Updated October 2014

Matific: 2nd Grade Games

Clever games challenge kids to think flexibly, become problem-solvers

Subjects & skills
  • Critical Thinking

  • Math
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
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Matific's 2nd Grade math games are arranged in four categories: Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Measurement and Data, and Geometry. The first two are the most comprehensive, with the most games and practice sheets. Games involve basic math skills, but most require some problem-solving as well -- some problems are designed to have multiple solutions. Go for these more inquiry-based games, rather than those with a simple right-or-wrong answer, and explore possible strategies and solutions as a class.

It's probably helpful if kids have a basic understanding of the concepts, as the site doesn't offer explicit instruction. However, you might also try having students explore a topic on the site before you teach. The practice sheets can work as straightforward assessments or extra practice. But you're best off using the games to get kids thinking more flexibly. As students work through the program, use their profiles to gauge progress.

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Cathy F. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Ada Givens Elementary School
Merced, CA
Engaging, interactive "episodes" build math concepts for grades K-6

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; then they worked hard to streamline the process. This app is available on both a website and now, an Ipad app called Matific for Schools. I appreciate the thoughtful teachers' guides that accompany about one-eighth of the episodes; hopefully, more are on the way.

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