Review by Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Education | Updated September 2015

Questimate!

Build solid estimation skills through a fabulous math game

Subjects & skills
Skills
• Critical Thinking

Subjects
• Math
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
4-7
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Pros: Exposes kids to estimation in fun ways with concrete math explanation.

Cons: Number ranges aren't limited at first, so it's easy for answers to be way off.

Bottom Line: A great-looking, fully engaging math experience, from question to answer.

Questimate! - Pro is a wonderful app to engage kids in solo, small-group, or classroom-wide estimation math practice. If you're using this as a classroom-wide lesson, be sure to work the problem through each available step -- from hints to full math explanation -- to get kids thinking about all the different components that go into an educated estimation. After playing Questimate! - Pro for a while, encourage kids to develop their own real-world estimation problems with items brought from home that are small enough to use in the classroom.

Questimate! - Pro is a remarkable math estimation game that puts kids in charge of making word problems with just enough guidance to keep the problems relevant and challenging. This app exposes kids to estimating real-world items in unique ways that focus on how math -- not just guessing -- can be used to estimate. From how many bread loaves equal the length of the average couch to how far a hippo can run in a minute, kids get to choose from various topics with types of estimation (length, speed, height, and more) via a fill-in-the-blank template with real-world options provided by the app.

Learning is built into Questimate! - Pro's question-formation process, as well as in estimating the answers. The game's format makes the process fun and very sticky. It offers in-depth explanations in the "Really?!" section that include detailed photo- and equations-style explanations. Gameplay via the Pass & Play option adds collaborative learning, too. As students create the questions and then attempt to estimate the answers, kids must recall information they know about these objects and apply math, logical reasoning, comparing, and their own critical-thinking skills. As they do so, they learn about part-whole relationships and the art of estimation. And if teachers sign up for an account, the Teacher Dashboard can provide basic but useful information about individual student progress and mastery of skills.

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

This tool is highly engaging: Kids are involved in both the question-formation and the question-answering processes. They can provide thumbs-up or thumbs-down feedback on questions and can take a poll to help develop more games within the app.

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

Kids learn about and practice estimation firsthand by creating questions. They use a template that has a fill-in-the-blank form from which they select from pre-set real-world options to make their questions.

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

Clear instructions and pre-loaded choices make for easy gameplay. If kids' estimations are too far off, they can retry or move on. Tap the "Really?!" tab to view an explanation. A Teacher Dashboard tracks progress.

Common Sense Reviewer
Dana Villamagna Classroom teacher

Teacher Reviews

Featured review by
Trevor T. , Technology coordinator
Technology coordinator
Wildwood Elementary School
Amherst,
Estimate and Measure with this Great App!

I am mixed about this app, because it is such a different app, compared to other math apps, but it is challenging. It's similar to a game show app where you pick the topic and score points. Also, it might refer to things that kids don't know or can't imagine - the challenging part - so even if you know it and are close, it's hard to hit the bullseye.
It does address estimation and measurement, one of the only math apps that has either.