Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Baseball Multiplication 1 - 6
Grade Recommendation: 3rd - 5th
Specific Skill: Multiplication
For iPad, iPod, or Both: Both
This is yet another app developed by the McGraw-Hill Companies. It compliments their Everyday Mathematics series; some students may find it quite familiar.
This particular version of the app multiplies numbers 1 - 6. A separate version exists for numbers 1 - 12.
The object is to correctly multiply number pairs in order to score points. The app is set up as a 3-inning baseball game. The player with the highest score at the end of the game is the winner.
After choosing a representative color, the first player touches the pitcher. The pitcher 'throws' a multiplication problem. The batter then uses the keypad to input the product. With a correct answer, the batter's 'hit' is based on the product.
1 - 10 = Single
12 - 16 = Double
18 - 20 = Triple
24 - 36 = Home run
An incorrect answer garners a strike; 3 strikes and you're out! But the umpire may also call a batter out or the ball may be caught, also resulting in an out. It's then the next player's turn.
A comprehensive tutorial is included. Students can also choose to turn on the 'Guided Play' option.
In general, I'm not a big fan of the Everyday Mathematics apps. But due to the two-player format and fun task, I do recommend this one.