According to a report by Common Sense Media, tweens spend about 6 hours every day on social media and apps. Most of this time probably isn’t educational, but it could be. Here are five of the best math apps for middle school students.
For the student who enjoys fantasy worlds in video games, Prodigy just might be one of the best math apps out there. To start the game, you need to create a wizard avatar. Then, choose the world you want to explore. By choosing the same one as friends or classmates, you can play with people you know.
Once you’ve started the game, you can complete wizard battles by answering math questions. The questions are based on grade level up to 8th grade. The questions also provide tutorials if you get them wrong or need assistance.
For a free math game, it offers a fun, interactive experience that helps you review and learn new math concepts.
Dragon Box Algebra 12+
Although it’s the most expensive app on the list at $7.99, the Dragon Box Algebra 12+ app is a great option for students 12-17 years old. It’s marketed as “an inexpensive algebra tutor that fits in your pocket.” There are over 300 puzzles to complete, and each chapter includes a new dragon. As you answer questions, you watch your dragon hatch and grow. Some of the topics that the puzzles cover include adding fractions, factorization, substitution, and more.
iTooch Middle School Math 6-8
Edupad has created numerous apps for students based on the U.S. National Common Core Standards. The math app, which costs $5.99, was created by middle school teachers and contains over 1,000 exercises. The topics vary depending on the grade of your student. Some of the topics include numbers and operations, algebraic structures, data analysis, graphs, geometry, functions, properties and operations, statistics, and probability.
Monkey in the Middle Math
The Monkey in the Middle Math app is also based on the Common Core standards and offers games and online tutorials. Throughout the process, students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade can learn more about multiplication, negative numbers, order of operations, graphs, radicals, exponents, fractions, linear equations, median and mean, and more. You can download the app for free or get the bundle for $1.99.
Operation Math Code Squad
One of the reasons that students love Operation Math Code Squad is that they can work with others. When used in the classroom, teachers group several students together to solve equations. The game keeps students engaged as they work to quickly disarm Dr. Odd’s devices. Although the app costs $2.99, it’s one that you can play with your student or that your middle schooler can play with friends.
When it comes to choosing one of the best math apps for your child, it’s important to find something that your child will want to use. These math apps have a great balance of education and entertainment value that will help your child master math topics that they may be struggling with—while having fun in the process.