Math Missions Grades 3-5

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Excellent math game with fun premise.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this math program offers lots of help and adjusts its difficulty levels depending on how the child is performing.

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What's it about?

By helping store clerks in the financially troubled Spectacle City with their real world math problems, kids earn enough money to open their own arcade business in MATH MISSIONS GRADES 3-5. And of course, due diligence requires the owners to play all the arcade games to make sure they are fun!

The game requires that players help every business before they can progress through the game. For example, at the electronics store, kids use their math acumen to help the clerk interpret graphs and charts. Youngsters will also be asked to help with fractions, decimals, money, measurement, patterns, time, geometry, and much more.

Is it any good?

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Scholastic has created a top-notch math game for elementary school children. While the store clerks are uniformly lousy in math, they are nonetheless hip. Kid-testers enjoyed becoming math whiz kids to help these characters. There is much to like about this software on many different levels.

Not only do kids perform real-world math with the store clerks, but they use math reasoning to run their arcade and complete several mini-missions throughout the game. The program provides help in the form of video tutoring, a math glossary, and, where appropriate, on-screen math manipulatives. The difficulty leveling is sophisticated, scrolling up or down depending on how the child is performing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about other real-world applications for the math problem-solving required in the game. When do you think you can use those skills? Families can also discuss their favorite arcade games.

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:$20
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Scholastic
Release date:August 30, 2003
Genre:Educational
ESRB rating:NR for (Mac, Windows)

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Kid, 9 years old October 14, 2009
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