Teacher Review for Refraction

Laser beam refraction that reinforces fractions

Katie L.
Technology coordinator
Mark Sheridan Math and Science Academy
Chicago, IL
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Math, Science
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with ELL
Low literacy
How I Use It
There is a lot going on within the game screen that my students were distracted with. I had to introduce and review the game more than I had anticipated. My original intention was to use this as a fun reinforcement activity with fractions. The idea was that once a student was finished working on whatever activity we were doing they could move onto Refraction. Unfortunately, the refraction portion of the game was distracting my students from understanding the fraction portion of the game. We ended up kind of working as a class. I gave the kids some time to do each puzzle on their own and then we went over the puzzle as a class. It ended up taking more class time than I would have liked. After letting them explore and play on the game after a few days they were more comfortable with it and were able to work on it individually.
My Take
I wish the students had a log in that allowed me to track what level and puzzle they were on. It would also be nice if there was a way to tell whether they were having trouble with refraction or the fractions. The levels increase in difficulty and that is nice, however, I wish there were more real life example/problems that the students could work on at higher levels. This game has a very simplistic goal. If you are looking for something basic and kind of fun for your students than this will serve that purpose. However, if you are looking for more in depth problem solving work with fractions then this isn't your game.