Teachers can model for students how to set up SoGaBee Math custom practice on the content they've already learned. Teachers may want to have kids use the app individually or groups, but the most effective practice might come with partner use. Students could use the tablet to quiz each other, or work together to problem solve if working on content that's just ahead of their level.
Teachers can also use SoGaBee Math as a warm-up activity at the beginning of class. Students can practice for 10 or 15 minutes before taking part in a whole-class, tablet-free "Math Fact Bee." Using the math facts they've just learned, this type of game will not only engage while solidifying newfound knowledge, but it can also give teachers valuable, informal feedback about who's getting it and who might need some more practice.Continue reading Show less
SoGaBee Math Facts Fun: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division helps kids learn basic math facts using numbers from 1 to 12. Upon entering the app, kids pick one of four characters who help them along the way; then they'll choose an operation and a level to play. Each correct answer rewards kids as their characters are gradually colored in; this also helps them monitor progress as they play. Kids can also track mistakes with a row of three ducks at the top of the screen; these are crossed out one at a time with each error. After three mistakes the characters cry, but kids can retry any level without starting the game over. Upon success, characters cheer and kids get a digital trophy; finishing each level unlocks another.
Kids (or teachers) can choose custom levels (any of the four operations and different number facts to help individualize instruction. SoGaBee Math also tracks mistakes -- these can be found in the app's Tricky Problems screen. Kids can choose this section to repeat all the problems they've missed.
As a mainstream app, SoGaBee Math is an engaging and enjoyable way for most kids to practice basic arithmetic facts; it's also suitable for kids with disabilities who are able to use a touchscreen. Kids will appreciate the simple yet appealing graphics, and the levels let them practice math facts in incremental progressions. Unlocking levels as they go will help keep them interested, though a more baked-in learning experience would engage even more. At the end of the day, the math skills here are still found through practice and memorization. While kids can go back to review problems they've missed, the app won't automatically or adaptively suggest these problems to kids as they play.
It's great that the app's controls allow kids to focus on a particular skill or set of skills. Teachers can set up the app to review only what a student is working on in class on a given day; in turn, it won't present problems that haven't yet been taught. Also, teachers might find it interesting that the app was developed by a parent to help his own child learn math facts.
Key Standards Supported
Number And Operations In Base Ten
Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Add up to four two-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.
Add and subtract within 1000, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method. Understand that in adding or subtracting three- digit numbers, one adds or subtracts hundreds and hundreds, tens and tens, ones and ones; and sometimes it is necessary to compose or decompose tens or hundreds.
Mentally add 10 or 100 to a given number 100–900, and mentally subtract 10 or 100 from a given number 100–900.
Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10–90 (e.g., 9 × 80, 5 × 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.
Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
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
Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).
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.
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.
The Number System
Fluently divide multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm.
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