Skills covered in the Planet activities are not neatly organized by content, so take some time to review the activities and identify skills kids need to practice. The first planet, for example, includes activities that cover number sense, addition strategies, and telling time. You should find that, as you progress from one planet to the next, skills become more advanced. Have kids complete a level as practice or reinforcement and assess their results using the Skill Tracker. Kids should work independently, but they can take turns and share devices, since the game accommodates multiple users. Use Math Facts activities for building fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.Continue reading Show less
Kids choose from two main options for play: Math Facts and Planet mini-activities. In Math Facts, they can choose addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division to complete a set of grade-appropriate drills as quickly and accurately as possible. As kids play, drills get increasingly more difficult. In Planet mini-activities, more than 30 levels are spread across five planets. Kids work on a variety of skills and activities with different themes. For example, in one Planet 1 mini-activity, kids count trains to work on number sense skills; in another, they spin an analog clock to practice telling time. A progress-tracking program shows kids' scores as percentiles and as percent correct. Kids are motivated as they earn points and stars, which they can use to unlock avatars. A free, condensed Android version of the game covers content for grades 2 through 8.
Content areas in 2nd Grade Math Planet, which addresses a handful of Common Core math standards, include addition, subtraction, number sense, place value, estimation, geometry, and telling time. The game features Planet mini-activities; kids have to complete a level within a planet to get to the next level. Solid learning progression is evident throughout the game, even within the mini-activities. For example, in one mini-activity, kids start by counting jellybeans, identify which table has more jellybeans, and then drag jellybeans to finish addition and subtraction number sentences. The game also features a Math Facts section, in which kids choose a specific topic and then race to complete drills with speed and accuracy. Although no feedback is provided for incorrect answers, the game is a highly effective tool for practicing and building fluency in essential math skills.
Key Standards Supported
Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces.5 Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.
Number And Operations In Base Ten
Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.2 By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.
Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.
Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns; write an equation to express the total as a sum of equal addends.
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