UMiGO, short for “You Make It Go,” is a free math website for first and second graders, kids ages 6 and 7. It’s an inventive combination of video stories with games embedded within the narrative. UMiGO calls this “appisodes.” The website provides lessons and practice in problem solving and early math skills such as: measurement, addition, skip counting, 2D shapes,and greater than / less than — perfect for avoiding the summer slide. Children unlock the content and get access to more games and music.
UMiGO Free Math Website
In the UMiGO measurement appisode, the friends want to ride a roller coaster at the amusement park. They’re disappointed to learn they are not the required four feet tall. Just to be sure, they decide to check how tall they are. First they use one person’s feet, then another’s and get different results. These measuring parts are mini-games for kids.
The friends realize that they need a standard foot that is the same. So they get a ruler and measure again — this is another mini-game.
The narrative goes on to fix the broken roller coaster (more games and story) which they finally get to ride.
All the math skills are aligned with the Common Core Standards for Mathematics for the first and second grades.
I like the way the video story has games in it that seems to ratchet up the understanding as kids gain new understanding but I dislike that you can’t start where your skills are. In other words, there isn’t an assessment that starts you at a middle or harder level, nor can you choose your levels. My daughter didn’t like this aspect either — but she really liked the stories in the appisodes. But, she really wanted to find out what would happen so she kept playing even when it was too easy or boring.
Also, the appisodes have a slow loading time so be patient. When they do load, the quality of graphics and video is excellent.
The website’s songs I don’t love because that you can’t fast forward through the videos if you want. Also, the resolution for the songs is pixilated and the credits are way too long. Skip these. I don’t think they really teach as well as the appisodes do.
I should mention about the feedback in the game when kids make mistakes. The first time wrong, all the answers light up. The second time, the right answer lights up. This is helpful support for most kids — some kids will use it to just get through to the next level. I think it depends on the child.
Overall, UMiGO is a good website for 1st and 2nd graders who need some fun and entertainment with their math work.
This post is made possible by support from UMIGO. All opinions are my own.