Reviews and Awards
We are pleased to tell you that our Balancing Act app has been reviewed by the Educational App Store and awarded an EAS Certification of 5 Stars and EAS Recommended Status. Furthermore, they have reviewed this app as a fantastic resource for learning.
How to play
The Balancing Act game challenges the player has to make an arithmetic equation balance by choosing where to put the addition, subtraction, multiplication or division signs. When the operations have been placed, tap the Check button to see if the expression is correct and the equation balances.
A Rationale for using the app
A key feature of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics is the early introduction of expressions with mixed operations. Fluency with working out the value of a numerical expression is a great way into becoming confident with algebraic expressions. By bringing this topic forward students should be well prepared for the algebra shock that awaits. Balancing Act is our contribution to this topic. The program sets challenges that we have found really do encourage the application of mental strategies as well as giving familiarity with numerical expressions.
This program is aimed at the top end of Primary and expects that students will be comfortable with the four arithmetic operations as well as dealing with the negative numbers that occur occasionally in the expressions.
In the classroom
The Balancing Act program supports the Year 6 statements for Number & Algebra in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. In the lesson plan given below, you will see how the app can be used to develop skills with numerical expressions with a follow-up activity that will provide evidence of real achievement.
This app is available for both iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Released: 21 September 2011
Size: 11.8 MB
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
This product can also be used as a resource for the classroom. The following lesson plan and activity may help you to make the most of the product with a group of students or the whole class.Download Lesson Plan