Learning Gems – Math 2.0

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Subtraction, Addition, Number Sense, Division, Multiplication

What we like best:

The cute theme of adventure, treasure and pirates is the best feature of this app, and it's otherwise serviceable practice in basic math.

What you should know:

Some of the game features are dizzying, and the pirate voice-over might be more appealing to boys than girls.
Full Review:

Arrrr—who doesn't like to talk like a pirate? Nobody, that's who! Little buccaneers can practice math basics as they pick out answers to math problems in the form of pirate's booty.

Problems appear at the bottom of the screen and players tap the spinning jewels that represent right answers and place them in the treasure chest. There are twelve levels of difficulty for each skill—addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Swashbucklers work their way through the levels and move along a treasure "map" that leads to a secret reward. The pirate narrator is great fun and sounds sufficiently stern as he guides you along and warns, “You can't skip levels, matey!” The problem sets are solid, but you have to be nimble to nab the frantically spinning pieces of treasure.

There's a lot of room to grow with the multiple levels of difficulty. Your student will stay motivated while having a blast with his pirate pal. This app is simple enough for a third grader to use without parental or teacher supervision.

Reviewed 2012-10-03 on iPhone iOS5 by Roberta Munoz

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Grade:Third Grade
Platform:Apple, Android
Publisher:Blue Fire Media
Standards:Interpret products of whole numbers e.g. interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7. Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic. Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.