Middle School Math Planet – Fun math game curriculum for kids

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Engaging mix of practice and drills covering key concepts.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn and build fluency in core content areas including number sense, estimation, fractions and mixed numbers, decimals, geometry, multiplication, and division. The game features mini-activities within each planet, and kids have to complete a level within a planet to get to the next level. Scaffolding is implemented throughout the game, even within the mini-activities. For example, in a number-line mini-activity, the game starts out with each interval labeled on the number line. As kids progress through the activity, the labels disappear and kids have to use visual clues and estimation. The game also features a Math Facts section. Kids choose a specific topic and then race to complete drills with both speed and accuracy. Hints and feedback for incorrect answers are lacking, but Middle School Math Planet – Fun math game curriculum is a very good tool for practicing key math skills. 

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 is information on the Math Facts page and Skill Tracker page. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Middle School Math Planet - Fun math game curriculum for multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, algebra, place value, angles, and more! is a game kids can use to practice and build fluency in core math skills. Kids can either complete mini-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. The comprehensive tracking program is excellent for monitoring kids' progress. A condensed, free Android version of the game covers content for grades 2 through 8. 

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What's it about?

The two main options for play in MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH PLANET are 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?

Middle School Math Planet – Fun math game curriculum for multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, algebra, place value, angles, and more! has a wide variety of challenging activities that promote a conceptual understanding of math, as well as drill-style problems to help build fluency. The different styles of questions and themes are fun and engaging, and the Skill Tracker program is comprehensive and easy to use. It's helpful that 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 be a welcome addition to the game. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of practicing regularly. Encourage kids to use the Math Facts option at least once each week to build fluency. 

  • After kids finish a Planet level, review the Skill Tracker and have kids repeat any activities they struggled with. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, division, equations, estimation, fractions, geometry, multiplication, numbers, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, part-whole relationships, thinking critically
    Self-Direction: academic development, working efficiently
  • Price: Free-$4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Release date: July 3, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 126.00 MB
  • Publisher: Playpower Labs
  • Version: 1.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later

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