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Virtual Manipulatives: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents

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This is a simple visual teaching tool in the form of a simplified drawing tool. Each fraction and its equivalent value in percentages and decimals are depicted as shapes. Move these around and see how these smaller parts make up a whole.

  • See fractions, decimals, and percentages depicted in rectangles or circle slices.
  • Mix and match these components to see what values you create.
  • Compare the values of fractions, decimals, and percentages, and see how they translate to one another.





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Virtual Manipulatives: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents Game for Kids Game Play Instructions

How to Play

Mix and match various components to form whole numbers. Swap out components to see how percentages, fractions, and decimals translate to one another. .

  • Starting the Game
    • Select the gold and white button once it loads to open the welcome screen.
    • On the welcome screen, select the orange play button below the game’s title.
    • Your browser automatically stores the progress you saved.
  • Game Controls
    • Desktop
      • Using your mouse, left click to select and navigate.
    • Touchscreen devices
      • Tap the screen with your fingers and use it as a mouse.
  • Game Play
    • Interface
      • On the left is a lime green menu displaying all the components.
        • Toggle the menu by clicking on the circle worm on the top left corner of the screen.
        • You have 3 main options on the top right
          • Fraction: Presents the data as fractions
          • Decimal: Expresses the data as decimal numbers
          • Percent: Expresses data as percentages
        • Below it is the gear button. Use this to open the options menu:
          • Shape: Choose between rectangles and circles
          • Snap together: Toggles whether the individual shapes snap together
          • Show numbers: Toggles whether each shape shows its equivalent number
          • Color: Choose between opaque and transparent shapes
          • Skins: Pick between any number of shape styles. Each shape has its own set of skins:
            • Rectangles
              • Solid color
              • Gem texture
              • Wood texture
            • Circles
              • Solid color
              • Fruit slices
        • Much of the menu is occupied by the individual components.
      • The drawing area comprises the center and right side of the screen.
      • On the center right are 2 buttons:
        • Pencil button: Allows you to draw a black line on the screen
        • Eraser button: Removes any of the lines you drew
      • On the top right corner is the list button. Select it to open the following options:
        • New: Clear the workspace and start from scratch.
        • Save: Save your current work.
        • Print: Opens the print dialog box on your computer
        • Help: Gives a brief tutorial on the concept behind the game
      • The trash button is located on the bottom right corner.
    • Moving and placement
      • Select and drag each component to the drawing area
        • If you turn on the snap together option, a component placed over another will snap to the left.
          • Snap together works best for rectangular components.
          • For circular components to snap together, they must face the correct direction.
        • You cannot group the objects together. If you move one, you must move the others.
      • Select the pencil to draw lines in the drawing area.
        • Use the drawing tool to emphasize, note, or point.
        • We recommend this for teachers using this game in a classroom environment.
      • Mix and match identically-sized components to see how they translate as percentages, fractions, and decimals.
    • Customizing visual elements
      • Rotation
        • You can rotate the rectangular components.
        • You cannot rotate the circular slices.
          • Instead, choose the slice facing of the correct orientation from the menu.
      • Skins
        • You can change the skins via the options menu.
        • Your changes do not apply retroactively. If you already added items on the screen, they will retain their original appearance.
    • Clearing the space
      • To remove a component, select and drag it to the trash button on the lower right corner.
      • Use the eraser to remove lines you’ve drawn.
      • If you want to start with a clear slate, select the list button, then choose “new.”
  • Target Audience
    • The game is suited for children learning core math concepts like fractions, decimal and percent.
    • The game has no adult content.

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Mobile Friendly Cross Browser Support

This game is rendered in mobile-friendly HTML5, so it offers cross-device gameplay. You can play it on mobile devices like Apple iPhones, Google Android powered cell phones from manufactures like Samsung, tablets like the iPad or Kindle Fire, laptops, and Windows-powered desktop computers. All game files are stored locally in your web browser cache. This game works in Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and other modern web browsers.

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