Five Good and Free Android Apps for Elementary School Math Practice
Over on iPadApps4School.com I recently published a list of apps for elementary school math practice. Not to leave out the Android users, I’ve put together this short list of free Android apps for practicing elementary school math skills.
10monkeys is an Android app that elementary school students will enjoy using to practice their multiplication skills. The premise of the game is that students have to free the monkeys by correctly answering multiplication questions as quickly as possible. Students earn points for accuracy and speed. As students progress through the game they progress through the multiplication tables of two through ten. The last level mixes up problems from all of the previous levels. 10monkeys provides multiplication tables as references for students to use when they get stuck on a level.
Math Duel is an Android app that two players can use at the same time on the same Android tablet. The game features a split screen with two number pads facing in opposite directions. When the game starts each player is presented with a math problem to solve. The game have different levels, but each player is shown a problem of the same difficulty level.
Math Mate is a free game for testing your mathematics skills. The game has two modes; “practice” and “challenge.” The challenge mode times you and gives you a rank compared to other players. There are three levels for each mode; easy, medium, and hard. The easy level is mostly addition and subtraction. The medium level is primarily multiplication. The hard level has more difficult multiplication and division problems.
Visual Math is a free Android app designed to help pre-K and Kindergarten students learn to recognize numbers. The app contains a series of matching, comparison, and pattern recognition activities. Some of the activities that children can try are comparing numbers on a number line, choosing the number that is missing from a series, and simply picking the number that represents the number of objects shown on a card.
Fresh Pick is a free Android app from PBS Kids. The app is based on the popular PBS web series Fizzy’s Lunch Lab. The purpose of the app is to challenge students’ math and problem solving skills. The app contains eight challenges for students to try. Students can go through the challenges in any order that they like. The eight challenges for students are Buying Groceries, Grocery Mapping, Neighborhood Mapping, Pantry Hunt, Fizzy’s Invention, Customer Change, Find Freddy, and Food Matcher. Of the eight challenges in Fresh Pick there are two that immediately stand out for classroom use. Those two are Buying Groceries and Customer Change. In Buying Groceries students are given a budget and they have to choose foods that match the budget. Customer Change asks students to make correct change.