Math Vs Zombies - Math Games Grade K - 5

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Players battle creepy-cute undead in engaging practice app.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn math facts and practice math computation skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division from the basics to multiple-digit operations. First graders can turn zombies into humans by solving addition problems with almost guaranteed success; the first game has +0 and +1 facts only and each level advances to include those facts and builds in two or three more fact families. Older kids (and adults!) will find the hard levels to be challenging as it requires mental math to solve the problems quickly. From first graders learning simple math facts to older elementary students doing more complex math, Math Vs Zombies is part skill application and part arcade game that will keep kids coming back.

 

Ease of Play

Math Vs Zombies is intuitive to play. Kids select a level (easy, medium, or hard) and play through seven levels of each basic mathematical operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), which progress incrementally. Kids touch numbers on the screen to answer questions, zap zombies with a lightning-bolt button on the right of the screen, or correct mistakes with a left "clear" button. Kids can exit the game at any time and return to the point where they left off. Levels can be reset at any time.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon zombies get zapped with lightning bolts each time you enter a correct math solution, restoring each zombie into a human child. Kids hear lightning-bolt noises as they shoot zombies.

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The "Graveyard Season" is available as a $0.99 in-app purchase.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that with Math Vs Zombies, kids can practice math skills from basic operations through multi-digit multiplication and division in a series of entertaining worlds. Starting with simple math at the easy level, the approach of zombie cartoon characters on the screen lends a sense of anticipation and excitement that may encourage kids to practice math facts and computation in an electronic format. The difficulty levels make this game appealing to kids from first grade through sixth, as basic facts at the easy levels are taken to multiple-digit problems, including regrouping at the hard level. The app is accessible by nonreaders and intuitive to play. Kids with low vision will find it difficult to see math problems on the screen, especially on smartphones or iPods.

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What's it about?

Choose a level (easy, medium, hard) and play seven games in each world of addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. In each world, kids solve a series of math problems. When zombies appear (with creepy music), players solve each zombie's math problem by choosing a number on the touchscreen and then zapping that zombie with a lightning bolt. In the seventh game at each level, the zombies each carry four math problems that have to be solved to complete the game. Winning each level unlocks the next. You can repeat levels as many times as you want. The creepy/cute characters and the ominous music add an appeal to a game that's essentially a fun way to practice math.

Is it any good?

MATH VS ZOMBIES is a fun way to reinforce learning with practice in a format that appeals to kids. The cartoon graphics and music add to the entertainment factor. It's easy to use, and the draw of zombies is attractively mainstream. Kids may stay on task longer because it's fun to zap the zombies. Kids with basic addition skills all the way up to older kids will be challenged at one of the three  levels.

Each level has a time limit, which will be exciting for some kids but stressful for others. Incorrect answers make the control panel flash red. If the time limit runs down, kids can restart the level and try again. As long as they're not intimidated by the time constraints of this app, it could be a fun way to practice math skills either alone or with friends or family members.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Young to mid-elementary-age kids can benefit from skills practices in Math Vs Zombies by using math in everyday life, from setting the table to grocery shopping for multiples of items and preparing school lunches.

  • Practice mental math skills such as those in the game -- for example, by computing distances during long trips: "It's 115 miles to Grandma's house. We've gone 35 miles. How many more miles do we have to go?"

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