Just in time for back-to-school: New distance learning resources are available on Wide Open School.
You can use Mystery Math Museum as a fun game for your students to practice arithmetic. The app offers unlimited user profiles, which makes it ideal for use even on a shared device. The game is most useful when customized to cover specific operations and ranges of numbers, so you'll want to show students how to set options on their own profiles (or set options for students yourself). A down side is that the app doesn't save data that would let students and teachers track progress.Continue reading Show less
Mystery Math Museum provides students with practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with numbers up to 50. Kids explore the rooms of museums to collect numbers; they then use these numbers to complete math equations to move from room to room. For example, you might collect the numbers 3, 4, 6, and 7, and have to complete the equation ___ + ___ = 10. When you correctly complete an equation, you can move to the next room in the museum. One of the best parts is that the game is customizable –- you can select the operations and ranges of numbers that will be used in equations in the game.
Each museum has a different theme, and within each museum, each room has a different theme. The complexity of the math covered increases with each level, and the different themes keep the game interesting and different. Every room is full of surprises -- for example, there are many items in each room that make funny sound effects when tapped. There are eight different museums with different themes, so it’s not a game that kids will finish too quickly.
Kids can learn addition, subtraction, and multiplication as well as algebraic thinking as they solve reverse math problems. Kids see the answer and the operation along with a variety of numbers, and they choose which numbers get their answer. Often, the equations have more than one correct answer, which helps to reinforce the concepts of fluency and equivalency. It is good for students who mostly understand the math concepts already, but it will be less helpful for students who struggle. When students answer a question incorrectly, there is no feedback other than letting them know the answer was incorrect. Students have three “lifelines” to skip difficult problems, but after those run out there is no further support.
Key Standards Supported
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.2
Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract.3 Examples: If 8 + 3 = 11 is known, then 3 + 8 = 11 is also known. (Commutative property of addition.) To add 2 + 6 + 4, the second two numbers can be added to make a ten, so 2 + 6 + 4 = 2 + 10 = 12. (Associative property of addition.)
Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. For example, subtract 10 – 8 by finding the number that makes 10 when added to 8.
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.
Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7.
Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5. Represent verbal statements of multiplicative comparisons as multiplication equations.