After completing the first 20 levels you move on from the green levels to the blue levels. In the blue levels you are introduced to an added twist, along with the levels being increasingly challenging. The twist is that you are introduced to boxes that have normal numbers (like normal from the green levels) but, one of the boxes will also have a +/- *insert number here* (usually 2) in the bottom left corner. This means that when you select that number it will decrease by that number or increase by that number. So for example if you had four number 4 boxes in a row with one that had the +/- 2 on the bottom left corner and selected them to decrease them once, three of the boxes would become 3 and the special box would become 2. If you wanted to increase them once three of them would be 5 and the special box would be 6. Now, if you were to decrease the boxes twice, you would get all four boxes to 2 because the special box cannot decrease by any more than that because, if it were to decrease again the box would be at 0 which is not a number it can be in the game. If you were to increase twice you would get three of the boxes to be 6 and the special box to be 8. And, if you were to increase the boxes three times you would get three of the boxes to be 7 but the special box would stay at 8 because it cannot be increased by 2 more than that because you would then be at 10, which is not a number a box in this game can be. You can see this more clearly in the pictures below! This adds in another extra challenge into the mix because you have to be very cautious as to which boxes you should be selecting with the special box in order to get the results you need. Also, as you move up in the blue levels you get two of the special boxes which makes things even more challenging!
This is the starting box for all of the following!
If you were to decrease once:
If you were to decrease twice:
If you were to increase once:
If you were to increase twice:
I really enjoyed playing this game! It was a fun little break from my normal hectic school work and a time where I just got to sit down and logically think of numbers and how to solve problems again (something an early childhood education major doesn’t get to do everyday). In regard to this game as being a teacher and possibly having my future students play it, I’m not too sure if it’s very helpful. Yes, it does teach valuable problem solving skills but, I feel like if I did more research I would probably find a more useful game that also taught that skill. Mathematically it doesn’t require you to be able to do anything either really, besides basic counting. So depending on the grade I’m teaching this game might be useful. I would really only use it in a kindergarten or first grade room, and only for a short amount of time. I would only have my students complete two to three levels a day on it because I could feel myself getting bored with it after that, and therefore I can conclude that five and six year olds are not going to sit down and play the entire game. Overall, I really did enjoy playing this game and think that you all should go and check it out for yourself! The website it’s on (coolmathgames.com) also has hundreds of resources that are all amazing for bringing technology into how you can teach math!