1st Grade Math Planet – Fun Math Game Curriculum

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Mixed games and drills great for skill practice.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about addition, subtraction, number sense, telling time, and geometry. Mini-activities cover the skills and can be found within each "Planet," and kids must complete a level within a planet to get to the next level. Difficulty increases as kids play, even within a single mini-activity. For example, in a bubble-popping activity about numbers, kids start by popping the bubbles in chronological order. Then, they pop bubbles that are "greater than" or "less than" a given number. In the Math Fact section, kids focus on building fact fluency. They choose a mathematical operation and try to complete drills as quickly and accurately as possible. Kids do not receive feedback for incorrect answers, so 1st Grade Math Planet – Fun Math Game Curriculum is best suited for targeted practice rather than full curriculum support.

Ease of Play

The game is cleanly designed and pretty easy to navigate. There are information sections on the Math Facts page and Skill Tracker page. 

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Pop-ups prompt users to rate the game. There are multiple links to the developer's social media pages in the parents' section. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 1st Grade Math Planet – Fun Math Game Curriculum is a math game that helps kids practice math and build fluency. There are two main modes of play: math fact drills and mini-activities. The math fact drills help kids build fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division, and the mini-activities are a fun way for kids to practice a broad range of first-grade math skills. There also is a comprehensive tracking program with graphical reports and an activity log. 

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What's it about?

With over 30 levels of games and plenty of math-fact drills, 1st Grade Math Planet – Fun Math Game Curriculum is a comprehensive practice tool. The mini-activities range in theme and include challenges that require kids to identify numbers on a number line, pop bubbles in order, identify and pop bubbles that are less than or greater than a given number, count train cars, count groups of jelly beans, identify time on an analog clock, and more. Kids earn coins and stars for correct answers, and as they progress, the activities become more difficult. The Math Facts problems are typical drills that require speed and accuracy. Kids can choose to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. The Skill Tracker feature provides a graphical display of kids' performance in specific content areas such as adding and subtracting within 100, counting numbers up to 50, and much more. 

Is it any good?

1ST GRADE MATH PLANET – FUN MATH GAME CURRICULUM has many activities that are grade-appropriate, engaging, and challenging. Kids will enjoy the variety of mini-activities, as well as the fun themes throughout the game. One of the best features is the built-in adaptive-learning tool: As kids play, the game adapts to their individual skill levels. The Skill Tracker is impressive as well, with a graphical display of performance within specific content areas. This makes it easy to identify possible areas in which kids are struggling. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the math skills from the game are important in day-to-day life. What do we need to add? When do we subtract?

  • Set a timer for kids when they work on the Math Facts and challenge them to beat their time each week. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Math: addition, counting, division, multiplication, numbers, shapes, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, thinking critically
    Self-Direction: academic development, achieving goals, working efficiently
  • Price: $4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: July 11, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 104.00 MB
  • Publisher: Playpower Labs
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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