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Five apps for boosting middle school math skills

DragonBox+Algebra

dragonboxalgebra5_smallGrade range: 4-8

What is it? Mesmerizing, step-by-step puzzler sets the foundation for algebra.

Pros: A truly elegant design integrates entertainment and instruction so seamlessly that playing = learning.

Cons: Some levels might be hard to solve without hints.

Bottom line: This innovative game-changer teaches algebra, changes the way kids learn it, and even changes how they feel about it.

Full review: http://www.graphite.org/app/dragonbox-algebra

 

Motion Math: Pizza!

motionmath-pizzaGrade range: 4-8

What is it? Serving up valuable economics lessons with an extra helping of fun.

Pros: The challenges and rewards of running a successful business will empower kids and keep them engaged.

Cons: Could use more instructions and hints for kids who need extra guidance.

Bottom line: Fantastic math game gives kids a taste of what’s needed to run a profitable business.

Full review: http://www.graphite.org/app/motion-math-pizza

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