3rd Grade Math: Fun Kids Games

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Adaptive, alien-themed math games with in-game coins.

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Educational Value

A fun way for kids to practice third-grade math skills (time, measurements, multiplications, fractions, etc.), but could use better explanations for repeated wrong answers. 

Ease of Play

A tutorial gets kids started, and directions are available for all of the activities. Lacks strong help for incorrect answers. 

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Consumerism

Kids earn in-game currency for purchasing furniture and outfits. Once subscribed, there are no in-app purchases, but the parent gate for subscribing only requires pressing a specific number for several seconds. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 3rd Grade Math: Fun Kids Games is an edutainment-style math practice app for third-graders. It's free to try some sample lessons, but the subscriptions range from $1.99/month to $19.99/year. The app supports three profiles, and parents can track their kids' progress (with subscription). The app is tied to standards, but kids may find some of the concepts as presented to be difficult or outside the scope of their state expectations. Prompts and correct answers may help kids who get stuck, but some may need extra hand-holding. There's a heavy focus on earning coins and spending them for in-game items, which may be motivating for some kids but distracting for others. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bypriya manamela July 26, 2018

my brothers math marks has increased ever since i was recomanded this website

it will never let you down and if your child is 6 and above they will have grate progress at school

What's it about?

Parents must first create an account for 3RD GRADE MATH: FUN KIDS GAMES, and then they can add profiles for up to three kids. Kids start out by getting an introduction to the environment and a bit of backstory. They then get started by choosing an avatar from a collection of one-eyed space dwellers in a rainbow of colors. They'll also receive a tour of some of the game features, including their own home to decorate. As kids play through games, they earn coins that they can use for clothing for their avatar or furniture for their house. Learning games have four modes: training, accuracy, speed, and a story-based mission. As kids answer problems correctly, they level up in difficulty. Activities might include drawing a gardening plot with a specific perimeter, measuring out liquid to reach a certain volume, or matching a clock to a time. They are all themed around living on an alien planet. The math presented ties into the Common Core standards and covers a range of topics appropriate for the average third-grader. 

Is it any good?

While the content is solid, the quality of learning will heavily depend on the ability of a child to ignore all of the bells and whistles and actually solve the math problems. 3rd Grade Math: Fun Kids Games, much like other apps from this publisher, is all about making math fun to learn. It succeeds. Kids will enjoy cruising around in their spaceship, playing games, and decorating their virtual home. But there's a lot going on, all the time, and it's likely to be far too distracting for some kids who may get caught up in buying and decorating items and miss the learning. For kids who do learn well this way, the experience is a quality one. Each game has a video tutorial that shows you how to play, and kids are shown the correct answer when they make mistakes. That said, this is a better experience for practice than for actual learning, as there aren't always lessons that teach kids what to do. If you've got a third-grader who needs to practice but doesn't want to, 3rd Grade Math: Fun Kids Games is a wonderful option. Just be prepared to help out if kids get stuck and to get them back on track if they get distracted.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about math. What are some of the things you're learning in math this year? How can those concepts be used outside of school? Can 3rd Grade Math: Fun Kids Games or an app like it help?

  • Families can talk about learning with apps. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why, or why not? What can you learn? 

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