## Five Life Skills You Can Learn From Video Games

You’ve probably noticed the video game industry taking over the world. Digital games are now ubiquitous: they’re on our laptops, our tablets and cell phones, even on planes. In 2013 over 58% of Americans played video games and it’s predicted that in 2015 worldwide video game market revenue will reach \$70.1 billion. While video games […]

## Multiplication Games

One of the best way to teach multiplication is with games, be they virtual or physical.  One of our third-grade episodes, A Spinning Table, lets kids pull a lever and WHOOSH!!!!!  Some of the numbers fly off as the table spins.  Students are asked to fill in the missing numbers, a fun way to reinforce their multiplication […]

## How Do You Get To Ten?

By playing counting games with different types or colors of objects, you are preparing your kindergartens for addition.  With our String A Bead episode, children start with an empty string and various beads.  They are the asked to put a specific number of beads on the string.  But, here is the fun part – they […]

## Exploring Symmetry

Exploring symmetry lines can be a fun, yet challenging lesson for fourth-graders.   Using manipulatives can really help students to internalize the concept.  When kids play our episode Symmetry Lines, they have the opportunity to draw on shapes and discover if they are symmetrical or not. If you don’t have a computer in class, you can check out […]

## Technology’s Potential In Schools

The findings of the recent OECD report, New Approach Needed To Deliver On Technology’s Potential In Schools, is concerning, but not unexpected.  If computers and tablets are being used to present ‘gamified’ worksheets or as passive ebook readers, then it is not surprising that they fail to make any positive impact on students. Once upon […]

## Comparisons

Understanding comparisons is key to a kindergarten student.  This core principle lays the foundation for many mathematical concepts that will follow.  Our game, Busy As A Bee can help you illustrate this lesson.   If you don’t have a computer in class, you can make these adorable comparison alligators from PreK+K Sharing and use.  Not […]

## Fraction Games!

Fractions are a very important skill in mathematics. Unfortunately, many kids have a lot of difficulty with the concept. No worries, just check out The Monster’s Share from Matific to help your students to master fractions easily. If you don’t have a computer in class, you can create this fraction hopscotch from Resourceaholic and give […]

## Skip Counting

Skip counting builds a strong foundation for multiplication. The students can solve simple multiplication using skip counting. For example, two multiplied by four is the same as two counted 4 four times which equals eight. You can teach skip counting in many ways, and Matific has a great game, Ahoy!, with which kids can explore […]

## Commutative Property

The Commutative Property is very important, but sometimes can be a difficult topic to grasp. If students have trouble understanding the concept, Matific has a great episode ‘A Balancing Act’ that children can use for further practice. If you don’t have a computer in class, you can use paint as an alternative to demonstrate the […]

## Graphing and Statistics

Graphs are a huge part of math, and can be used to cover many different topics and concepts. Check out Matific’s ‘Graph and Release.’ Kids use graphs to gather all sorts of statistics on the fish in the tank. If you don’t have a computer in class, check out this great idea from Math Coach’s […]