Title: Mighty Maths
Publisher: Iona Software
Age range: 5 - 9 years
(Senior Infants - Fourth Class)
Subject Area: Mathematics
System Required: Windows
3.1, Windows '95 or later. Mac System 7.0.1 or higher
Ability to click and drag on a mouse. Ability to recognise numbers 1 -
10. Understanding of the value 1 - 10. Experience of jigsaw making to
allow for matching shapes. Familiarity with the names of basic shapes,
knowledge of colour and experience in grouping objects is required.
Manual / Instructions:
The manual accompanying this package is clearly written. The teacher notes
give the maths levels and topics for each of the five areas covered. Integration
ideas are very useful and maths goals are clearly outlined.
Other materials provided:
Classroom activities are suggested as well as reproducible worksheets
and cartoon characters suitable for notice boards. There are also excellent
ideas for integrating topics covered on he computer with classroom-based
maths and other curricular areas.
Design and Navigation:
The software is child friendly - very easy to use.
Overview of teaching with
this title: Carnival Countdown is a maths software package based on
a Carnival theme. There are five activities. As a child succeeds at a
level he automatically moves on to the next level. The activities consist
- An explore mode which encourages
creativity and investigation
- A question mode, which allows
- The maths topics covered
include Sets, ranging from sorting and classifying by one attribute
to intersection and subsets.
- The next areas covered are
addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. At the simplest
level there is counting 1 - 10 while the most advanced consists of division
of 24 or less into 2 - 8 groups.
- Another area covered is
geometry. This begins with matching and manipulating shapes to fractions,
symmetry, area and design.
of >, < and = is explored. The concept of place value is used to compare
Mighty maths Carnival countdown was rated as a highly effective teaching-
tool for Junior, Senior and First Class. Transference of information
is very positive. It is also suitable for recording pupil progress.
Follow up activities in the manual provides effective reinforcement
for the programme. The pupil receives positive responses from the
programme and hints are given when the student has difficulty. Once
the adult has enabled the option the child will return to the programme
where he / she has last exited. However, there is no record of how
effectively the student has completed an activity. The exploration
mode needed close supervision by the teacher to avoid the students
paying aimlessly with the tools and characters.
This title was evaluated with a group of Firs Class pupils and there
were at least four levels that were compatible with the Irish Curriculum
for First Class. The teacher found the package useful to reinforce
work carried out in class.
This title integrated well with a cross section of subjects. Carnival
cars which deals with sets can be followed up in Art class with colouring
integrated sets. In Geography sets of countries (maritime / coastal
etc) can be explored. In English the introduction of the particular
maths language can be given while in singing the Sesame Street Song
"One of These Things" etc can be taught. Classroom work is essential
prior to the introduction of this software for effective learning
to occur. Pre- work should be similar to that experienced on the computer.
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