Motion Math: Hungry Fish
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the math game Motion Math: Hungry Fish helps kids learn and strengthen mental math skills in addition and subtraction. It's designed for a wide range of grade levels, and with several games and difficulty levels it can give kids years of practice as their math skills grow. More than one player can register, and difficulty levels can be changed so multiple kids can play without affecting other players' progress or scores.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
Engagement, Approach, Support
The game’s pace is quick and requires little time to get started. Its clean and colorful design doesn't compete with or distract from the number bubbles, which is the most important content on-screen.
Touch-and-combine interaction reinforces addition concepts. Kids without concrete experience in subtraction may stumble with combining positive and negative numbers to subtract. Immediate feedback helps.
A quick tutorial shows kids how to play. The game is responsive to kids' performance and advances them to harder levels as they improve. The Parent Guide explains the game but doesn't suggest extension activities.
What's it about?
Kids combine two or more number bubbles to create a number a hungry fish wants to eat. To subtract, kids combine positive and negative numbers. Levels of difficulty vary by speed and what the fish wants, and leveling up depends on how fast the fish grows. In Caves games, a Mad Fish eats wrong answers and endangers the hungry fish. Rewards include points and options to customize the fish. To change the difficulty level, pause any game or visit the options area.
Is it any good?
The touch, drag, and combine actions in MOTION MATH: HUNGRY FISH act similarly to the ways in which kids learn with number cubes. They'll like the immediate feedback they get, too, as the fish responds to getting enough correct number-bubble combinations. It won't take long for kids to learn which numbers combine to create what the fish wants; if there’s a floating 12 and the fish wants a 5, listen for them to say, "Come on, negative 7!" The game promotes memorization of number combinations, which is a key factor in mathematical fluency. It’s an excellent practice tool but does not cover how number symbols represent concrete amounts. (Hungry Guppy, for younger kids, does that).
A few features help gauge kids' learning. Each game is timed so that if the fish is not fed enough, he shrinks until he -- and the player -- no longer survives. Once kids learn to make correct combinations, there are two ways to advance: If they're speedy about feeding the fish what it wants so it grows really big pronto, kids automatically win the level and advance to the next hardest one. If a player’s pace allows the fish to survive the level but not grow really big, lots of correct number bubbles appear as a reward and to end the level.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the variety of ways they use math on a daily basis.
Make a "math machine." In a spreadsheet, enter an addition or subtraction formula into a cell in Column C. Have kids experiment by entering positive and negative numbers in the same row in columns A and B.
Practice offline with cubes and number lines.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone|
|Release date:||November 14, 2013|
|Topics:||Numbers and letters|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 6.1 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up|