Jungle Geometry – learn shapes & angles; measure with ruler and protractor is a new tool by developer Andrew Short in the top fun learning app series Jungle Education. The app focuses on the common core standards found in the geometry and measurement sections and is appropriate for grades 3-6 – but can definitely be used by older and younger students. It has a very simple interface all tied into a jungle theme.
The app opens to the first problem. The menu is found in the drop down box in the top corner. From here, users choose what they want to practice: Line Measurement, Line Types, Line Pairs, Shape Names, Shape Measurements, Angle Measurements, Angle Types, and Angle Pairs. Many of the questions ask users to choose a correct answer from a scrolling wheel at the bottom. The measurement activities ask the user to manipulate a ruler or protractor to measure lines and angles. The Shape Measurement asks users to measure specific attributes of shapes like perimeter, height and width. Each question is read aloud, and the answer choices are too if you hover over them. This makes the app accessible to low readers as well. Users can also select the Learn section from the menu where they can review vocabulary and definitions (though it’s not read aloud).
This app has a ton of individual setting options as well. Parents or teachers can select 3 levels of question. Level One focuses on whole unit measurements and basic angles and shapes. Level Two focuses on fractional measurements, shapes up to 4 sides, and more angle types. Level Three focuses on fractional measurements, shapes up to 10 sides, and all angle types. Additionally adults can change the ruler type (measure from edge or zero, inches/cm, style), and protractor style. There are also settings to control the jungle sounds and faces.
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I’ll be honest, I kind of love this app. It covers skills that I simply have not found apps for in the past. The ability to actually move and turn the ruler and protractor to measure – and the choice of how to measure is a great way to prepare students. I also really liked that each question is read aloud. This accessibility makes the app perfect for my low level readers. I also really liked the various levels of play. With the increasing difficulty of each level, I can put my students on the app at the level they need to be working on without frustrating them or having it be too easy. The things holding me back from a top pick are minor. Honestly, the app doesn’t need the jungle theme. It’s a solid app without the distraction of animal noises. The animal faces and sounds can be toggled in the settings menu if you have older students. The narrator also has a computer quality to it that wasn’t very engaging. One last thing is when I looked at the score results, it said I had missed none, but I had clearly answered some wrong. Within the History section of the settings, adults can view how many attempts it takes per question and how long it takes the student to answer the question. The developer uses this in depth, individual data per question as the analysis of mastery. While I appreciate this deep analysis, when I don't have much time between classes, I would still prefer to just see how many were right or wrong so that I can gather quick, informal assessment data.
Overall, Jungle Geometry is a really great tool for teachers and parents looking for extra practice in a range of geometry skills. From perimeter to angle measurement, this app covers many of the Common Core Standards for the upper elementary and middle grades.
Jungle Geometry – learn shapes & angles; measure with ruler and protractor is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad Mini/iPad Air
RRP - $2.99/£1.99/€2.69
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At the time of this review, this app had no in app purchases or ads, but did have external links in the Settings menu that were accessible with a parent puzzle.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is excited to use this app with her class when we get to the geometry standards. She is passionate about technology in schools and you can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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