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# What math skills should educational games cover for kids age 8 and up?

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Educational games that build skills related to math curriculum requirements for children 8 and older should include practice with arithmetic and other number concepts dealing with relationships between numbers. This practice may include working with concepts of money, time, percentages and number values to include decimals and negative numbers.

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As of 2015, not all states required the same skills for math at the same time. However, the Common Core provided a curriculum of math skills expected of students at different stages based on the educational needs and cognitive development of children. This curriculum outlines a guide for determining math skills to practice with educational games at different ages. Based on this curriculum, by the age of 8, children should be skilled with concepts related to arithmetic, multiplication and fractions.

When students move beyond second grade, they are expected to master concepts of number operations, algebra and geometry. By the end of middle school, students are expected to be able to work with properties of distribution of numbers, basic probability and descriptive statistics. These skills then build in high school, where students are expected to be able to work with higher level algebraic expressions and use the calculation of probability to make decisions.

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