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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that 1st Grade Splash Math Game lets kids practice first-grade level Common Core math skills in an entertaining way. You can choose the skills and difficulty levels from categories including place value, count and compare, advanced addition, data and graphs, and more. Kids earn little origami fish for their "aquariums" as they go. As they earn fish, they can feed them, make them chase each other, or drop anvils on crabs; however, these aquarium activities aren't connected to the math concepts. 1st Grade Splash Math Game does give on-screen notifications of progress in each area, and parents can view progress or get email notifications.
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What's it about?
Kids solve a series of math problems in an undersea world. Every time they solve 10 to 15 problems, with answers presented in multiple choice or click-and-drag format, they will earn a cute fish to add to their virtual aquariums. Kids are given visuals such as number lines, base-10 blocks, coins, graphs, tables, and a clock with movable hands that can help them solve the problems. Kids will enjoy playing within the aquarium every time they earn a new fish or continue to tackle math problems instead.
Is it any good?
The graphics and sounds in 1ST GRADE SPLASH MATH GAME are clear and colorful without being distracting, and instructions on the screen are visual (clicking and dragging, for example, is an animated instruction). The origami-style fish are cute, and kids will enjoy solving math problems to earn fish for their aquariums. Parents have the option of choosing whether questions are read to kids or not (in a digitized voice), which could be helpful for kids who are pre-readers or who have reading difficulties. The 13 chapters of math topics are well-structured and allow flexibility to choose only a single skill or a range to work on. This is much more than a math-facts drill app, as it reviews many of the important number-sense concepts. Parents will feel good about being able to track the progress their kids are making each time they use the app. The biggest drawback is that the aquarium reward system is completely disconnected from the learning process.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: addition, algebra, arithmetic, counting, equations, geometry, graphing, grouping, measurement, money, numbers, sequences, shapes, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, problem solving
- Price: $9.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: September 25, 2013
- Category: Educational Games
- Size: 76.20 MB
- Publisher: StudyPad, Inc.
- Version: 4.7.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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