Review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2014
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5th Grade Math Planet – Fun Math Game Curriculum

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Practice and build fluency with engaging games and fact drills

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking

Subjects
  • Math
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
4-5
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Pros: Fun mini-activities and drills build comprehension and fluency; kids can track their progress with an easy-to-use, comprehensive tracking tool.

Cons: Hints and feedback are lacking, so kids need prior knowledge of fifth-grade math skills.

Bottom Line: A fun, engaging practice tool that targets important fifth-grade math skills.

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, as you progress from one planet to the next, you'll find that the activities demand increasingly advanced skills. 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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5th 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 rational numbers and equivalent fractions on a number line, compare numbers, multiply, divide, partition shapes, calculate elapsed time, add and subtract angles, and more. Kids earn coins and stars for correct answers, and as they progress, the activities become more difficult. 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 parts and wholes, add and subtract fractions, place values in decimals, 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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The game addresses several Common Core standards and teaches kids about multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, angles, shapes, place value, elapsed time, and number sense. 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 number line activity, kids start by identifying individual fractions. Then, they identify equivalent fractions and sums of fractions on the number line. 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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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

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?

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?

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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Creative App for fractions

I liked the game. I found it very engaging. The games were not repetitive. It cover many fraction topic: identifying, adding, estimating. There is also a math facts section where skills can be tested and tracked. The student earns coins and can buy new avatars and planets.

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