3rd Grade Math Planet – Fun Math Game Curriculum

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Kids play and learn with fun activities and fact drills.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, estimation, telling time, measuring volume and angles, and identifying and partitioning shapes. 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 one activity, kids start by counting jelly beans. As they progress, they multiply using jelly beans arranged in arrays. In the Math Fact section, kids focus on building fact fluency. They choose a mathematical operation and then try to complete drills as quickly and accurately as possible. 3rd Grade Math Planet Fun Math Game Curriculum doesn't provide feedback for incorrect answers, so the game works best as targeted practice rather than full curriculum support.

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 and Skill Tracker pages.

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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 3rd 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 third-grade math skills. There also is a comprehensive tracking program with graphical reports and an activity log. The Android version offers free, limited gameplay for grades 2 through 8. Additional grade-level curriculum can be purchased. 

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Adult Written byStefanie S. October 22, 2016

Gaming in Outer Space

The app serves its purpose for reviewing math skills taught in a fun game like atmosphere. I would put the visual learners on here because only some of the gam... Continue reading

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What's it about?

With over 30 levels of games and plenty of math-fact drills, 3rd 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, compare numbers, count and multiply groups of jelly beans, identify time on an analog clock, partition shapes, 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 counting and skip counting, fractions on a number line, patterns in a multiplication table, and much more.

Is it any good?

3RD 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. How do we use math every day? What kinds of math do we use?

  • 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, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Math: addition, counting, division, estimation, fractions, geometry, measurement, multiplication, numbers, shapes, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, part-whole relationships, thinking critically
    Self-Direction: academic development, achieving goals, working efficiently
  • Price: $4.99, Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try, Paid (The Android version offers limited game play for free; purchase additional grade-level curriculum for $4.99.)
  • Release date: July 6, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 98.90 MB
  • Publisher: Playpower Labs
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later

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