5th 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 multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, angles, shapes, place value, elapsed time, and number sense. 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 a number-line activity, kids start by identifying individual fractions. Then they identify equivalent fractions and sums of fractions on the number line. 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. In 5th Grade Math Planet  Fun Math Game Curriculum, kids do not receive feedback for incorrect answers, so the game works best as targeted practice rather than full curriculum support.

Ease of Play

The game is cleanly designed and pretty easy to navigate. There are information sections on the Math Facts and Skill Tracker pages. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 5th 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 fifth-grade math skills. There also is a comprehensive tracking program with graphical reports and an activity log. The Android version offers limited, free gameplay for grades 2 through 8. Additional grade-level curriculum can be purchased. 

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What's it about?

With over 30 levels of games and plenty of math fact drills, 5TH 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 fractions on a number line, compare rational numbers, identify time on analog and digital clocks, partition shapes, add and subtract angles, 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 parts and wholes, adding and subtracting fractions, placing values in decimals, and much more.

Is it any good?

5th 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. Where and how do we use math every day?

  • 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: algebra, division, fractions, geometry, multiplication, numbers, patterns
  • 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. Additional grade-level play can be purchased 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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