Rocket Math

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What we like best:

An incentivized reward system motivates kids to complete challenges and earn money to upgrade their rockets.

What you should know:

This app flashes text quickly and doesn't supply a voice-over option, which can be frustrating for slower readers.
Full Review:

Earn money (and learn about money concepts) by solving math problems in this fast-paced intergalactic app. Kids start by building a rocket to blast off into space and complete math-themed missions.

Modern, sharp graphics are age-appropriate and still appealing to the upper-elementary crowd. This tool covers a lot of ground and provides practice for most third grade math basics like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with an appealing theme—space exploration—that keeps kids playing. Three levels of difficulty and multiple missions allow this app to stay useful as a child's skills grow. Children need to create an avatar, pick a basic rocket and crunch numbers. Players must solve problems with increasing degrees of difficulty while “in flight,” such as touching all the odd numbers or the correct coin before moving on to trickier math concepts. Players get lots of chances to get it right, but little spacemen have to think on their feet—hard to do in zero gravity!

Numerous missions, customizable rocket rewards, and the ability to toggle between skill levels make this a great app for all third grade mathletes. The free version includes everything reviewed here; upgrade to remove ads and receive 56 more missions.

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

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Price:Free – $0.99
Grade:Third Grade
Publisher:Dan Russell-Pinson
Standards:Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division Interpret products of whole numbers