Avoiding the Speed Round

How to Avoid the Speed Round when Playing Addimal Adventure

While many kids love the task of beating the Professor Possum in the Speed Round (including an entire classroom of excited First Graders we visited yesterday at Brooklyn Arbor School), we wanted to share a tip for using Addimals with younger students (PreK, Kindergarteners) and with students who feel anxious during the timed Speed Round.

To skip the Speed Round:

Students should press the Home button during the “Blocks Won” screen (which appears right after the Tool Round ends) and then tap the Stop Sign. Students will be brought back to the Splash Screen where they can find their profile and begin playing a new Tool Round.


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Instructional Video: Count on Larger Addend

In our first video, we showed you how to introduce the Count On strategy using the Addimal Adventure app. For example, 2 + 3 can be solved by starting with “2” then counting on three more: “3, 4, 5”.

An even more efficient way to count on is to always start with the larger addend, even if it’s the second addend.  To do this, we encourage kids to first choose the bigger number then count on from there. To solve 2 + 6, we can start with “6” and count on just two more, “7, 8”.

In this video, watch how you can use the same app to encourage counting on from the larger addend.

Common Core standards: K.CC.A.2; K.OA.A.1; K.OA.A.2; 1.OA.C.6


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Instructional Video: Using Doubles

Research shows that doubles facts, like 2+2 and 4+4 are amongst the first addition facts kids learn. In this week’s instructional video, find out how you can help your students learn to use doubles to solve near doubles problems, like 3+2 and 4+5.  Watch how the Addimal Adventure app makes this process visual and easy for kids to understand.


Common Core standards: K.OA.A.3; 1.OA.C.6

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Instructional Video: Near Tens Problems

Your students have mastered early addition strategies. Now what?


In this instructional video, learn how you can use the Addimal Adventure app to teach a mini-lesson on using combinations of ten to help solve problems like 8+3 and 9+2.


Common Core standards: K.OA.A.4; 1.OA.C.6


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Instructional Video: Count On Strategy

We’re launching a new series of instructional videos to help you think about how you can use apps to introduce math skills and strategies to your students. New videos will be posted each week.


Do you have students in your kindergarten, first or second grade who continue to count one-by-one on their fingers when they add? Making the switch to Counting On when adding can be really hard for kids!


In our first video, find out how to use the Addimal Adventure app to teach the Count On strategy.


Common Core standards: K.OA.A.2; 1.OA.C.6


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