Common Sense Review
Updated September 2014


Engaging supplemental resource encourages conceptual understanding
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Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 5
  • Users can search for activities by their associated Common Core standards.
  • Resources include fun, engaging activities and practice worksheets.
  • Activities reinforce fundamental math concepts like addition.
  • Straightforward activities are good for practice and reinforcement.
A variety of visual activities help kids gain a conceptual understanding of important K-6 math skills.
An adaptive feature could help teachers in meeting kids right at their level.
Bottom Line
A fun and engaging conceptual supplement for math lessons with easy-to-find standards-aligned activities.
Debbie Gorrell
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

There's a lot of variety in the grade-level activities and worksheets, which keeps kids engaged.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Many games have multiple solutions -- kids are encouraged to think about concepts in different ways, and build their own understanding. Activities don't automatically adapt to kids' levels, though this type of feature would be useful.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Information is well organized, and Teacher Guides provide instructional ideas. Even as kids are encouraged to build their own understanding, clearer hints and instructional feedback could help those who may struggle.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Matific's feedback to students is subtle, encouraging a kind of trial-and-error method to find a working solution. As such, some teachers might want to use it as a supplement only after covering the concepts in class. Alternately, some of the games and activities could be used as a preview for certain concepts -- kids can try out different strategies and solutions, then bring their ideas back to the class before a more formal lesson on a topic.

You can assign students an activity or worksheet that aligns to a lesson, and have them work individually. If possible, project the assignment on the board and review the answers -- and different strategies kids tried -- together. Online, you can keep track of students' progress and identify any areas for improvement. However, you'll need to keep up with your kids and assign additional work on your own, as the program won't automatically assign or adapt to students' individual skill levels.

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What's It Like?

Matific is a collection of interactive math games and activities (on the website or Chrome app) for grades K-6 aimed at helping kids build a conceptual understanding of various foundational skills. The wide variety of activities and worksheets are well organized and easy to navigate. Kids can access the resources by grade level or, more specifically, by topic within each grade. Some grade levels have more resources -- and cover more skills -- than others. However, the developers are reportedly adding activities on an ongoing basis.

Within each activity, kids can try a few times to find a correct answer before the program generates one for them. A teacher dashboard is easy to set up and provides progress reports, which show potential areas of improvement for each student. Teachers can sign up for a free trial and gain full access for $10 per student. The Teacher Guides are a good resource for connecting the activities to classroom lessons. 

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Is It Good For Learning?

Matific's engaging resources are well organized by grade and by content, and should be easy for teachers to integrate into the lessons they're already teaching. Activities cover numerous K-6 Common Core domain skills. From counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, and geometry to fractions and statistics and probability, among others, there's a lot covered here.

All grades include interactive activities and -- for some grades -- a mixed bag of digital worksheets. Some activities are repeated from one grade to the next, but in these cases they increase in difficulty and complexity. Of note for teachers, several puzzlers and have more than one solution, which offers kids different ways to think about the concepts covered. For example, in one 3-D tiling game, kids have to drag small sets of cubes to fill a larger cube. There are many ways to arrange the small cubes, but the final number needed to fill the large cube will always be the same. This type of flexibility makes Matific a solid choice as a supplemental tool for reinforcing kids' conceptual understanding of these foundational math skills.

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