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What parents need to know
What's it about?
CALCUGATORS – ADDITION has four levels of difficulty, and each level requires kids to complete 10 equations to earn a star and a message (which is a kid-friendly joke) in a bottle. The first two levels have one missing addend in each equation, and the last two levels have two missing addends. Kids are given several numbers and have to figure out which numbers add up to make the missing addend(s). They drag the numbers into the alligators' mouths, the alligators chomp them, and the kids find out if they are right or wrong.
Is it any good?
This alligator-themed game is a unique way for kids to build math fluency, but it may become tedious for those who like more fast-paced practice. Calcugators - Addition is challenging enough for kids with a wide range of abilities, and it's fun to feed numbers to the alligators and watch them chomp away. However, the animations are a little slow, and then kids have to press a button to move onto the next equation. While there is variety in the skill levels, gameplay is the same throughout. For this reason, don't expect kids to play for long periods at a time.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about strategies kids can use to complete the math equations in Calcugators - Addition. For example, they can use the opposite of addition, which is subtraction. If they are given the equation ? + 14 = 26, they can use 26 – 14 = ? to find the missing addend.
Challenge kids to complete one set of 10 equations every day for a week. Ask them to earn as many stars as possible and maybe even jump to the next difficulty level.
Talk about math during everyday activities to help bridge the gap between the abstract and the concrete.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: addition, algebra
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, part-whole relationships
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: August 10, 2017
- Category: Education
- Size: 91.00 MB
- Publisher: Little 10 Robot, LLC
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
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