Sushi Monster

 
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Learning(i)

Clever and challenging addition and multiplication practice.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Sushi Monster is easy to learn and intuitive to play. The instructions are clear but text only, so reading is required. Each level increases in difficulty, and the difficulty ramps up pretty quickly from level to level. The helpful tip for each level might be easily missed.

Violence & scariness

Sushi Monster's cartoony characters have pointy teeth and scary faces. When kids choose incorrectly, the monster makes an angry face, growls, and throws the plates of sushi back onto the sushi counter.

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Consumerism

Kids will see a link to learn about Scholastic’s FASST Math program on both the title and menu screens of Sushi Monster. If they continue to click, they'll end up out of the app and on the Scholastic website.

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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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • multiplication

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • problem solving
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Sushi Monster draws kids in with a silly, fun premise, and the fast-paced math helps keep kids engaged.

Learning Approach

Though kids can pause the play and get help on problems, there is no instruction or explanation of incorrect answers. It's all about drill and speed.

Support

Inability to save progress for multiple players or to view results from each level limits the opportunity for reflective learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • multiplication

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • problem solving
  • strategy

Kids can learn to quickly recall math facts with Sushi Monster's addition and multiplication activities, a skill they'll need to advance to higher-level math. Kids work their way through seven levels of addition problems and five levels of multiplication, earning points, stars, and trophies along the way. The lack of guiding feedback for incorrect answers as well as the ramp-up in difficulty between levels might frustrate some kids, but others will enjoy the challenge. With solid math practice and a clever concept, Sushi Monster offers learning value that far exceeds its $0 price tag.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Encourage kids to pause and tap the question mark to review the addition or multiplication strategy for each level. It's a great feature but easy to miss.

  • Allow kids to check out math websites like Cyberchase and StudyJams!

App details

Device:iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:May 15, 2012
Category:Education
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Size:23.80 MB
Publisher:Scholastic Inc.
Version:1.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Parent Written bymobiletechdad May 25, 2012
 
LEARNING

Sushi Monsters is Really Addictive

I have a 5, 6 and 8 year old and they are always on the family iPad. (We just bought them one to share.) My kids love this app. They even asked me to play some for them to unlock additional monsters. Would love to see more about the monsters. Maybe something like "Where's My Water" which tells a story. I hope they add more levels and more monsters!!!!
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