Common Sense Review
Updated October 2014

Math Snacks: Monster School Bus

Zombie bus drivers teach grouping skills with whole numbers, decimals
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Common Sense Rating 4
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  • The fun graphics and arcade-like stylings make this game highly engaging.
  • Kids drive a school bus through monster neighborhoods trying to pick up enough kids to fill the bus.
  • The Teacher Guide has excellent tips for using the game in the classroom.
Debbie Gorrell
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

In Monster School bus, players use the arrow keys to drive a school bus through different neighborhoods, picking up groups of monster schoolchildren along the way. Groups in each neighborhood are different sizes, as indicated by numbers on the road, and players must completely fill the bus before arriving at school. The goal is to deliver as many full busloads to school as possible. Additional resources include a Teacher Guide, a Teaching Video, a list of Common Core alignments, and general guidelines for using Math Snacks in the classroom.

Go ahead and turn your students loose with this clever game before you've covered these concepts more formally in class -- the game is meant to encourage kids to explore concepts and learn as they play. However, you may want to show the Teaching Video beforehand, then have them play individually or in small groups. Circulate as kids play to check in, offer guidance, and gauge where kids may need extra instruction. After they've played, come together as a class to discuss how well different strategies worked. Later, after you've finished teaching the concept, have kids play again to help cement their understanding.

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