Teacher Review For Matific

Engaging, interactive "episodes" build math concepts for grades K-6

Cathy F.
Classroom teacher
Ada Givens Elementary School
Merced, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Matific has a variety of short, interactive "episodes" for grades k-6, each of which engage students in exploring a specific math concept. These 5-15 minute sessions feel like games to students as a flurry of stars accompany a reasonable answer. Wrong answers are corrected after two errors and the games adapt to the ability of the student. As a technology support teacher for grades K-5 the past three months, I have used the Common Core Navigator to select an activity relevant to what a class is studying. My lessons with Matific usually involve guiding students through the mechanics of an episode, asking students what they are noticing and wondering about the math involved. Next, I often have students work together in pairs to complete an episode, usually recording their results symbolically. We follow up the activity with a class discussion during which I record a variety of solutions, connecting the experience to the equations or math terms.
My Take
I was thrilled to discover Matific while exploring Graphite Learning website. This kind of program, which gives students opportunities to explore and experiment with specific math ideas, is rare and much more valuable to my students than a tutorial or skills practice website. As each activity loads, the screen proclaims: Bringing back the Aha! moment. That it does. Accompanied by strategic class discussion with the recommended symbolic representations, lessons with Matific build number sense and mathematical reasoning far better than standard textbook lessons. I also admire the founders for making a free site for teachers and students--while they are at school. Students who wish to use the program at home may sign up for a home membership at the cost of $10 per year. (A home membership for students not associated with a class costs $36 per year.) As for teacher support, the company immediately responded to an email I wrote describing the time-consuming sign-up system; currently, people are working to streamline the process. I appreciate the thoughtful teachers' guides that accompany about one-eighth of the episodes; hopefully, more are on the way.