Age level: Early Elementary, Upper Elementary
Description: As I’ve written in previous entries, Motion Math is one of my favorite app companies. They put out high quality math apps that are both educational and entertaining for students. In Match, the player matches values in order to collect tiles. Play becomes more difficult as the game progresses and allows the learner to practice matching as well as basic number operations.
Skills & Modifications: There are several math skills practiced in this game. Because it is an app, it is difficult to modify it to meet your particular learner’s needs. However, there are aspects to the game that are ideal for working with learners with autism or other developmental disabilities. For instance, as the game progresses, more cards are entered into the field of view. But if the learner can’t find a match, cards are slowly removed, making the field smaller and increasing the likelihood that the learner will find the match. It’s simple designs such as this that make apps accessible for a wide range of learners!
- Addition/Subtraction/Multiplication/Division – The game allows you to select addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division challenges. It’s fantastic as a free-time or leisure activity for practicing one of these basic operations. I wish there were a level of mixed operations for students to choose from, but otherwise, it provides great practice with these skills.
- Matching – I love that this game focuses on multiple levels of matching. For example, in some instances the player will be required to simply match one number to another, such as matching 2 to 2. In other instances the player can match two items such as 1+3 and 4. And in more complex instances, the player might match two items such as 1+7 and 3+5. It’s wonderful that it varies the types of matching and provides lots of opportunities for the learner to fully understand the concept of matching in math.
Pros: You are able to save multiple games, so more than one learner can play and save their progress across several weeks or months. It provides excellent practice for basic operations. Gameplay is easy to learn, and many of my learners can play this independently, offering a fantastic independent task using the iPad. If your learner is motivated by the iPad or by this app in particular, it is an excellent tool for practicing basic math skills.
Cons: I don’t have any cons for this app. It’s focuses solely on basic operations skills and does this well.
Cost: $2.99 You should invest in this game if: you are an elementary math teacher, you are a parent seeking fun ways to practice basic operations, or you are looking for functional ways to use the iPad or other tablets with your learner.