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MathPad 4 – Word Problems

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Skills:Multiplication, Division, Number Sense, Word Problems, Time, Fractions

What we like best:

This simple app offers an intuitive way to tackle word problems.

What you should know:

The lack of progress visibility, fun graphics or interactivity makes this practice feel like busy work.
Full Review:

If you're looking for a no-frills way to help kids familiarize themselves with—and eventually master—the art of word problems, look no further. MathPad 4 – Word Problems is an exceptionally easy app to use to help with word problem practice.

Once the app is downloaded, it skips an introduction and launches straight into word problems that tackle fourth grade math essentials, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, time, money and fractions. The simple interface asks young learners punch in answers on a calculator-style keyboard, with correct answers highlighted in green and incorrect answers in red. As kids work through problems, they become increasingly more difficult. An information icon allows you some customization, but lacks the ability to focus on specific functions a child may struggle with.

The app also offers no explanation or correct answer for problems, which can be troublesome for kids who are totally lost. While this app is good for word problem practice, a lack of engaging elements will leave kids feeling like this math practice is more of a chore than a game.

Reviewed 2012-09-30 on iPad iOS6 by Vicki Windman

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Grade:Fourth Grade
Topic:Math
Platform:Apple
Publisher:Clay Cat Designs
Standards:Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems: Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding. 4.OA.A.3. Number and Operations- Fractions: Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole and having like denominators e.g. by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem. NF.B.3.d