The game is a fun way for kids to work on fundamental math concepts while improving their visual and motor skills. Choose a level of difficulty that best suits kids' abilities and have them complete the level individually. Challenge kids to work fast to build fluency, but remind them to be as accurate as possible. Have kids share their scores and create a class leaderboard. Return to the same level until most kids earn a score of at least 80%, and then move on to the next level. You could differentiate instruction by allowing kids to advance levels on their own and track their progress using the app's built-in activity log.Continue reading Show less
The game is easy to navigate and has voice-over instructions to guide kids through different stages of gameplay. Kids start by choosing either Make Equal Dots or Compare Dots. Each option includes four levels, from beginner to expert. As kids start to play, a voice command tells them what value to make, and the timer begins. Kids have to manipulate dots to complete the challenge, and are rewarded with fun animations and sounds. If they're fast enough, kids can earn bonus dots. Each challenge is scored and timed, and data is easily cleared for repeated play.
Kids boost math and critical-thinking skills in a game that addresses several Common Core math standards. As they solve problems, kids learn about comparing numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction. Two main options are offered: Make Equal Dots and Compare Dots. In Make Equal Dots, kids are given several dots ranging in size and color, and have to drag and combine dots to make equal sets of dots. In Compare Dots, kids are given two sets of dots, one on each side of the screen. They combine dots to visualize, compare, and determine which set represents the larger value. At the beginner levels, dots include four attributes: numerals, smaller mini-dots, color, and size. These attributes help kids determine the value of the dots. For example, a yellow 4-dot is smaller than the 5-dot, and includes the numeral 4 and four mini-dots on its face. Younger kids can count dots to add or subtract, eventually figuring out that larger dots represent larger values and smaller dots represent smaller values. As the difficulty level increases, attributes are removed from the dots. At the Expert level, only colors are given. Older kids can use more advanced addition and subtraction strategies, along with speed, to earn bonus dots. Dexteria Dots 2 is an excellent tool for building math fluency and fine motor skills.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.1
Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–20, count out that many objects.
Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).
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.
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