Friday, January 11, 2013
Ten Hood River students placed in the top 10 in the Northern Oregon Sumdog mathematics contest.
“Sumdog” (www.sumdog.com) is a free online math contest where students play math games that are designed to improve mental math fluency at grades 1-8.
They focus on number and operation skills and algebra, according to Jane Osborne, K-12 math coach for Hood River County School District.
“It’s great to see kids excited to play math games and become more fluent while having fun,” Osborne said.
For a second year in a row, Ben Fick, a fifth-grader at Westside Elementary, took first place in the math contest.
Ben answered 975 questions correctly.
Also placing were Jayston Pierce, Westside fifth-grader; Poppy Miller, May Street fourth-grader; Dylan Santee, Westside fourth-grader; Payton Bunch, Westside fifth-grader; Maverick Geller, Westside fifth-grader; Clayton Lee, Westside fifth-grader; Josue Martinez, Mid Valley fourth-grader; Hailey Betts, May Street fourth-grader, and Ayden Smith, fifth-grader at Westside.
These students answered about 1,000 questions correctly during the contest. More than 624 students participated in the five-day contest in December.
Most of the games are multiplayer, letting students around the world practice their math against one another. There are more than 20 different games to choose from.
Sumdog adapts the questions to each student’s ability. Although the games are all different, they all have one thing in common: You need to answer math questions to make progress.
“The more questions they answer correctly, the more students will progress in games,” Osborne said. “Each game can be used to practice any of Sumdog’s math topics — so you never need to be bored while practicing your math!”
The top-scoring students are from Westside, Mid Valley and May Street Elementary Schools.
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