How I Use It
I found the Fetch! Lunch Rush app when I was working on developing an augmented reality project for my second/third grade class, and I was so glad that I did! This app incorporates augmented reality into an engaging addition and subtraction math facts hunt in our classroom. Download the app to iPods or iPads to start. Download a set of ten game pieces (labeled from 1-10) from the app, print them, and then place them around your classroom. To make it more interesting, I hid them in odd places, like taped to the bottom of desks or tables. When my students came into the classroom, we would set our devices to the correct operation and level of problem. You can find information on this at the information icon on the app. Then we were literally off and running! The app gives each student a problem to solve, and the child (or pair of children) have to search the room for the answer. When found, students use the camera through the app to look at the piece. The AR scan brings up that number of "sushi" on their screen, which they tap to add to their collection on the device. The kids love this! The play involved made the time/effort involved so worth it! The challenges I found were that I had to be certain all devices were in working order (charged, etc). Our iPods were hard to keep charged, since they were well-loved over several years. The only other challenge was that the excitement level was high, which meant that the noise level went up. I just made certain that we played when I knew we wouldn't be disturbing a quiet project in the neighboring classroom. Another solution I found was to set the game up outside. Our batteries gave most of us about 20 minutes of play, which was a good amount. As batteries gave out, I just let those students team with another student until time was up.
The Fetch! Lunch Rush app is an amazing teaching tool. It provides a unique way for my students to get math facts practice. Extra practice translates into better math facts fluency for my students. This app is not intended to develop deep understanding of math concepts, but as a way to gain math fluency Fetch! Lunch Rush fills the bill. This app can be part of your teaching "toolkit", used in conjunction with other fluency-building activities. Your kids will love it!