Review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated January 2017
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Sequences with Ibbleobble

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Cheerfully designed math-practice tool needs more variety and depth

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  • Math

  • Critical Thinking
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Pros: There are seven levels of play, so kids get lots of targeted practice with number patterns.

Cons: With no gameplay variety, kids may quickly lose interest.

Bottom Line: Whimsical characters and fun graphics are appealing, but the game could use more in-depth learning content.

Teachers can use Sequences with Ibbleobble as extra classroom practice for early finishers or as remedial practice for kids who are struggling to grasp the concept of number patterns. Guide students to select the appropriate level of practice. Early finishers can choose either the Medium or Hard setting within a level and try to beat their classmates' times. Struggling learners can use the Easy setting and try to complete as many sequences as possible.

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In Sequences with Ibbleobble, there are seven levels of play, and each level has a difficulty setting: Easy, Medium, or Hard. Characters, or Ibbleobble Friends, represent the levels. Kids can tap an icon to learn about a character's likes, favorite color, and favorite friend.

To start playing the game, kids choose a character and a difficulty setting. In Easy mode, there's no timer. In Medium and Hard modes, kids have one minute to complete as many sequences as possible. A number pattern, or sequence, appears on the screen. Kids have to select the correct set of numbers to complete the pattern. They earn points and coins for correct answers and are not penalized for incorrect answers, other than simply not earning a point. Kids can view their scores for each level and reset their scores with the tap of a finger.

Kids can learn to use mental math to complete number patterns that range in difficulty from simple "add 1" patterns involving single-digit numbers to more challenging "subtract 3" patterns involving two-digit numbers. The game doesn't provide any instructional support, such as hints or detailed feedback; it works best as independent practice for kids who have already learned about patterns.

The timer and score tracker are motivators, providing a little extra push for kids to boost their mental math skills while building fluency. These are two important math practices for kids of all ages. Adding some gameplay variety would make this practice tool a more engaging and valuable math resource.

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

The design is gorgeous and navigation is intuitive, but gameplay becomes monotonous after a short time.

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

There are difficulty settings within levels, so there is a learning progression; feedback and hints are lacking.

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

Step-by-step instructions help get kids started, but there's no audio support. Kids can see their top scores for each level.

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