Use the game as an engaging way to review and reinforce math skills before kids take an end-of-year or state assessment. A broad range of skills are covered, so the game is not ideal for targeted practice. Have kids work in small groups to complete the mini-games and then discuss their results as a class.Continue reading Show less
SMART Adventures Mission Math 2: Peril at the Pyramids is a series of mini-games that help kids solve an archaeology-themed mystery surrounding the pyramids at Giza. The game begins with a brief, cartoon-style story about the mission, then kids select an avatar to serve as their own character in the story. There are six main areas to explore at the dig site, and they're arranged on an interactive map. Kids choose a section to begin a mini-game, each of which starts with on-screen instructions and an animated tutorial. The games aren't timed, but kids have to finish a certain number of problems correctly in order to complete a mini-game. Excitement builds as kids learn more about the missing artifacts and get closer to solving the mystery.
The game is based on national content and practice standards for mathematics and covers several Common Core State Standards. Kids can learn and practice several important math skills, including prime and composite numbers, volume, area, perimeter, spatial rotations, order of operations, division, and statistics and probability. Kids are empowered to move around the areas of the dig site as they wish, and each area focuses on a different skill set. Kids don't lose points for getting answers wrong, but they must correctly answer a given number of problems before completing a mission; as a result, games are both encouraging and meaningfully challenging as kids progress through the three levels of difficulty on each mission.
There are tips and hints along the way to remind students how to solve some of the problems, but there's no feedback for incorrect answers. As a result, this game is best suited for practice or enrichment rather than instruction. Detailed feedback and an easy way to view overall progress for each user profile would be great additions to the game.
Key Standards Supported
Number And Operations In Base Ten
Find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Find all factor pairs for a whole number in the range 1–100. Recognize that a whole number is a multiple of each of its factors. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1–100 is a multiple of a given one-digit number. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1–100 is prime or composite.
Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem, distinguishing multiplicative comparison from additive comparison.1
Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
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