Use myBlee Math in the classroom for instructional support and targeted practice. After introducing a new concept, have kids complete the first level of a standards-aligned lesson. Come together as a class and review students' results. Once kids have gotten a passing score on the first level, have them move on to the next level. Continue until all levels in the lesson have been mastered. You can use the progress tracking system to assign additional work and review as needed.Continue reading Show less
myBlee is a math practice and tutorial app for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. First, users set up an account (using an email address, username, and grade level), then kids can launch straight into the lessons and step-by-step instructions. They can scroll through the lesson icons and select the one they wish to complete. Each lesson consists of six levels, with brief instruction followed by a set of questions. Kids can repeat lessons, but they have to complete a lesson in order to move on to the next one. After answering a question using either the pencil tool or a touchscreen feature, kids tap a check mark to find out whether they answered correctly. They receive positive reinforcement for correct answers, and a detailed review for incorrect answers. A parent section includes access to progress reports, settings, account information, and a list of suggested lessons for kids.
Kids can learn and practice a variety of math concepts, depending in their selected grade level. Concepts include number sense, arithmetic with the four operations, measurement, fractions, decimals, and working with number lines and graphs. Each level within a lesson starts with a short instructional component, and then kids have to answer a series of questions. The question format varies; for example, some are drag-and-drop and others are fill-in-the-blank, which helps prepare kids for formal assessments. Kids earn puzzle pieces for completing levels, which they can use in the prize area to complete jigsaw puzzles. They also earn badges and trophies for their accomplishments.
myBlee does a lot of things right: It's chock-full of Common Core-aligned lessons and lots of step-by-step instructions. What sets it apart is the progress tracking. The feedback for incorrect answers is excellent, and parents or teachers can get instant reports on kids' progress and help connect kids to additional lessons and instructions. Even without that input from adults, the questions adjust depending on past performance, making this an especially adaptive, encouraging tool for kids to level-up their math knowledge. While the in-app purchases can get spendy and the audio can be distractingly robotic, these drawbacks are minor compared the high value of such customized targeted practice. Overall, this is a super helpful way to support students' math progress.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
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).
Measurement And Data
Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement.
Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.
Number And Operations In Base Ten
Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones. Understand the following as special cases:
Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones. Understand the following as special cases:
Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Number And Operations—Fractions
Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.)
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).
Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.2 By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.
Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.
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