Pearl Diver HD

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Fractions & Decimals, Number Systems, Number Line

What we like best:

This game introduces important math concepts with a stuninng interface and simple touch-and-drag controls. It's a wonderful tool for visual learners and kids who hate math.

What you should know:

This app goes beyond the basics to cover math concepts that can be difficult for some children.
Full Review:

Don't be afraid; dive right in! This app is a great tool for visually tackling difficult math concepts.

Little scuba divers use the number line for guidance as they dive for treasure. The interface is easy to use and very forgiving. Kids get lots of chances and starts earning rewards right away for finding pearls along the number line. They can repeat dives as often as necessary, always remembering to avoid the electric eels. Success gets little learners to the next level where they slice and dice sushi into fractions along with other fun activities, forcing them to think about percentages and parts and wholes. Later levels introduce number systems, ordering and more.

The app keeps score and everything's timed to motivate mini math whizzes to move fast. The repetition is good reinforcement for the more abstract concepts of number lines and numbers systems. This tool is part of a series called "Math Snacks" that was developed by teachers and educators.

Reviewed 2012-09-28 on iPhone iOS5 by Roberta Munoz

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Grade:Third Grade
Publisher:Learning Games Lab, NM State University
Standards:Develop understanding of fractions as numbers: Understand a fraction as the quantity formed by a part when a whole is partitioned into equal parts.