MathGames would work well as an in-class practice tool or for creating homework assignments. The dashboard also allows teachers to create assignments and share them with their students through email, Remind, or Google Classroom. Then, teachers can use the detailed reports to track student progress and see where students need extra practice. They can then assign specific games or questions to students based on this. There are lots of resources available to create assignments by grade, skill, or standard to personalize the assignments on a per student basis.
Teachers can also use provided lessons to teach or reinforce topics learned in class, and can provide worksheets to students who may not have consistent access to technology. Teachers can also provide a link directly to the lesson for students, no student account required.Continue reading Show less
MathGames includes an interactive set of games and assessment-style questions that are aligned with curriculum standards from around the world. Parents, caregivers, and teachers can sign up for a free account by entering an email address and then adding classes and students. Kids can then access assignments by logging in with a username and password. Users can search the games and interactive questions to create assignments, and searches can be filtered by grade, skill, or standard. When kids log in to their student account and complete assignments, progress reports are automatically generated.
Many of the games and resources are free to use and cover a wide array of skills. The question mark icon within the games leads to a teacher-led mini-lesson about that skill. The free site is filled with ads that often cause the site, and sometimes the game in progress, to randomly refresh. Teachers should note that the student account also has links to teacher-related items (like creating assignments and linking to Google Classroom).
The designers of MathGames have done a good job creating a content-rich site packed with standards-aligned materials where kids can practice math skills ranging from basic counting and number sense to algebra and statistics. Kids can easily view their progress and identify areas of strength and weakness. Also, the teacher-led lessons are well done, and the skills questions provide good opportunities for practice.
While many of the games are fun, however, some repeat the exact same question multiple times, which could get repetitive and frustrating for students. The game mechanics of many of the games is also problematic, requiring the student to move a character on-screen while simultaneously trying to solve a (sometimes quite complex) math problem, often leading to a "game over" situation before the student is even able to try. Solutions aren't available for incorrect answers, limiting kids' ability to learn from mistakes, and any feedback provided is brief: either positive praise or encouragement to keep trying. There are some video tutorials of many math concepts available, but MathGames isn't a stand-alone instructional tool -- it's a good supplemental resource for supporting curriculum.
The ability for the teacher to view student progress definitely helps with assigning appropriate materials and giving students the practice they need.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
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.
Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.
Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
Find the volume of a right rectangular prism with fractional edge lengths by packing it with unit cubes of the appropriate unit fraction edge lengths, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths of the prism. Apply the formulas V = l w h and V = b h to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with fractional edge lengths in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
Understand that a two-dimensional figure is congruent to another if the second can be obtained from the first by a sequence of rotations, reflections, and translations; given two congruent figures, describe a sequence that exhibits the congruence between them.
Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to determine unknown side lengths in right triangles in real-world and mathematical problems in two and three dimensions.
Measurement And Data
Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.
Number And Operations—Fractions
Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.
Apply and extend previous understandings of division to divide unit fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by unit fractions.1
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.3
Identify arithmetic patterns (including patterns in the addition table or multiplication table), and explain them using properties of operations. For example, observe that 4 times a number is always even, and explain why 4 times a number can be decomposed into two equal addends.
Ratios And Proportional Relationships
Solve unit rate problems including those involving unit pricing and constant speed. For example, if it took 7 hours to mow 4 lawns, then at that rate, how many lawns could be mowed in 35 hours? At what rate were lawns being mowed?
Represent proportional relationships by equations. For example, if total cost t is proportional to the number n of items purchased at a constant price p, the relationship between the total cost and the number of items can be expressed as t = pn.