Teacher Review for Mystery Math Town

Awesome for those that don't like math

Donald P.
Classroom teacher
N.F. Woods Advanced Technology and Arts Center
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My Subjects Arts
My Rating
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
You can easily set it to do addition/subtraction/multiplication or any combination of them. You can also set it to being only single digit numbers, or higher number sets as well. For my daughter we have it set to only addition/subtraction problems and only numbers 1-10. Recently, my wife had to remove the app to update her phone and when she reinstalled it, all of my daughters progress had been lost. While she was initially mad as a hornet, she quickly settled down and started to work her way through all over again. Time to complete, I don't know as she has not finished a game yet, but has spent HOURS trying.
My Take
While I don't teach elementary math, I do have this app for my daughter who is going into first grade, has some special needs, and HATES math. However, she LOVES this app. She plays it without being asked to, and asks to be able to play it! What better recommendation can you get than from a 6 year old who hates math but loves this app? The concept is simple. You have to work your way through a series of houses trying to rescue baby fireflies that have been trapped in jars. In each room you can pick up numbers and in order to move to the next room you have to solve a problem using your number bank. In later rooms you may not be given the numbers in the actual room, but be required to use numbers that you had picked up earlier.