The mini-activities are not organized by content, so you'll need to spend time reviewing the activities before using them in the classroom. Luckily, you'll find that the skill level advances as kids progress from one planet to the next, so it's fairly straightforward to assign kids to move through the planets consecutively. You could use the game as a pre-assessment in the beginning of the year, and then as a mid-year and final assessment. Kids should work independently, but they can take turns and share devices since the game accommodates multiple users. Have kids complete one set of planet activities at a time. Use the Math Facts activities for building fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.Continue reading Show less
3rd Grade Math Planet – Fun Math Game Curriculum for Kids is a comprehensive practice tool with more than 30 levels of games and plenty of math fact drills. The mini-activities range in theme and include challenges that require kids to identify numbers on a number line, compare numbers, count and multiply groups of jelly beans, identify time on an analog clock, partition shapes, and more. Kids earn coins and stars for correct answers, and the activities become more difficult as they progress. The Math Facts problems are typical drills that require speed and accuracy. Kids can choose to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. The Skill Tracker feature provides a graphical display of kids' performance in specific content areas such as counting and skip counting, fractions on a number line, patterns in a multiplication table, and much more.
The game accommodates multiple player profiles, making it easy to share devices in the classroom. The Android version offers free, limited gameplay for grades 2 through 8. Addtional grade-level curriculum can be purchased.
The game addresses several Common Core standards and teaches kids about addition, subtraction, place value, fractions, decimals, multiplication, division, telling time, and geometry. Kids can access mini-activities that cover a range of topics within each "Planet," and they must complete a level within a planet to get to the next level. Difficulty increases as kids play, even within a single mini-activity. For example, in a jelly bean activity, kids start by counting jelly beans. As they progress, kids multiply using jelly beans arranged in arrays. In the Math Fact section, kids focus on building fact fluency. They choose a mathematical operation and then try to complete drills as quickly and accurately as possible. Kids don't receive feedback for incorrect answers; adding more features for feedback and progress tracking by a teacher or parent would add even more value to this worthwhile tool. Ultimately, this app is best suited to targeted practice rather than full curriculum support.
Key Standards Supported
Partition shapes into parts with equal areas. Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole. For example, partition a shape into 4 parts with equal area, and describe the area of each part as 1/4 of the area of the shape.
Number And Operations In Base Ten
Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.
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