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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sushi Monster is an entertaining and challenging math app from Scholastic. Kids practice addition and multiplication skills by feeding the monster numbered plates of sushi, creating a number sentence to arrive at the monster's requested number. Correct answers earn kids points, stars, and trophies; choose the wrong sushi, and the monster throws a temper tantrum. The target skills increase in difficulty with each new level. Players can pause the game and tap the question mark to find a helpful strategy hint for each level. The app does not offer profiles for multiple children, and does not give detailed feedback on missed problems.
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What's it about?
Kids playing Sushi Monster work in reverse to solve addition and multiplication problems. Each round begins with a set of target numbers. The chef puts numbered plates of sushi on the counter, and kids must choose the correct combination of plates to meet the target, thereby feeding the sushi monster. If correct, the monster gobbles up the sushi. If incorrect, watch out! Kids unlock the next level by hitting all 14 target numbers. Players get all new numbers when replaying the levels. The app is part of a math fluency program from Scholastic.
Is it any good?
SUSHI MONSTER is a fun and effective way to practice addition and multiplication. The clever concept makes the app feel less like schoolwork and more like play. Colorful, cartoony monsters and great sound effects add to the playful vibe. Outbursts from the monsters are more thrilling than scary and increase the engagement factor.
When kids miss a problem, the app doesn't show them what they could've done differently to reach a correct answer. Sushi Monster offers a helpful strategy tip for each level to assist frustrated players, but it is a bit hard to find. And players might very well get frustrated, because the difficulty level ramps up quite a bit between levels. Still, even with a few shortcomings this fun, free app is great math practice and worth checking out.
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- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Math: addition, multiplication
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, problem solving, strategy
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 5, 2016
- Category: Education
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 103.00 MB
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Version: 1.7.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1.1 or later
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