Take advantage of the power of your mobile device to help your elementary school student practice math. Math apps are designed to be powerful, yet engaging. They often can provide motivation for drill and practice that traditional paper-and-pencil activities cannot. Check out this selection!
Practice Basic Computation
Math Vs. Zombies
Kok Leong Tan / Free
Younger elementary students will have a blast saving the world from the Zombie Apocalypse and they may not even notice that they are practicing their basic computation skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to do so.
Each zombie appears with a math question on its forehead. Answer the math fact correctly to destroy the monster. Speed and accuracy count in this fast paced game that will leave kids begging to practice their math facts!iTunes Google Play
Mystery Math Town
Artgig Studio / $3.99
This computation game has a twist-players must actually create equations to match given answers. The game supports multiple player accounts and is fully customizable so teachers and parents can help kids practice with laser focus.
Mystery Math Town provides an immersive gaming experience where the math is fully integrated into the story line. Players can earn tons of recognitions and awards during game play, as well as unlock special tools and ultimately solve the core mystery.iTunes
Freecloud Design, Inc. / $1.99
If your child is looking for an excuse to do math, this app just might do the trick. Players solve problems to build and decorate their very own rockets, then head out into the wilds of outer space on any one of 56 missions.
There are three levels of difficulty, covering everything from addition and subtraction through fractions and square roots. Enjoy the lively sound effects and music, and play with the fun graphics. Teachers and parents will appreciate the ability to create up to five separate player profiles.iTunes
Challenge Problem-Solving Skills
iLiveMath Animals of Africa
iHomeEducator / $4.99
This app (and the others in the series) features dozens of photos and videos about African animals and educational links about the topic. Best of all, though, there are over one million possible randomly-generated related word problems.
Parents and teachers will love that they can choose the level of difficulty between three levels: addition and subtraction with numbers 1-10, multiplication with numbers up to 50, and simple percent, mean, median, mode and range problems using numbers 1 to 10. Accurate work is rewarded with a kid-safe video!iTunes
Thinking Blocks Addition
Math Playground / free
Young children will learn about six styles of problem solving for addition and subtraction in this tutorial app. It’s designed for use with Singapore Math programs, but will be helpful to any child who needs to learn to use modeling strategies to solve story problems.
Modeling is an important skill that allows students to create a visual representation of the information presented in the problem. From the model, kids can devise the equation, and then can solve the math problem. Going from word problem to model to number representation takes a lot of practice and higher order thinking skills, and this app gets the job done. There is also a companion version for older students working on multiplication/division skills.iTunes
Develop Other Math Skills
Pattern Blocks Manipulative
BrainingCamp, LLC / $1.99
Help kids learn about fractions, patterns and tessellations with this geometric wonderland designed for iPads. Each shape is a different color, and the app features a handy triangular grid where shapes easily snap into place. It’s fun just to experiment with the shapes to make cool pictures and designs, but the app can do so much more!
Help students explore concepts such as similarity and congruence, lines of symmetry, and operations with fractions using like and unlike denominators (even division!). The app also allows work with ratios and proportions, and aligns with Common Core math standards and includes some handy teaching ideas and tips.iTunes
Mother Teresa Catholic High School / Free
Math Lands builds place value skills. Each level features some great artwork and challenging problems to try, following directions such as “Place 4 in the 100s place.” Kids will get some great practice with understanding our base ten number system as they play.
Place value concepts are foundational to many other critical math skills, like long division, column addition and subtraction with regrouping, and more. Kids also need to have a good understanding of whole number place value before they begin to learn about decimal fractions place value in or around grade 5. This app will help them get the background they need.iTunes (iPad only)