4th Grade Math Planet – Fun Math Game Curriculum

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Fact drills and fun mini-activities engage and challenge.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, number sense, place value, estimation, geometry, and measurement. There are mini-activities within each planet, and kids have to complete a level within a planet to get to the next level. There's excellent learning progression with scaffolding throughout the game, even within the mini-activities. For example, in one mini-activity, kids start by dragging fraction bubbles to the correct place on a labeled number line. They end by popping fraction bubbles in ascending order. The game also features a Math Facts section. Kids choose a specific topic and then race to complete drills with both speed and accuracy. Kids occasionally get supportive hints as they play, but directly accessible hints and feedback for incorrect answers are lacking. Nonetheless, 4th Grade Math Planet – Fun math game curriculum gives kids an excellent opportunity 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.


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 4th Grade Math Planet – Fun math game curriculum to learn and practice multiplication, division, fraction, decimal, angles, and more for fourth grade is a learning tool that includes engaging mini-activities and fact drills for a well-rounded learning experience. Kids can either complete interactive 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. An impressive tracking program monitors kids' progress 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?

There are two 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?

4TH GRADE MATH PLANET – FUN MATH GAME CURRICULUM TO LEARN AND PRACTICE MULTIPLICATION, DIVISION, FRACTION, DECIMAL, ANGLES, AND MORE FOR FOURTH GRADE is packed with engaging and challenging grade-appropriate activities. There's a lot of interactivity, as kids must constantly tap, drag, or swipe to complete problems. The Skill Tracker is comprehensive and easy to use. 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. Instructional hints and feedback would boost the learning experience, but the built-in instructional scaffolding does a nice job of guiding kids through challenges. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about word problems. Have kids write a word problem related to the math content from each mini-activity that they complete.

  • Set a timer to see how many Math Facts problems kids can accurately finish in one minute.

App details

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

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