Since the challenge progresses as kids master a concept, you can use Moose Math to reach all levels of math learners in the classroom. Some kids can work on counting by 1s while others move on to 2s or 5s. Those who've mastered counting can move on to addition. Past concepts are still thrown into the practice to keep kids' skills sharp and recheck for understanding. Multiple user accounts on each device mean you can use it in a 1-to-1 classroom or a one-iPad classroom as well. Use the skills assessment report to get a snapshot of performance to help guide individualized instruction.Continue reading Show less
In Moose Math - by Duck Duck Moose, five math mini-games come together in a little town that kids get to help build by choosing building facades and accessories to place in the town. Kids enter Moose Juice, the smoothie shop, to practice counting, addition, and subtraction. They go to the Pet Shop to play Pet Bingo, where they'll work more on counting, addition, and subtraction, or to play Paint Pet, where they'll match animals by counting dots. Then they can visit the Lost & Found store to sort shapes and colors and work on geometry, or to play dot-to-dot where they'll count by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. As they complete each level, they'll get to add another feature to their town. Reports show which skills kids have mastered and which they need more work on.
The verbal cues are easy for kids to follow and can help kids with listening and following instructions. Kids work toward a goal -- building their town -- as they complete the mini-games. Kids are given choices at many points throughout play, so they're empowered to direct their learning.
The activities in Moose Math are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for kindergarten math and engage kids with activities tied loosely together by a story. Kids are empowered with the choices they have in what to add to their town. The mini-games get kids thinking mathematically, though some of the cute characters, namely the dust bunnies, seem an odd fit for the town. Kids are unlikely to give that a second thought, though.
Kids will learn to count using the objects (like fruit or dots or gems) as manipulatives. They'll also use objects as manipulatives to practice addition and subtraction. As kids work through the math problems, they physically add or take away objects to solve the problem, but they also see the equation written out, so they can associate the practice with the form of the equation. Kids also learn to count by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. As they listen to follow the verbal instructions, kids will learn to pay attention to directions.
Adult controls on the screen keep kids out of the assessment reports and the gallery of other apps. Some of the hints and feedback could be more helpful, but most are well-done. Overall, Moose Math is a fun way for kids to get some practice with early math 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
Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings2, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g., 5 = 2 + 3 and 5 = 4 + 1).
For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record the answer with a drawing or equation.
Fluently add and subtract within 5.