Product Review of Dragon Shapes – Lumio Geometry Challenge (Full Version)
It should be easy to use Dragon Shapes: Geometry Challenge in the classroom, although if you do, you’ll need to use your own method for tracking progress. The game would work well as an exploration tool during a geometry unit. As kids learn about shapes, have them complete a level on their own. Then discuss the level as a class, making a group list of shape attributes as part of the discussion. Challenge kids to create their own tangram puzzles to share with their classmates.
Dragon Shapes: Geometry Challenge is a set of interactive puzzles that teaches kids early geometry concepts while touching on some important Common Core math standards. As they work on tangram-style puzzles, kids learn attributes of shapes, including triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons, trapezoids, pentagons, and rhombi. The puzzles help kids develop spatial awareness and an understanding of geometric relationships. In Level 1, for example, kids have to rotate triangles to form squares. This reinforces the idea that moving shapes doesn’t change their attributes, and that small shapes can form larger composite shapes. Kids also learn about right angles and parallel and perpendicular sides. The puzzles are an exciting and interactive way for kids to build strong geometry and problem-solving skills.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Colorful puzzles challenge and engage kids as they work to save the village dragon.
Curriculum and Instruction
Tangram-style puzzles promote learning beyond basic geometry concepts. Kids build spatial awareness and problem-solving skills. Puzzles increase in difficulty as kids progress through the four levels.
Kids get plenty of encouragement, and they can access hints as they play.