Teachley: Addimal Adventure

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Math swings into action with help from jungle creatures.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn and practice single-digit addition with Teachley: Addimal Adventure. The strategies in the tool round help kids develop a conceptual understanding of addition. Kids can use hints in the speed round if needed, and awarding golden blocks to save a city is a clever way to keep kids engaged. Instant, detailed feedback for incorrect answers and other games that teach the same addition strategies could boost the learning experience and make gameplay a bit more engaging. Teachley: Addimal Adventure is a very good tool for helping kids master single-digit addition. 

Ease of Play

A clean design and kid-friendly tutorials make the app easy to use. 

Violence & Scariness

The story line includes a reference to a city that has been destroyed by an evil villain. 

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

A parent/teacher section includes information and logos from the developer and other collaborating institutions. A pop-up window prompts you to enter an email address to receive promotional information, but it's optional.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Teachley: Addimal Adventure helps kids learn different strategies for adding single-digit numbers. Kids get addition problems and can use an interactive number line to help them solve the problems. Then kids play a speed round wherein they can apply what they've learned and build fluency. As kids answer questions correctly, they earn blocks to help rebuild a city that has been destroyed. 

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What's it about?

By solving single-digit addition problems, kids rebuild a city with help from the jungle addimals. Depending on the strategy they use, kids can earn gold or green blocks. If kids get the answer wrong, they get a red block. After solving seven problems, kids race against the clock to solve 10 more problems. Kids get two chances, with hints if needed. For each correct answer on the first try, kids earn a gold block. They earn green blocks for second-try answers and red blocks for incorrect answers. The gold blocks help rebuild the city and are saved on individual accounts so parents can keep track of which addition facts kids have memorized.

Is it any good?

TEACHLEY: ADDIMAL ADVENTURE is a fun way for kids to practice addition. The jungle characters are cute, and kids will enjoy the clever story line. Giving kids different strategies to use is an excellent way to build comprehension, and the speed round encourages kids to develop strong fluency in single-digit addition. Adding more variety in the tools-round activities could make this fantastic app even better. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ways that addition is important in everyday life. Ask kids to solve real-world problems throughout the day.

  • Have kids draw pictures to model some of the math problems. For example, kids can draw three apples and four apples equaling seven apples to model 3 + 4 = 7

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, counting
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization
    Self-Direction: working efficiently
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 11, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 127.00 MB
  • Publisher: Teachley
  • Version: 2.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later

For kids who love math

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