MathGames

Website review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Adaptive-learning resource great for play and practice.

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age 8+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn math skills ranging from basic counting and number sense to algebra and statistics. The games challenge kids to apply these skills in unique settings, and the interactive questions are an excellent way to practice and prepare for assessments. Games are customized depending on a player's mastery of a skill set and level of experience. Parents can easily view a child's progress and identify areas of strength and weakness. Feedback is brief -- either positive praise or encouragement to keep trying for incorrect answers. MathGames isn't a stand-alone instructional tool, but it's an excellent resource for supporting curriculum.

Positive Messages

Kids receive positive encouragement for both correct, incorrect answers.

Violence & Scariness

Some games feature characters zapped by electricity, but this is cartoonishly presented with no blood, gore.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MathGames is a free, comprehensive resource that includes games and interactive questions to test kids' mastery of numerous math skills. Simply provide an email address to sign up for access to five interactive games, numerous standards-aligned questions, and an amazing progress-reporting system. After creating an account, parents can provide kids with access by creating classes and adding students; as few as one class with one student can be created. Apart from some characters getting zapped by electricity, there's no objectionable content or violence.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byMalcolm B. October 21, 2016

Engaging, but disappointing

I am an Early Start educator. I use this website in my class for my advanced readers. This is a questionable website that focuses on number sense and mathematic... Continue reading
Adult Written bySamantha B. October 9, 2016

Great Resource!

MathGames is a great resource for students, families, and teachers. This interactive website aligns with CCSS for all grade levels. Teachers can use MathGames t... Continue reading

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What's it about?

MATHGAMES includes an interactive set of games and assessment-style questions that are aligned with Common Core standards. Skill levels range from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Parents, caregivers, and teachers can sign up for a free account by entering an email address and then adding classes and students. Kids can then access assignments by logging in with a username and password. Users can search the games and interactive questions to create assignments, and searches can be filtered by grade, skills, or Common Core standards. When kids log into their student accounts and complete assignments, progress reports are automatically generated.

Is it any good?

The designers of this math-centric site have done a fine job of creating a content-rich locale packed with learning opportunities that align to Common Core standards. The games are fun and engaging, and the interactive questions zero in on important math skills that most kids need to master to succeed academically. Parents can easily create targeted assignments, and kids can view their progress. It's an excellent resource for parents who want to support and/or extend learning at home. But there are two main issues with the site. First, there's very little feedback for incorrect answers, so some kids won't clearly understand why their answers are wrong. Second, there's no real instruction or videos helping newcomers walk through what needs to be done to set up new accounts or navigate the site, which can delay engagement with its content. But for users looking to supplement the math they're learning in school, MathGames teaches and entertains with lots of amusing content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about a schedule for practicing math using the site. Do you know why you should limit your time on the site and practice with a pen and paper? Discuss screen-time limits with your kids.

  • View the progress reports to identify any areas that need improvement. Can you identify what you need help with? What are your favorite math concepts?

Website details

  • Subjects: Math: addition, algebra, counting, division, equations, estimation, fractions, geometry, graphing, measurement, money, multiplication, numbers, patterns, probability, ratio, statistics, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, part-whole relationships, problem solving, thinking critically
    Self-Direction: academic development
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free

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