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If they practice enough, kids will get quicker and better at the four basic math operations, and they can go at their own speeds. Also, if they don't like timed tests, they can practice in an untimed mode. AB Math might be a good break from any existing rote-memorization drills you're using in groups. It could also help reinforce work you're already doing to teach basic math operations.Continue reading Show less
AB Math is a solid and well-organized math app, but that's about it. Students can practice the basics: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, plus Roman numerals and sequential ordering. They can use drills, tables, and a fun game called "Bubbles" and teachers might like being able to register four students on one app. Kids'quiz results are recorded separately by username under the History tab.
Kids can quiz themselves by choosing multiplication table problems or simple calculations on four difficulty levels. In "Calculations" kids practice the four basic math operations and can choose Easy, Medium, Hard, or Expert. They tap numbers to answer sums, or use multiple choice. Kids work multiplication tables in "Tables," but the app's only genuine point of interest is the game "Bubbles." Numbers and sums float by in bubbles, and kids pop them in order of least to greatest. It's clever: Kids are practicing sequencing while solving math problems. "Bubbles" has four levels, four modes (classical, Roman numerals, ABC order, and multiplication), and five bubble styles.
Under the History tab, kids and teachers can view game results including mode, level, score, correct and incorrect answers, date, and time. It's a good way to see how things are progressing and whether it's time to bump up a level, or whether kids should keep practicing certain tables or operations.
Kids can time themselves, too, so a kid could start using this app right when basic math gets introduced and adapt it throughout elementary school. However, AB Math offers little besides the "Bubble" game that's different from traditional rote-memorization techniques. It just sort of transfers them to the screen. Overall, AB Math is a well-organized way for kids to practice math, and the "Bubble" game adds just enough fun to keep kids coming back.
Key Standards Supported
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.
Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10–90 (e.g., 9 × 80, 5 × 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.
Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).
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.
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.