A fun way to use King of Math would be to create a similar theme in the classroom while getting ready to use the worksheets as post-lesson practice tools. Hold a brief class discussion about the characters in the game, such as the farmer, jester, and king. Get kids excited about earning stars and the top character role. Leaderboards can be tracked through Game Center, or you can keep your own class leaderboard. The game accommodates multiple players, so kids can finish chapters independently while sharing devices, if necessary.Continue reading Show less
In this math practice tool set in a virtual society, worksheets are organized by content. Each set of worksheets is called a book, and each book has nine chapters. Kids have to earn a minimum score to unlock a chapter and progress to the next chapter. As kids earn more and more points for correct answers, they earn stars and level up their characters from farmers to more powerful members of the society. Math content included in this fun and motivating theme game ranges from basic addition and subtraction to powers, statistics, and equations.
Users should note that there's an ad at the top of the screen, and players can easily access social media and the app store while playing the game. A free version of the app is available, but it only contains three sets of worksheets, compared to 12 sets in the full (paid) version.
Although the standard "tap the correct answer" strategy is used throughout the game, there's quite a bit of variety in the question types, which is an effective way to challenge kids. Scoring and timing activities work well for building fluency. Overall, the game scores high on content and motivation. The only feedback students get for incorrect answers, however, is a big red X, which isn't helpful for struggling kids who could quickly get lost and feel overwhelmed.
Key Standards Supported
Expressions And Equations
Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form x + p = q and px = q for cases in which p, q and x are all nonnegative rational numbers.
Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
Know the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve problems; give an informal derivation of the relationship between the circumference and area of a circle.
The Number System
Interpret and compute quotients of fractions, and solve word problems involving division of fractions by fractions, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem. For example, create a story context for (2/3) ÷ (3/4) and use a visual fraction model to show the quotient; use the relationship between multiplication and division to explain that (2/3) ÷ (3/4) = 8/9 because 3/4 of 8/9 is 2/3. (In general, (a/b) ÷ (c/d) = ad/bc.) How much chocolate will each person get if 3 people share 1/2 lb of chocolate equally? How many 3/4-cup servings are in 2/3 of a cup of yogurt? How wide is a rectangular strip of land with length 3/4 mi and area 1/2 square mi?