Reviews and Awards
We are pleased to tell you that our Traffic Lights app has been reviewed by the Educational App Store and awarded an EAS Certification of 5 Stars and EAS Recommended Status. Furthermore, they have reviewed this app as a fantastic resource for learning.
How to Play
The Traffic Lights game is a great way to give your child an understanding of place value at the same time as helping them to develop logical thinking.
The app chooses a secret number and the player has only six guesses to find it. The Traffic Light clues show that the guess has:
- GREEN: The right digit in the right place of the secret number
- ORANGE: The right digit, but in the wrong place of the secret number
- RED: The wrong digit and so not anywhere in the secret number
There are three levels, using 4-digit, 5-digit and 6-digit secret numbers. Just as you feel safe at one level, it’s time to go on to the next.
A Rationale for using the app
When we first devised the Traffic Lights game, we played it with a High School class at Kulkarriya Community school, situated on the banks of the Fitzroy River deep in the heart of Western Australia. We were looking for a way to make the spoken use of large numbers have a purpose and found that, after initial difficulties had been cleared up, the students were fluent in their ability to write down and say a 4-digit number as they guessed what the secret number might be.
Once we had fixed the rules, the game soon became a favourite with the class and was often used as a quick warm-up to a maths lesson.
In the classroom
The Traffic Lights program supports the Year 3 and Year 4 statements for number recognition in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. In the lesson plan given below, you will see how the app can be used for a Mental Routine and as a Game to develop number sense.
This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Released: 30 August 2011
Size: 14.9 MB
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
This product can also be used as a resource for the classroom. The following lesson plan and activity may help you to make the most of the product with a group of students or the whole class.Download Lesson Plan