Review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated June 2015
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Motion Math: Match

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Highly interactive, fast-paced game builds fact fluency

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking

Subjects
  • Math
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
1-6
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Pros: Lots of levels and a fun theme provide kids with plenty of engaging math practice.

Cons: Although kids can see which levels they've completed, a more comprehensive progress tracker could help identify areas of weakness.

Bottom Line: An innovative, strangely addictive way for kids to practice fundamental math skills.

Use Motion Math: Match in the classroom for individual practice. Once kids are fairly comfortable performing a given mathematical operation, offer them an opportunity at the start or end of a lesson or assignment to play the game. Guide kids to select a level that aligns to their abilities, and challenge them to advance to a higher level if possible. If sharing devices, kids can take turns since the game accommodates an apparently unlimited number of multiple users. This tool is also a great way for kids to review and practice math facts before taking an assessment.

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To begin, kids select an operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division) and then choose a challenge level: beginner, medium, challenging, or impossible. A grid of tiles appears, and kids have to tap tiles that have the same value to make matches. Tiles may contain individual numbers or mathematical expressions (like 12 x 3, 18 + 20, and so on). Once kids tap matching tiles, the tiles disappear and new ones are displayed. Sometimes kids will have to tap up to four tiles at once; in other levels, kids can drag tiles on top of each other to combine them (like dragging 5 to 1 and getting a 6 tile) and then use the resulting tile in a later match (like matching the 6 with 2 x 3). As kids make matches, a curtain goes up and they win the level. But if they take too much time, the curtain falls and the game ends. Kids can earn "goal tile" rewards, like sea creatures and robots, for completing five levels in a row. Kids can create an unlimited number of user accounts, and they can view a gallery of the goal tiles they've earned for each user account.

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As they play Motion Math: Match, kids practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts, and the game is aligned to a handful of Common Core State Standards. The game is all about speed, and that's a good thing: Since kids have to race against time, the game is an excellent way to practice mental math and build fact fluency. Levels for each operation range from beginner to impossible, and kids can easily tailor the experience to get exactly the challenge they want. The game is also nicely adaptive: If you combine tiles to create new numbers, the game will eventually give you tiles that match the tile you created -- a nice feature that means it's easy to recover from a mistake.

That being said, it would be even better if kids could track their progress or target their efforts more strategically; better built-in progress tracking or leveling would help kids methodically level up and build their skills across all four core operations. Kids can see that they've spent time at each level of difficulty for each mathematical operation, but there's no clear indication of their progress in a way that connects to the classroom. As it is, it's neat that kids can earn rewards for their gallery along the way, but it would be better if those objects reflected more specific achievements rather than just a lot of time spent in the app. Overall, this is a fun and engaging way to practice -- just look elsewhere for more detailed feedback on your students' progress.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Tapping to make matches while racing against time is strangely addictive. Completing levels is rewarding and will make kids want to keep playing and challenging themselves.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Four challenge levels appeal to a range of abilities. The game gets faster as kids progress, which encourages them to build fact fluency. An untimed option might be useful for kids who are just learning their math facts.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Brief-but-great tutorials (only in English) show kids how to make matches. Better progress tracking or help would be welcome improvements.


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Kathy V. , Technology coordinator
Technology coordinator
Math fact practice lots of fun

This is a great tool for practice, and bringing facts to fluency. There is no instruction involved so students need to have a foundation in the skill before they can practice. The game gets quite fast so students with anxiety may not like this game. This is not intended for whole class use so we need to reset the game for the individual players, that may be a consideration if the developer is looking for ways to improve.

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