Skills covered in the Planet activities aren't organized by content, so you'll need to spend some time playing the game to identify which mini-activities work best with your curriculum. You should find, however, 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 can take turns and share devices, since the game accommodates multiple users. Use Math Facts activities for building fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.Continue reading Show less
Two main options for play include Math Facts and Planet mini-activities. In Math Facts, kids complete a set of grade-appropriate drills as quickly and accurately as possible. 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. A progress-tracking program shows their scores as percentiles and as percent correct. Kids are motivated to earn points and stars, which they can use to unlock avatars. Game includes a lot of interactivity, as kids must constantly tap, drag, or swipe to complete activities. A free, condensed Android version covers content for grades 2 through 8.
4th Grade Math Planet, which addresses a handful of Common Core math standards, is a learning tool that includes engaging mini-activities and fact drills for a well-rounded learning experience. Content areas include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, number sense, place value, estimation, geometry, and measurement. The game features Planet mini-activities, in which kids have to complete a level within a planet to get to the next level. Solid learning progression is evident throughout. For example, in one mini-activity, kids start by dragging fraction bubbles to the correct place on a labeled number line, and end by popping fraction bubbles in ascending order. The game also features a Math Facts section; kids choose a specific topic and race to complete drills with speed and accuracy. Kids occasionally get supportive hints as they play, but no directly accessible hints and feedback for incorrect answers are provided. Nonetheless, the app offers a highly effective tool for learning and practicing a wide variety of key fourth-grade math skills.
Key Standards Supported
Measurement And Data
Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement:
Number And Operations In Base Ten
Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
Find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
Number And Operations—Fractions
Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.