- part-whole relationships
- problem solving
- thinking critically
Key Standards Supported
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
|1.OA: Add And Subtract Within 20.|
|1.OA.6||Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).|
|Understand And Apply Properties Of Operations And The Relationship Between Addition And Subtraction.|
|1.OA.3||Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract.3 Examples: If 8 + 3 = 11 is known, then 3 + 8 = 11 is also known. (Commutative property of addition.) To add 2 + 6 + 4, the second two numbers can be added to make a ten, so 2 + 6 + 4 = 2 + 10 = 12. (Associative property of addition.)|
|Work With Addition And Subtraction Equations.|
|1.OA.8||Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each of the equations 8 + ? = 11, 5 = � – 3, 6 + 6 = �.|
|2.OA: Add And Subtract Within 20.|
|2.OA.2||Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.2 By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.|
|3.OA: Represent And Solve Problems Involving Multiplication And Division.|
|3.OA.1||Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7.|
|4.OA: Use The Four Operations With Whole Numbers To Solve Problems.|
|4.OA.1||Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5. Represent verbal statements of multiplicative comparisons as multiplication equations.|
ProsKids may almost forget they're practicing math as they focus on capturing the villains.
ConsThe stage-setting story and directions are all text (no voice instruction), so kids need to be able to read or have text read to them.
Bottom LineCool superheroes, a great story, and lots of ways to personalize the learning make this math app a blast to play either solo or with others.
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An engaging comic-book story at the beginning of first-time play immediately draws kids into the game. This app, with its great sound effects and fun superhero characters, can be played solo, or kids can play together as a superhero team.
Math problems are built directly into gameplay, and five levels help adapt play to kids' current skills. Hints help if a kid gets stuck, and players are given the option to "discard" and try another combination.
The tutorial is presented in two ways -- step-by-step written instructions with images or interactive, as if the kid is playing the game (recommended). The game offers lots of hints.
Numbers League is a math practice app that revolves around an exciting superhero mission. Villains (creatures, not humans) are roaming the town, and number heroes must capture them by matching combinations of numbers to each villain's Kryptonite-like digit that renders them powerless. The baddies land in jail in this completely non-violent superhero vs. bad guys game. In the practice round tutorial, kids create their personal hero and begin to understand how the game works. Another tutorial option simply explains the game in text and images. The practice round is highly recommended, especially for kids at the younger age recommended for this app. Kids can play solo or take turns with some of their classmates, each of whom (up to four) can have their own superhero avatar.
Kids make a hero by combining superhero head, body, and feet sections, where each part has a certain numerical value. A full compiled hero's value is the sum of its body parts, and they'll attack villains with the same number. Different strategies throughout the process can be used to attain the villain's target number, such as adding multiple heroes' sums. There are also "simple devices" that can be attached to the heroes to give them extra mathematical abilities.Read More Read Less
Playing the game, younger kids practice basic arithmetic and mental math. Older kids can play a more challenging game including negative numbers and multiplication, depending on which level is chosen (1-5). Once kids understand the game, Numbers League is so much fun that kids revel in practicing math to rid the city of its villain problem. As a result, they're learning an even bigger math lesson: that using numbers can solve real-life problems (even though in this game the "real life" problems involve masked superheroes and silly bad guys).
Each round begins with a newspaper showing the player's name in its headlines with a motivational caption. Players tap on that headline to start and create heroes to defeat villains. The levels progress in difficulty so that by the last level, players are using sophisticated math skills to defeat the baddies. Kids must use logic to figure out which new heroes to build, because they can only carry seven heroes at a time within the game. When kids have captured all the villains, the game is over. This sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is; however, it's crucial that kids read the traditional tutorial or play the interactive tutorial (recommended method) before playing the game the first time. There are also many explanation tabs throughout the game and hints if a kid gets stuck.Read More Read Less