence, location of fractions on a number line, relative size
Its coverage of fractions in their different forms is quite broad, and it includes many levels of difficulty and formats of play. Especially noteworthy is the Analyze feature that allows children to investigate their wrong answers.
The characters and activities are positive and upbeat. Kids enjoyed playing the games as they learned.
Playing is intuitive and there are nice customization features.
The activities are enjoyable enough to want to replay often.
The home version is $19.95 US, which represents a good value for the money. The school version contains a Teacher's Guide and is $90 US.