This gem of a site came to my attention at the very end of this school year, which was when I needed it the most. My first graders were so squirrely that I was having trouble getting them to focus on just about anything. When I heard that several teachers at my school were having success using Sumdog with their classes, I jumped right on the bandwagon.
It was all but several minutes before I had created my free account, set up student user names and passwords, and had them diving into the games. I had NEVER seen my students so engaged in math, or any website for that matter, all year! I think what makes Sumdog so exciting for the students is that they can play against one another since many of the games are multi-player. There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to get kids enthused about learning, right?!
|My first graders engrossed in Sumdog.|
Not only is this site super engaging, it gives kids great practice with various math skills and fact fluency. Sumdog covers over 100 skills split into 10 levels of difficulty. Teachers can set the topics and challenges they want their students to complete or let them have free reign. Teachers can also track their students’ progress with the various skills.
Trust me when I say that this site is super user friendly and well worth the several minutes it takes to set up your class. I’m sure you could use Sumdog with any elementary grade, whether it’s in the computer lab, in a center, or if the students wish to play it at home. Needless to say, I plan on using Sumdog with my fourth graders this coming school year.