How I Use It
This is a great app for reinforcing multiple ways of making the same number. In the Common Core Curriculum for grade 1, almost the entire first module for Grade 1 is spent exploring different ways to make the same number using both addition and subtraction. Hungry Fish is an extremely fun way to practice this concept. I also love this game, because all levels look the same and children working at lower levels feel good that they are playing the same game as everyone else. The only thing I would like them to change is the ability to add a class list so that children can log in as themselves and return to the same level of play they got up to the last time they played the game.
Motion Math Hungry Fish has 6 different game modes...Wave Reef Addition, Shell Reef Subtraction, Kelp Reef Negatives, Blue Cave Addition, Red Cave Subtraction and Green Cave Negatives. In each mode, the Hungry Fish needs to eat numbers that add up to his special number. Bubbles with numbers float into the screen and the player needs to find two or more numbers that add up to the Hungry Fish's number. As it eats the sums, the Hungry Fish gets larger and larger! The difference between the cave and reef modes of addition, subtraction and negatives is that in the cave versions there are angry fish who eats all of the wrong answers. If the angry fish gets larger than the hungry fish, the angry fish eats the hungry fish! In the cave versions there is definitely incentive to get the answers correct! What I love about these games is that you can very quickly (in like a second) change the level of play by hitting the pause button and sliding the difficulty slider up or down. The children also love earning colors and having the option of changing the color of the fish. Depending on the level or mode you choose to play, these games can either be a fun, unrushed practice session or very fast paced challenging game! I even have fun playing the higher levels! Playing these games really increases math fluency!