xGerms Counting is so easy to use that even kids in preschool could play independently. However, if devices are limited, you can enter up to three players per device and have kids take turns completing a level. The game would work well as a learning center activity or as brief practice following whole-class instruction. After kids play, have them share the awards they won and the levels they've completed. To provide more motivation, create a class leaderboard and encourage kids to earn the top spot.Continue reading Show less
At the home screen, users can enter up to three players. Kids start by choosing a player and tapping on the first level. A large germ surrounded by several smaller germs appears in the middle of the screen. Audio and text instructions tell kids how many germs to tap and count. Kids have to either count up or count down and then tap a check button when they're finished. There are 16 levels, and kids have to unlock one level to progress to the next one. An award screen displays the awards kids earn, which range from trophies for finishing levels to whimsical awards for catching specific germs like the space germ or the electric germ.
Kids tap germs to practice counting by 1s, 10s, 5s, and 2s. The game is easy to use, and young learners don't need reading skills in order to succeed. Kids will be entertained and will enjoy earning awards for counting and capturing quirky germs. Learning seamlessly progresses as kids start out counting by 1s up to 10. Then they count by 1s from 11 to 30, move on to counting by 10s, then 5s, and finally by 2s. Kids get simple, appropriate feedback for incorrect answers: too high or too low. An interactive number line could boost learning and help kids who struggle with skip counting.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–20, count out that many objects.
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