What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Buzzmath (Family Edition) is a well-organized, interactive, middle school math-learning resource with 2,800 problems you can try for free or test-drive for a daily fee. Upon account sign-in, kids are challenged to save Buzz City from math ignorance. Four books titled by grade and standard lead to a list of topics and core-aligned, interactive, quiz-like lessons. Premium subscriptions cost a bit more. Your kids will appreciate the option to retry questions, and the site is visually simple but slick enough to keep them engaged.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- defining problems
- part-whole relationships
Engagement, Approach, Support
This glitzy, interactive, dynamic resource will wow kids with its fantastic design. At the core, though, quiz-like content is still a bit on the dry side.
Lessons go deep, and lots of attention has been given to Common Core alignment. However, fun missions to save Buzz City aren't totally integrated with math content.
Lessons support student learning, but data on the home page is limited. There's audio assistance, which is great for reading-challenged students.
What's it about?
BUZZMATH is a website that gives kids the chance to practice middle school math skills online. Upon account sign-in, kids are briefed with a motivational narrative and challenged to save Buzz City from math ignorance. Four books titled by grade and standard lead to a list of topics and core-aligned, interactive, quiz-like lessons. Content is well organized by standards, grade, and topics such as Patterns and Tables, Fractions, and Equations and Inequalities. Kids select any grade or topic, get to retry questions with new data, and track progress with stars and a personal home page. Kids also retry questions to earn stars on sets of 10 interactive questions.
Is it any good?
Buzzmath wraps solid, easy-to-navigate content in a dynamic package. Relatively standard, dry content is jazzed up by concise, just-in-time explanations, varied question types, calculator and drawing tools, and interactive controls including arrows that move along number lines and dynamic graphing.
A video briefing explains the unfortunate fate of Buzz City: a nefarious presence erased the mathematical knowledge base except for Prof. Bowtie. Kids can choose from 28 diverse creatures and characters to unlock and complete missions (read: improve math knowledge) to restore the city to its previous grandeur. Although these motivational strategies are slightly contrived and not really integrated to the content, they're still fun. The price is a bit of an investment, but Buzzmath is worth it.
Families can talk about...
Help keep your kids excited and motivated by math -- middle school is when things start to get a bit trickier.
Families can talk about how each member uses math in his or her daily life.