Elementary Math Apps!



Apps are plentiful and we cannot keep current on all app offerings or those that are recently developed. This list is an attempt to put together 10+ apps that teachers in our districts are finding useful in the area of K-5 math. We have also included a few links near the bottom of sites that list apps by subject area that might be useful. This list will evolve as we continue to have workshops and explore new apps.


Appetizer Card Apps:
pizza.pngMath Pizza: the first grade version is free (uppper grades are $.99) Learn about fractions with slices of pizza. This is the first in a series of 3 apps on fractions. Pizza 1 focuses on simple fractions.

numberline.pngNumber Line - Number Line is an educational game app to help students learn about fractions, decimals, and percents by ordering equivalent fractions, decimals, and percents on a number line. The app features multiple levels where the player must drag circles with either a percent, decimal or fraction onto a number line in the correct sequence. A score is earned based on the time it takes to put all the circles in the correct order (faster is better), plus points for each correct placement, minus points for each error.

math-flash.pngMath Flash: ($.99) If you need a student to master math facts (think old fashioned flash cards) with a self-checking feature, this is the app for you. This free app allows students to complete up to 100 problems in 5 minutes or less.

ichoose.pngiChoose: (Free) Lesson on probability--a tool with coin tosses, yes/no, dice rolls and card choices.

easychart.pngEasy Chart: Create a simple chart with this free tool. Type categories and the number associated with the category and then see the information graphed. Colors and types of graphs can easily be chosen with the tap of an icon.

camera.pngCamera: (Built In App): This free built in app (iPad 2 & above) allows the user to capture a still picture or video. Have students take pictures of shapes, angles, clocks, coins, etc. for use in other apps or for use in a center activity.

mathsmart.pngMath Smart($.99): Math smart is aimed at 1st and 2nd grade students but don't be afraid to use the app at 3rd and 4th grades. Be aware that with the $.99 version you have one sample student--in app purchases allows you to add unlimited students for another $2.99. Students are faced with math problems and then records are kept for the student with a report on problems solved and the area of concern.

fractions.pngFractions($.99):Ths app allows the students to practice their understanding of fractions and the basics of breaking a whole into parts. There may be free apps out there that do something similar but this is one of the tried and true apps that many of our schools are using in the primary grades.


Other Fun Math Apps:
sock-puppets.pngSock Puppets: (Free) Use sock puppets for story problems and solutions. This free app allows the user to create a dialog between one or more sock puppets.

virtual-manip.pngVirtual Manipulatives: A shelf slider of manipulatives along with drawing tools makes this app a very useable free app for students at all elementary levels. Easy to use and get started--this free app is worth a look.

doodle-buddy-icon.pngDoodle Buddy: (Free) Doodle Buddy is a free app that allows the user to draw, doodle, sketch, brainstorm ideas, etc. Older students like the app for quick brainstorming sessions and younger students like using the tool as a drawing tool.

scanapp.pngScan: Scan is an iOS app that reads QR Codes. QR Stands for "Quick Reference" and if you haven't been exposed to QR Codes and how they can be used in the classroom you are missing out. This page on the wiki will give a brief overview on how to Scan QR Codes with your iPad and how to create a QR Code for use in the classroom

Screen Shot 2012-10-02 at 9.24.17 AM.pngShow Me: Show Me is the free app from Easel. ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. Drop a photo from your photo library to write over it. Erase and redraw! Your Show Me can be long or short and record as many as you would like. Upload your ShowMe to the community (and keep it private if you would like).

Fun Math Apps Recommended by Others:
  • Kids Math Fun – Third Grade This app is devoted to third grade math skills, including basic arithmetic. Games like Double Dare and Minute Math keep it fun, too.
  • IMG_0053.PNGMath Quizzer - Math Quizzer is an interactive and fun way to, not only learn, but also to boost your skills in; Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. It offers an easy to understand chalkboard visual, which keeps track of your "score" as you progress. Math Quizzer is perfect for long drives, flights, and waiting in lines. It's excellent for all ages and all skill levels as it allows you to select a specific category or from all four subject areas.
  • Math Cards This grade-as-you-go game teaches subtraction, division, multiplication and addition in a touch-screen game.
  • Brain Tuner Lite This free app is a great tool for getting your kids to practice math skills each day.
  • IMG_0016.PNGMath Match Lite - Math Match is a new game for children that helps them practice their basic math skills, while keeping them excited with fortunes and pictures of cute animals. This lite version of Math Match features Addition and the Easy board setting. Success is rewarded with the unveiling of a cute animal picture and a fortune. Children love this aspect of the game.
  • Math Drills Lite - Graphically rich and fun environment allows a single student to learn basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Explore solutions to problems using number lines, wooden blocks, facts and hints. Solve nine-times problems using your fingers!
  • Roman Numerals - Roman Numerals provides an easy way of converting Roman numerals into more understandable year numbers and vice versa. Use it when you cannot quite work out the age of a building or to resolve disputes about the year in which a TV programme was made. To use it just choose whether you want to convert from Roman numerals or from Arabic numerals and then type in the year and the corresponding value will appear. There are preferences for enabling autocorrection and for choosing which order the roman numerals appear in on the keyboard.
  • Basic Math - This is an application based on the drill-and-practice instructional strategy. Similar to memorization, such a strategy presents the tasks to be completed repetitively to build up the foundation skills for more meaningful learning in the future. This application provides exercises covering basic mathematical skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The exercises are targeted for children under 12 years, and sometimes even adults, with varying degrees of difficulty depending on their age.
  • PopMath Basic Math This level-based math game is supposed to be non-stressful but still effective.
  • The Math Master Practice math drills and learn math facts on this app, which features a numeric touchpad.
  • KidsCalc 7-in-1 Math Fun This app teaches young children number recognition, and older kids arithmetic. It features a birthday party theme, and includes flash cards, puzzle game, running timer, and more.
  • Mathemagics – Mental Math Tricks More advanced students can practice multiplication, square numbers, and more.

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