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Jungle Geometry

Jungle Geometry

Spring 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 7 - 11 yrs.
Developer: Jungle Education
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad

Jungle Geometry is an app that covers a wide range of geometry topics, from beginning shape identification suitable for preschoolers up to middle school and pre-algebra math concepts of shapes, angles, and lines. The graphics feature a colorful jungle theme with accompanying sound effects, and children can choose a favorite jungle animal (or none) to display during play. Parents can create user accounts for individual children and customize the level for each child. Players can switch from topic to topic at will, and the game offers congratulations for every successful five-problem streak. The game contains fully manipulable rulers and protractors so that measurement stays simple even when the concepts are advanced.

Though considerably more interesting (and slightly less frustrating) than textbook exercises, this is an educational tool, not a game, and children are likely to need encouragement if this is used to advance struggling learners. The juvenile design will appeal most to preschoolers and early elementary students, especially young math-lovers who want to explore exciting new topics.

The range of subjects covered is impressive—polygons up to decagons as well as parallelograms and trapezoids, supplementary and complementary angles, and other topics generally reserved for middle school math. Young math lovers and trivia geeks will find this to be a fun resource to get ahead if they haven't covered anything this interesting yet in 2nd or 3rd grade. However, as a tool for middle or high school remedial math work, this app would be too juvenile—8 years old is probably the upper limit for this app's audience.

Emily Crawford   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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