Kids seem to be inherently fascinated by games where they get to fight monsters. Apps capitalizing on educational skills in conjunction with fighting are always popular. Math Heroes vs Dragons does this with a focus on upper elementary math skills and a driving need to save Grandma and Grandpa from the dragons that have invaded their home.Fun Educational Apps Top Favorite!
Math Heroes vs Dragons by 12 Fingers Studio is a math app geared toward grades three and up (kids aged 8 an up). It focuses on multiplication and division skills, addition and subtraction, multiples, ordering fractions, area and perimeter. Join the Math Heroes as they try to save Grandma and Grandpa Numbertson from the dragons that have invaded their home.
This game is set up in a fun video game style. Users must first select which Math Hero they'll play as and then move through a variety of tasks to clear the dragons from the house. Choose missions from a blue print of the house. In Pool Products, players must tap the side of the pool with the multiplication problem that has the greater product. In Problem Building, clear the closets out by tapping the two cupboards that make the question true - problems use different operations. In Fraction Felons, drag the dragons to the wanted poster in order from smallest to largest fraction. In Chalk Shapes, players must choose the correct perimeter for a given shape. Clear the dragons out of the bathtub in Multiple Madness as players pop the bubbles that are multiples of a specific number. In Remote Integers, zap dragons by entering the correct answer to addition and subtraction problems on a remote control. Lastly, players blow up racing dragons by tapping on the vehicles with the answer to different division problems in Division Racing.
Players earn coins to purchase wallpapers, awards, and tools from the gift shop. They earn certificates for various achievements and even unlock boss battles by scoring perfect at each level. Each of the games has four difficulty levels that are unlocked as the player shows mastery of a skill.
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I've found that my students are most engaged by games where they are fighting monsters. Capitalizing on this format of game is a stroke of brilliance, especially in a game like this where there are so many math skills being covered. I appreciated the different levels of activity in this app. Students didn't just input the answers to problems. I loved Pool Products because students had to solve both problems, then compare the answer to determine which was more. This increases the rigor of the problem, which is something many teachers are working on in their classrooms. I also loved the Area and Perimeter activity. There are only a few apps out there that cover this skill, and it was nice to find this activity integrated here. I also really like the varying levels of difficulty. This makes this app suitable for the differentiated instruction needed in most classrooms. By entering in different users, this app can be customizable for multiple children.
Overall, Math Heroes vs Dragons is a really great tool, suitable for children grades three and up. I can see it easily becoming a favorite in my own classroom as my students battle the dragons and boost their math skills.
Math Heroes vs Dragons is avaibale for downlaod via the iTunes App Store - iPad App
Note to Parents:
The app doesn't have links to outside webpages, but it does link to your mail as it has contact the developer type links in the About section and the Contact Us section.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She has already added this app to her math practice station in her classroom. She enjoyed zapping the dragons as much as her students. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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