Common Sense Review
Updated October 2014

3rd Grade Math Planet – Fun Math Game Curriculum

Fun practice tool features games, drills, and progress tracking
Common Sense Rating 4
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  • Kids have to unlock a level to move on to the next one.
  • Kids practice number sense with a fun number line activity.
  • Kids compare numbers in this mini-activity.
  • In this activity, kids multiply using jellybeans arranged in arrays.
  • Math Fact drills help kids build fluency.
Fun mini-activities and drills build comprehension and fluency; kids can track their progress with an easy-to-use, comprehensive tracking tool.
Hints and feedback are lacking, so kids need prior knowledge of third-grade math skills.
Bottom Line
A fun, engaging practice tool that targets important third-grade math skills.
Debbie Gorrell
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

The mini-activities have variety and get more challenging as kids play, making the learning experience quite engaging.  

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

The built-in adaptive learning tool automatically adjusts to kids' skill levels. Hints and feedback could improve the learning experience. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

The Skill Tracker gives a comprehensive view of kids' progress and areas of strengths and weaknesses. The mini-activities have clear, concise instructions and include brief tutorial animations. 

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How Can Teachers Use It?

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. 

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What's It Like?

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.   


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Is It Good For Learning?

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. 

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