It’s Appy Hour at Math Coach’s Corner, and I’m glad you dropped by! Tonight I spotlight a fun app for the iPad or iPhone by Tap to Learn They have many other apps, so I hope you’ll check out their website.
Tonight’s app is a nod to one of my new favorite shows, The Walking Dead. While I DON’T recommend the show for your youngsters, I do think they’ll love playing Math vs. Zombies. According to the developer’s website, the app is recommended for ages 7-9. Understand that while it helps kids practice all the operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), it goes beyond single digits so it might be challenging for younger kiddos. There are settings that can be adjusted for easy, medium, and hard skill levels, though, so you can scaffold learning by replaying easy levels until students build confidence and skills. The app really promotes mental strategies, presenting players with addition such as 285 + 100 and 418 + 480 as they progress through the levels. I think this app has long term appeal–kids will enjoy practicing over and over because the app is so engaging, and they are always presented with new problems. They’ve added a lot of functionality since the app was first introduced as a free app, but for $4.99 it’s still a great bargain!
Go forth and save the Earth! 🙂
|Higher levels of game play extend basic facts.|
|Players turn zombies back into humans by solving math problems.|
|Players have to use mental strategies to solve multi-digit problems before the zombies reach them!|