2nd Grade Math Planet – Fun Math Game Curriculum

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Engaging mini-activities for practice, building fluency.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn and build fluency in several content areas including addition, subtraction, number sense, place value, estimation, geometry, and telling time. The game features mini-activities within each planet, and kids have to complete a level within a planet to get to the next level. There is solid learning progression throughout the game, even within the mini-activities. For example, in one mini-activity, kids start by counting jellybeans. Then they identify which table has more jellybeans on it. Finally, kids drag jellybeans onto a table to finish number sentences involving addition and subtraction. The game also features a Math Facts section. Kids choose a specific topic and then race to complete drills with both speed and accuracy. Although feedback for incorrect answers is lacking, 2nd Grade Math Planet is a great way for kids to practice and boost fluency in key areas of mathematics.

Ease of Play

A link to an information page on the home screen would be useful, but the game is fairly easy to navigate. There's information on the Math Facts page and Skill Tracker page. 

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Pop-ups appear from time to time asking users to rate the game. The free Android version requires an in-app purchase to unlock the full curriculum.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 2nd Grade Math Planet - Fun Math Game Curriculum for Addition, Subtraction, Place Value, Counting, and More for Second Grade is a game for practicing and building fluency in essential math skills. Kids can either complete activities that cover a range of skills, or they can test their speed and accuracy by completing math-fact drills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. The game is fun and engaging, and the tracking program is impressive, with graphical reports and an activity log. A condensed, free Android version of the game covers content for grades 2 through 8. 

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What's it about?

Kids can choose from the main options for play: Math Facts and Planet mini-activities. In Math Facts, kids complete a set of grade-appropriate drills as quickly and accurately as possible. In the Planet mini-activities, there are over 30 levels spread across five planets. Kids work on a variety of skills and activities with different themes. A progress-tracking program shows kids' scores as percentiles and as percent correct. Kids are motivated to earn points and stars, which they can use to unlock new avatars. 

Is it any good?

​2ND GRADE MATH PLANET - FUN MATH GAME CURRICULUM FOR ADDITION, SUBTRACTION, PLACE VALUE, COUNTING, AND MORE FOR SECOND GRADE has a wide variety of activities that are grade-appropriate yet challenging. The different styles of questions and theme keeps kids engaged, and the progress-tracking program is comprehensive and easy to use. It's helpful that kids can switch from Math Facts, where they work on fluency, to the Planet mini-activities, where they work on various skills to build conceptual understanding. It would be great to see some instructional hints and feedback in the game so kids can learn even more as they play. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about word problems. After kids finish a mini-activity, have them write a word problem related to the math content from the activity. 

  • When kids tackle the Math Facts drills, use a timer to see how many problems they can accurately finish in one minute. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Math: addition, counting, division, estimation, multiplication, numbers, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, part-whole relationships, thinking critically
    Self-Direction: academic development, working efficiently
  • Price: Free-$9.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • 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; Android 2.3 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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