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Diving Off the Coral Reef of Integers


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MSRP: $21.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category:General Games

This educational game provides players with practice in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of positive and negative whole numbers necessary for success in higher-level mathematics concepts, especially Algebra. The game can be played at three levels of difficulty. The game includes a 17-1/2" (44.5cm) game board, playing cards at three levels of play, dice, pawns and a guide with cross curricular activities for science and social studies in relation to the importance of coral reefs to ecology around the world. It can be played by 2 to 4 players.

Featured in:Games and Puzzles (1/1/2006)
Toys in Motion: Educational Toys

TDmonthly Review:

What Is It?
Itís a board game that deals in math, but very specific math: adding and subtracting integers, positive and negative integers. For those who donít remember what an integer is, or, more importantly, what a negative integer is, this is the game for you. And, itís definitely the game for kids first learning about them. It has a colorful undersea-inspired board with a bubble route that leads to a treasure chest. Up to six ďdiversĒ (cool colored plastic game pieces) start at the top. In the easiest incarnation of the game, players roll three dice (one red, one white, one blue) and form an equation. If the answer is a positive number, the player moves forward accordingly. A negative number: back. First person to the treasure chest wins.
What We Thought
Okay, this is a game for ages 8 and up and my sonís 7, but heís pretty darn good at math (and weíve done negative numbers for a couple years now), so we thought weíd give it a try. First, we talked about the cool underwater stuff (he just got back from Hawaii and has been seeing this stuff for real). We then started the game. He was green, and I was blue. He rolled the dice and made the equation. Negative number. I rolled the dice and got a negative number. This went on for awhile, and we got a little frustrated, but finally, he got a positive number, and we were on our way. It took a little skull work, and a long time (too many negative numbers), but we finally came to a final equation showdown. I got the negative solution, and my son got the positive and won.
Why Theyíll Want It
Itís an excellent primer for adding and subtracting negative and positive numbers; a fun way to learn. Unfortunately, for us, there was more going backwards than forwards. Thereís a level 2 and level 3 (for more sophisticated players). These are decks of equations (with the answers on the backs). Rather than two term equations, there were three term equations, and the upper level added multiplication and division. This should be useful for a number of learning years to come. All in all itís a fun game and keeps the mind sharp, but there could be a few more twists and turns on the board. Itís definitely unique for what it does.
-- TDmonthly Staff, 4/24/06

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 6546      (added 1/11/2006)

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