All of the iPad apps listed below are free. They differ in two ways from many of the apps available for download. The first difference is that they do not focus on rote practice. They are designed to help children develop flexible thinking around numbers. The second is that they work best when the child using them is interacting with an adult while they play. The role of the adult is to ask clarifying questions about how they found their answers, or how they knew they were correct.
Number Rack—Is a very simple app that can have powerful impacts on student thinking. It can be used to practice counting on and back, counting by 5s, counting by 10s. Key to this app is the teacher consistently asking questions like, “How many do we have now?” and “How did you figure that out?”
Hungry Fish—can be used by students to reinforce decomposing and recomposing numbers. The fish in the game only eats specific numbers. A vent at the bottom of the sea produces bubbles with different numbers inside. In order to feed the fish the student needs to combine the correct bubbles to create the number the fish eats.
NCTM Concentration—Can be used at a wide variety of levels. It can set to have students practice matching basic numbers to quantities (5, five, IIIII), Matching shapes to their names, matching multiplication number sentences to quantities or products, matching fractions to quantities, and finding equivalent fractions and percentages.
Photo Time Telling—Can be used to practice telling time on an analog clock. The app can be set to different levels of practice. For example, you can set the app to only practice “o’clocks” and “Thirty” times, or you can set it for intervals of 5, 10, or 15 minutes.
Sushi Monster Math—Can be used to practice addition and multiplication. The app presents target numbers and then lays out 4-6 numbers on a sushi bar. Students pair the numbers that will give them the sums or products that match the target numbers. If they are correct, the sushi monster “eats” the target numbers. If not, he has a fit and throws them back.
Line ‘Em Up—Can be used to practice the sequence of numbers. The app can be set to different levels of practice. Students can work with simple numbers between 1 and 10, double digit numbers or numbers in the 100s.and “How did you figure that out?”