by TeachThought Staff
Introducing students to new ideas is a matter of both art and science.
How do you frame the content? How do you stimulate curiosity, or establish a need to know? Which student is ready for what content, and how do you know?
This is all true whether you’re introducing students to concepts (e.g., literary symbolism), or skills (e.g., dividing fractions). One powerful way to introduce students to new ideas is to let them “play” with these ideas. If a coach wanted a baseball player to understand how to swing a bat, he wouldn’t make him watch a PowerPoint. Instead, he’d hand him a bat, watch him swing, and provide him with feedback.
Of course, it’s not that simple with everything (may not make sense to hand a student $1000 to let them “make sense of” financial literacy), but the idea of letting students interact–on their own, as they will–with new ideas make sense. Technology is adept at providing this kind of opportunity. Tablets like the iPad (as well as those from Microsoft and Android) host countless apps (of varying quality) to support this.
In pursuit, we created a collection of 12 of the best math apps for kids–specifically, elementary school students. We focused on the kinds of apps that introduce students to concepts, as well as those that let students practice and progress. Better yet, many are adaptive learning apps, adjusting in difficulty to meet an individual student at their level. Some (e.g., ProdigyGame) also feature dashboards as well for both teachers and students track progress over time.
12 Of The Best Math Apps For Kids
Create the pizzeria of your dreams in Motion Math: Pizza! Learn economics and mental math as you buy ingredients, design pizzas, set prices, and serve customers in this delightfully delicious simulation game.
Prodigy Math Game - Free, Common Core aligned math game for grades 1-8
Prodigy's adaptive math video game is an entire virtual world where children can play and learn with friends at a pace that's right for them. Prodigy takes game-based learning a step further and provides teachers with useful features like:
*Assessment tools to align the game to the classroom and easily assign homework
*Real-time reports to easily track student progress and identify trouble spots
*Rich Common Core-aligned math content, including more advanced problem solving questions
*A built-in diagnostic test
On Sumdog, students have a great time - but their teachers retain full control over their work. At the simplest level, you can simply log in and choose which subject they'll play. If you have a little more time, you can edit the default Progress Hub™ skill plan to match the order in which you teach; Sumdog will lead your students through the skills in this order.
Kids and adults can’t put it down! Practice your mathematics while racing the clock in this innovative iPad app. Featuring advanced handwriting recognition and a beautiful interface, Quick Math will take your general arithmetic skills to the next level.
Reflex is a research-based system that helps grade 2-8 students to develop instant, effortless recall of math facts in all four operations. Students have already answered billions of math facts on Reflex, increasing their skill, confidence and test scores.
- A highly adaptive environment that continually adjusts to create the optimal learning experience for every child
- Fun and motivational game-based learning, so students enjoy using the program and take pride in their success
- Outstanding results for students of all ability levels across grades 2-8.
Number Line helps students visualize number sequences and illustrate strategies for counting, comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers. The number line can be labeled with multiples of any whole number from 1 to 100.
Number Rack facilitates the natural development of children’s number sense. The movable, colored beads encourage learners to think in groups of fives and tens, helping them to explore and discover a variety of addition and subtraction strategies.
This virtual version of the manipulative is an open-ended educational tool, ideal for elementary classrooms and other learning environments that use iPod Touches, iPhones, or iPads.
- Display 1 to 5 rows of beads, 10 beads per row. On the iPad, display up to 10 rows.
- Hide beads with the resizable shade, which allows teachers or learners to model subtraction or difference problems.
- Reverse the colors of rows 6 to 10 to distinguish (or not) groupings of 25 beads.
- Use the drawing tools to annotate work and show understanding
- Write equations and expressions with the text tool.
Number Pieces helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers. Students use the number pieces to represent multi-digit numbers, regroup, add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
In chef's pizzeria your child masters the concept of naming simple fractions using pizza picture examples. Designed for grade levels 2-5, Pizza Fractions provides introductory practice with fractions in an approachable game-like environment.
- players presented with randomly generated fractions to identify by counting slices of pizza
- entry level simple fractions build confidence with denominators 1-12, excluding sevenths and elevenths
- adjustable level of difficulty allows beginners to start with easier fractions and progress as they learn
- option to advance questions by shaking the device or using a button
- score data and round timing allows you and your child to compete by alternating rounds
With more than 25,000 exercises, iTooch Elementary is a new and fun way of practicing and learning Math, Language Arts and Science for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th Graders.
‣ Speech synthesis to help young users in reading and text comprehension
‣ Multi-player management
‣ Font size adjustment to suit everyone’s needs
‣ An embedded calculator
"10 Frame Fill" provides children practice with recognizing additive "10 Families" (e.g., 1 and 9, 2 and 8, etc.). Set the 10 Frame to fill in sequence or randomly. Use contrasting color chips to fill the 10 frame as you determine the answer. Select to show a corresponding number sentence.
Montessori Numbers is designed to help build sound mathematical foundations in children aged 3-7 by using a concrete, visually significant material inspired from the Montessori methodology.
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12 Of The Best Math Apps For Kids