Pet Bingo - by Duck Duck Moose

Effective and fun CCSS-aligned math for K-4

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Grades

K–4

Subjects & Skills

Critical Thinking, Math

Price: Free
Platforms: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Pros: Help features go beyond hints to show useful math strategies.

Cons: A timed option would be a nice feature to build speed along with fluency.

Bottom Line: Teachers will appreciate the strategies and reports; kids will learn math and have fun with virtual pets.

Use Pet Bingo for daily math practice in class or as homework. Every student will be challenged with the variety of operations and difficulty levels. Since there's no timer pushing kids to answer as quickly as possible, encourage kids to use the help feature if they get stuck on a problem. Multiple user accounts can be set up for classes sharing iPads. There's no centralized teacher report showing each student, but teachers can use the in-app progress report to check in with students individually to determine their progress. Since the help function shows problems broken down with an appropriate strategy, it's a great reinforcement for what teachers are doing in the classroom.

Kids choose from addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or mixed operations and a level -- easy, medium, or hard. They then solve math problems, finding the answers on a Bingo grid. When they've solved enough problems to get Bingo, kids win a pet or food for their pets. Between math games, kids can play with and care for their pets in the pet pen, a carnival-like park. If kids get stuck on a problem, they can tap the question mark to see the problem broken down using a math strategy -- like ten frames or number lines for addition and subtraction, and arrays and commutative and distributive properties for multiplication and division. They'll work on addition and subtraction skills starting with adding 0s and 1s and advancing to adding or subtracting triple-digit numbers. Multiplication and division start with 0s and 1s and advance to 99 x 99 or dividing two digits into 9,801. For each skill set, teachers can view progress reports showing the percentage of problems kids answered correctly.

Pet Bingo - by Duck Duck Moose is a great math activity that can challenge a class of learners at many different levels. Taking care of pets in the pet pen will engage kids and keep them playing, and the Bingo game format adds another level of fun. But this app isn't just fun and games. The range of math problems will challenge kids from kindergarten up, and the strategies in the hints section really help kids understand the concepts. Detailed reports inform instruction by letting teachers see at a glance where kids are succeeding and where they're struggling.

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Engagement

The reward of adding pets to their pen and playing with them motivates kids to keep going. The Bingo answer sheet adds another level of fun and challenge.

Pedagogy

Games become more challenging as kids' math skills develop. The range of skills and skill levels includes easy, medium, and hard activities in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division spanning five grade levels.

Support

Detailed reports show the percentage of correct answers broken down by skill set and number range. Kids can get help with any math problem by tapping the question mark.

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Amanda B.
Amanda B. Teacher

Community Rating

Great Math Fact Practice!

Duck Duck Moose makes a good engaging app for students to practice their math facts. The ability to take care of a pet and earn food and toys for the pet keeps students coming back for more.

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