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Students help characters Buzz and Delete rebuild 3–D houses with this app of 2–D geometric shapes.
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Students play a maze game with marbles as they practice mental math.
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This app provides a great understanding of number sense at all elementary levels.
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Students have fun with this interactive game as they learn the number line and develop math logic
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This award-winning Splash Math app contains a variety of number sense activities

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The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has as one of the main standards under Numbers and Operations that elementary students should: "understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems." In summary, students should have "number sense."

Common Core Standards for elementary school math related to number sense include concepts such as place value, number relationships, grouping in tens and ones, geometric shapes and reasoning related to those shapes, area arrays, lines and angles, data interpretation, and many others—depending on the grade level related to specific standards.

Additional math standards such as measurement, fractions, and decimals are also in the Common Core Math Standards. These are highlighted in other elementary collections on this site (i.e., Fractions & Decimals and Money & Measurement).

This collection of apps supports the development and reinforcement of number sense in elementary age students. The concepts showcased in this area include items such as the understanding of: place value, the base–ten number system, counting, equivalency, the number line, and negative numbers, etc..

There are many excellent apps to support number sense at the elementary school level, and it is difficult to highlight only five. But, we have shared some of our favorite apps here in this collection.

Two of the top series of math apps are Everyday Mathematics and Splash Math. Both publishers have a large assortment of quality apps, and two of those apps are included in this collection. In Everyday Math's Monster Squeeze, two students compete in a number line game. In Splash Math's 3rd Grade Math Worksheets Game, there is a huge variety of activities focusing on a wide range of math concepts.

Motion Math Zoom is a very fun way to make abstract number line concepts concrete through the activities it provides. Marble Math is an engaging maze game in which students develop logical thinking and mental math strategies. In Cyberchase 3D Builder, students develop spatial concepts as they use 2–dimensional shapes to construct three dimensional objects.

Learning math can be a positive experience, especially when there are so many great apps to help teach and reinforce the mathematical concepts. What better way to help make the abstract more concrete, provide instruction on mathematical concepts, and provide lots of practice and fun activities related to those concepts than with using apps?

Yes, learning math can be fun, and these are some of the great math apps that can make that happen!

Comments & Suggestions Have a suggestion for an educational app for this category you think we should feature? Let us know.

  • Jeff Durso:

    You should check out "Native Numbers" - it is based on deep research into Number Sense from the 1990's (see RightStart); and it is a complete mastery based curriculum (vs morsel style app).

  • Erika Kerekes:

    Thanks for the suggestion, Jeff - we will pass it on to the expert curating this category

  • Eric Braun:

    I agree that Native Numbers should be added. It is very well designed and focuses on building a truly solid foundation in math.

  • Joey:

    Please check out Mystery Math Town www.mysterymathtown. Math practice integrated with a rich, immersive game experience Multiple user accounts - create your own avatar Customizable math skills (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Varied Number Representations) for each player Players develop math thought by building equations, not just tapping answers Bonus challenges for extended gameplay Unique rewards reveal characters and backstory Requires strategy and critical thinking Thanks!

  • Joey:

    Please check out Mystery Math Town www.mysterymathtown. Math practice integrated with a rich, immersive game experience Multiple user accounts - create your own avatar Customizable math skills (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Varied Number Representations) for each player Players develop math thought by building equations, not just tapping answers Bonus challenges for extended gameplay Unique rewards reveal characters and backstory Requires strategy and critical thinking Thanks!

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