We all know that the months of July and August can undo a year’s worth of hard classworkwork. The right math app used over the summer, however, can mean the difference of starting over and building on what the students have already learned. Don’t feel bad about giving assignments over the summer, because students often have to read a novel or two to get ready for the next year’s English class.
Learning Upgrade’s Math Upgrade Kindergarten can help in a big way. It has 50 music- and video-filled fun lessons with interactive games that can help reinforce the year’s curriculum and push forward into new mathematical territory. Everything is aligned with the Common Core standards and the company is working on activities and lessons. Schools that use license Learning Upgrade get it for free over the summer months.
The $3 that Motion Math costs may be the best money spent on math education throughout the year. That’s because this math app not only works with iPads and Android tablets but Windows Phones as well. Aimed at third and fourth graders, the app focuses on fractions, what they are, how they work and why students shouldn’t be afraid of them. The lessons are Common Core aligned and really games that work with everything from pie charts and number lines to numerators and denominators, decimals and percentages. For those who’re having trouble grasping the concepts, Motion Math has hints.
Rather than concentrate on any particular skill, Math Bugs goes after the whole gamut of math. In addition to the basics, like adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, the app teaches shapes, common factors and algebra. It has word problems as well as a series of mental math tricks that can streamline figuring out problems. On top of single-player and group modes, you move among its different skill levels and set the program up to present as many rapid-fire questions in 60 seconds as can be answered. It’s free and has ads, but for a small upgrade fee, there are harder problems available.