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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Operation Math: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Speed Drills & Practice Test – Arithmetic Games for Kids helps kids build fluency in any of the four main mathematical operations. By completing the missions and earning uniforms and watches, kids help stop Dr. Odd from eliminating all of the world's even numbers. Kids can choose to work on problems with one operation, two operations, or all four operations. They also can use the practice mode, which tracks consecutive correct answers and helps prepare kids for the missions. The timed missions and practice sessions are an excellent way for kids to practice and build fluency. They will enjoy the unique spy-themed games, which are a refreshing change from typical flash card drills.
What's it about?
Kids start OPERATION MATH by either training or attempting a mission. Training is a practice mode to help kids prepare for the missions. There are three difficulty levels, and consecutive correct answers are tracked. When kids choose a new mission, they select an operation to work with, listen to a description of the mission, and solve equations with speed and accuracy. Kids unlock new missions as they play and earn rewards for best training runs.
Is it any good?
Operation Math: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Speed Drills & Practice Test – Arithmetic Games for Kids puts a clever twist on arithmetic drills. There are more than 100 missions that address three skill levels, so the games work well for a range of abilities. Kids can select missions by operation and by skill level, so practice can be customized. Although they're a necessary part of building fluency, math drills are typically boring and monotonous. However, the spy-themed missions and rewards are fun and will help engage kids. Since there's no instruction or detailed feedback, the games are best for practicing skills kids have already learned.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
- Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, division, multiplication, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization
Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting
- Price: $.99-$2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid (Versions of the app are available for Android and iPad for $2.99. An iPhone-compatible version is also available for $.99.)
- Release date: August 7, 2014
- Category: Education
- Size: 51.10 MB
- Publisher: Spinlight Studio
- Version: 1.9
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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