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Match-Up Math

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Multiplication, Division, Decimals, Fractions, Subtraction, Addition

What we like best:

Different modes and difficulty levels make the app appeal to several grade levels, and even adults could use it for a quick math challenge.

What you should know:

Math, math and more math—at heart this is a strictly educational app. The problem solving element to the game takes a backseat.
Full Review:

Match your way to math success with this educationally rich app. In the same vein as many classic matching games, your mathematician clears tiles off the screen by matching problems and answers. For example, she clicks a 2+3 tile followed by a 5 tile to clear both off the screen.

If simple addition is too easy for your child (and it will be after she spends some time on this app), don't worry: Match-up Math was made with long-term use and multiple grade levels in mind. Click into the settings menu to choose from addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals, then set the difficulty to easy, medium or hard. If you ramp those settings up to fractions on hard, even competent adults will have a math challenge on their hands. Instead of 2+3 equals 5, you're solving 56/7 equals 32/4.

A slight twist in the gameplay revolves around periodically rearranging tiles, but this doesn't take away from the math focus at all. The game is extremely kid-friendly, with natural gameplay (including a helpful "hint" button) and simple menus. The colorful backgrounds and crisp sounds add a healthy level of charm to what is strictly a math game.

Reviewed 2012-10-10 on iPad iOS5 by David Zugnoni

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Price:$2.99
Grade:Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade
Topic:Math
Platform:Apple
Publisher:My Turn Mobile
Standards:Operations and Algebraic Thinking (represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction add and subtract within 20. Use the four operations to solve problems with whole numbers.) Numbers and Operations: Fractions (Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers.)