5th Grade Math Common Core
Encourage children to revise and practise many different topics of maths at year 6 level using this self-contained app. Keep track of their progress with the built in email functionality.
As you can see from its title, this is an app initially designed for the American market. It is aimed at grade 5 children following the USA Common Core curriculum. This makes it broadly equivalent to year 6 in the English school system or Primary 6/7 in the Scottish. The content that is offered in this app is targeted well at this age range, in terms of complexity, but you will find some comparative gaps and some extras between the different curriculums. This shouldn’t be a reason to discount this app as the overlap is substantial with the key elements all covered.
There is a good amount of learning material within the app. Each section has a review part where an onscreen example and explanation is given step by step. An excellent option within the questions, and one that would be nice to see in more apps, is whether the answer is to be given step by step or just the final answer. Less confident students will really benefit from this as they can break their thinking down into stages that are matched by the app. As they become more proficient at this, they will be able to progress to just giving a final answer.
Each of the questions is answered by typing in a response; either a calculated number, or where there is a multiple choice, the number corresponding to the correct option displayed. Answers are given by entering them on a built in keyboard. This is often a much better choice than using the tablet’s own keyboard as it restricts the inputs to only valid ones, and it can avoid the confusion that occurs when the screen becomes obscured by the revealed built in keyboard. Children are supported in reaching their answers by useful diagrams and other visualisation aids.
As well as the more typical maths topics there are also two maths based games. One based on money, using dollars and cents, the other based around fractions and decimals. They are both quite basic in terms of interaction and their looks, but offer a diversion from answering questions in a traditional way. There is also a more general game, although one that requires some thinking, to provide a diversion from studying. The reward for completing the math questions elsewhere in the app is lives to use in this game.
The app does not store scores but when a child chooses to end an exercise they are given their data along with the option to email it. If teachers have set up a suitable email account, this is a good way of keeping track of a class’ progress in a number of different topics. Children will also enjoy surprising their parents with their achievements.
The presentation of this app is a bit less polished than you might be used to and could stand a little improvement. The panel where instructions are given is a little small, meaning that text cannot be spaced as well as would be ideal. A blank line between the short paragraphs shown here would help readability as it would in other areas.
As an app with a purchase price that includes all of its content and does not require any subscription or in app purchase over time, this app is worth considering for revision and checking on educational progress.
From the Developer
In fifth grade math the emphasis is on fractions, decimals and volume: (1) developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions and multiplication and division of fractions and whole numbers, (2) decimal operations to hundredths and whole number division with 2-digit divisors, and (3) volume.
Math Galaxy’s Fifth Grade Common Core Math covers all of the Common Core math standards for fifth grade as listed below.
The concepts are presented in bite-size pieces with an unlimited supply of practice problems, with numbers chosen randomly.
Illustrations are used throughout to reinforce the concepts.
By solving problems students earn robots to use in a maze game, plus there are several other games involving math practice.
Certificates with scores can be emailed to be printed.
NUMBERS AND OPERATIONS IN BASE 10 (5.NBT)
Place Value (5.NBT.1, 5.NBT.3a)
(Whole #s & Decimals)
Comparing Decimals (5.NBT.3b)
Rounding Decimals (5.NBT.4)
Multiplying & Dividing by 10s (5.NBT.2)
Multiplying Whole Numbers (5.NBT.5)
(2-3 Digit, Traditional k& Alternative)
Dividing Whole Numbers (5.NBT.6)
(2-3 Digit Divisors, Traditional k& Alternative)
Decimal Operations (5.NBT.7)
Adding & Subtracting (5.NF.1)
Multiplying Fractions (5.NF.4)
Understanding Fractions as Division (5.NF.3)
Dividing Unit Fractions (5.NF.7)
Dividing Simple Fractions (5.NF.7)
Fraction Word Problems (5.NF.2, 5.NF.6, 5.NF.7c)
Converting Units (5.MD.1)
Cubic Units 1 (5.MD.3, 5.MD.4)
Cubic Units 2 (5.MD.5c)
Missing Side (5.MD.5a, 5b)
Graphing Coordinates (5.G1, 5.G2)
Lines, Angles, & Polygons (5.G.3, 5.G.4)
ALGEBRAIC OPERATIONS (5.OA)
Algebraic Operations (5.OA.1, 5.OA.2)
Algebraic Patterns (5.OA.3)
The Money Trail
Bridge the Swamp (adding, subtracting, multiplying, & dividing fractions and decimals)
Riddles (Length, Area, Volume, & Time - in Measurement section)
Labyrinth (a maze game - robots are earned in exercises.)