Review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated August 2015


Fabulous free games, quiz questions address Common Core standards

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  • Math

  • Critical Thinking
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Pros: Games and interactive questions are powered by an adaptive learning system that changes to meet kids' skills and expertise.

Cons: Solutions aren't provided for incorrect answers, limiting kids' ability to learn from mistakes.

Bottom Line: A fantastic resource for practicing Common Core math skills, but struggling students won't get much support.

MathGames would work well as an in-class practice tool or for creating homework assignments. Assign specific games or question sets based on skill level and any progress reports based on previous assignments. The search filter makes it easy to create assignments by grade, skill, or standard.

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MathGames includes an interactive set of games and assessment-style questions that are aligned with Common Core State Standards. Skills range from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. 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, skills, or CCSS. When kids log into their student accounts and complete assignments, progress reports are automatically generated.

The designers of MathGames have done a fine job of creating a content-rich site packed with CCSS-aligned learning opportunities. Kids can learn math skills ranging from basic counting and number sense to algebra and statistics. The games challenge kids to apply these skills in unique settings, and the interactive questions are an excellent way to practice and prepare for assessments. Games are customized depending on a player's mastery of a skill set and level of experience. Kids can easily view their progress and identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. Feedback is brief: either positive praise or encouragement to keep trying. MathGames isn't a stand-alone instructional tool, but it's an excellent resource for supporting curriculum.

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Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Action-packed games are a fun way to practice math, and interactive questions include colorful graphics and motivational feedback.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Most activities are nicely aligned to the CCSS and increase in difficulty as students master the skills. There's not much feedback for incorrect answers, but the site's meant for practice more than instruction.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Setting up a user account is easy. Instructions or a demo video could help users with more advanced procedures like creating and completing assignments.

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