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Getting Started

Let’s tell you a little about us first. Growing Math provides ready-to-roll-out lessons and games combining math, agricultural science and social studies that can be easily deployed across in-person, hybrid, and remote classrooms.

We wanted to directly addresses specific problems identified by schools in our investigative study. Specifically, we want to help teachers improve student math skills and history knowledge, all while engaging them and getting them back into class–attendance is key! We also want to help teachers improve student test scores.

Teacher Training
Growing Math provides asynchronous training at no cost for educators. We give you an overview of our resources and a hands-on demo of our games and teacher reports. Taking the training is not required to access the games or reports, but we do recommend it.

In the self-paced asynchronous training, you will see all the games available, be walked through reports, lesson plans and our video library. You’ll also be given a password to access some protected web pages.

The project is led by Dr. AnnMaria De Mars, Executive Director of the Strong Mind Strong Body Foundation and by Juliana Taken Alive, Educational Specialist.

All resources, including games, lesson plans and videos, are available for download or access from links on GrowingMath.org. However, to get fully oriented in teaching with our resources and games, using teacher reports, and receiving tech support, we recommend you take the online, self-paced training. If you run into any problems, send us an email at growingmath@7generationgames.com or use this contact form.

We want your students to be successful and you to avoid further frustration this school year. Educators walk away from training having learned:

  • why cross-curricular Indigenous education is at the forefront of our program.
  • the list of games available for the devices the students use at school or at home.
  • how to register students’ usernames and passwords.
  • how to access our lesson plans, digital resources and video games.
  • the educational content your students will be learning through the hands-on demo.
  • where to find our video library and playlists on our homepage and YouTube.
  • how and where to access teacher reports and the standards assessed by each question.

Click on the link right here or in the top menu on any page to see the latest lessons in order. In the Search bar in the left corner, type in what you’re searching for (e.g. multiplication) to find all lesson plans for that topic.

Why assign usernames and passwords?

Even though some games will allow your students to play offline, we recommend for games that have a login feature that students use it.

  1. The usernames and passwords tracks players’ progress in the game and also, for most games, records the quizzes and responses to answers.
  2. Teachers can look up individual student progress by username.

How do students get usernames and passwords?

  • Teachers usually assign usernames/passwords to students. If your students use a special username for other programs used at your school, they can use that as long as the username is not already in use with 7 Generation Games.
  • If you prefer, we can make a list of usernames and passwords for you. Contact us at growingmath@7generationgames.com. Tell us the name of your school or district and how many students need usernames. We’ll send you a spreadsheet with usernames/passwords.
  • Although students could create their own username and password, we don’t recommend it because when they forget, neither you nor we will have anyway of retrieving it for them.

The columns in this table will tell you which games are recommended for your students’ grade level.

Grades 3-5Grades 5-7Grades 6-8
Spirit LakeForgotten TrailAzTech: Meet the Maya
Making Camp OjibweAzTech: The Story BeginsForgotten Trail
Making Camp BilingualFish LakeAzTech: The Story Begins
Making Camp PremiumMaking Camp LakotaAll That Math Jazz
Making Camp LakotaDisaster Deduction DetectivesDisaster Deduction Detectives
Making Camp DakotaAll That Math Jazz

You can find information on the data available in student reports here. This is also covered in detail in the training. You’ll need a password to access the links to the actual reports. If you know all that and just need the link to the reports because you forgot it, here it is.

If you need a step by step guide for registering as a teacher and seeing your students, check out this Google slides presentation.

AzTech: The Story Begins teaches fifth through seventh grade standards addressing statistics and fractions. You can see the list of Aztech: The Story Begins standards here.

AzTech: Meet the Maya teaches fifth through eighth grade standards addressing statistics. You can see the list of Aztech: Meet the Maya standards here.

Disaster Deduction Detectives teaches statistics standards typically taught in grade six. You can see the list of Disaster Deduction Detectives standards here.

Fish Lake teaches fourth and fifth-grade fractions standards. You can read the list of standards taught in Fish Lake here.

Forgotten Trail teaches fifth and sixth-grade fractions and statistics standards. You can read the Forgotten Trail Standards here.

Making Camp Ojibwe teaches third and fourth grade mathematic standards. You can see the list of Making Camp Ojibwe standards here.

Making Camp Lakota teaches third and fourth grade mathematic standards. You can see the list of Making Camp Lakota standards here.

Spirit Lake teaches third and fourth-grade standards addressing. multiplication, division and measurement. You can see the list of Spirit Lake standards here.

Growing Math available for anyone!

The original grant was open to teachers in six states with larger Indigenous populations. Thanks to the Strong Mind Strong Body foundation, resources are now available to anyone.

Growing Math focuses on math, agricultural science, English language arts and social studies for standards taught in grades 3 through 8

Schools and after school programs that provide tutoring or enrichment for those grades are the primary users of Growing Math. Other users include homeschooling families, special education teachers for grades 9 or 10 and enrichment or gifted programs for second-graders.

Yes. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student (“eligible student”). The FERPA statute is found at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the FERPA regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99.

No, we do not. Some games record the students’ usernames and passwords. Games played offline or in guest mode only save data on the device and do not write to our servers at all. Note that if games are played offline, that data will not be available in teacher reports.

Technical FAQ

Step 1: Open your Internet browser.

In order to play 7 Generation Games on your devices you’ll need access to the internet so make sure you’re connected to it.

Step 2: Go to the Growing Math website.

Go to https://www.GrowingMath.org/ and click on the “Games” tab from the menu.

Step 3: Scroll down and under “Games for any device” you will find links for different devices. You may also click the links below.

Click here to access games for Chromebook

Click here to access games for iPads

Click here to access games for Mac or Windows computer

Step 4: Enjoy!

Now you are ready to play with our games optimized for any device.

All That Music JazzYesYesNoYesNo
All That Math JazzYesYesNoYesNo
AzTech: The Story BeginsYesYesYesYesYes
AzTech: Meet the MayaYesYesNoYesNo
AzTech: Empiric EmpireNoNoYesNoYes
Bozeman TrailYesYesNoYesNo
Disaster Deduction DetectivesYesYesNoYesNo
Fish Lake YesYesNoNoNo
Fish Lake BeginningsNoNoYesNoNo
Forgotten TrailYesYesNoYesNo
Making Camp OjibweYesYesYesYesYes
Making Camp BilingualYesYesYesYesYes
Making Camp LakotaYesYesYesYesYes
Making Camp PremiumYesYesYesYesYes
Making Camp Premium – EDUNoNoYesNoNo
Minnesota TurtlesYesYesNoYesNo
Spirit LakeYesYesNoNoNo
Spirit Lake Beginnings: LakotaYesYesNoNoNo
Math: The Universal Language ARNoNoYesNoNo
Math: The Universal Language – DakotaNoNoYesNoNo
Math: The Universal Language – LakotaNoNoYesNoNo

Step 1: Tap the App Store icon to open it.

The app store is a light blue icon with an “A” on it; you can usually find it on the home screen, or you can swipe down from the middle of your iPad’s screen and type “App Store” into the search bar to find it.

Step 2: Tap the magnifying glass icon to search for your app.

The search bar is located at the bottom-screen toolbar.

Step 3: Type 7 Generation Games into the search bar, then tap “Search”

“Search” is the blue button in the bottom right corner of your keyboard.

Step 4: Tap the 7 Generation Games developer channel

In this developer channel you can see all the apps by 7 Generation Games organized in one place.

Step 5: Tap the your preferred 7 Generation Games app

Scroll to view apps related to your inquiry, or tap an app to view its rating, reviews, and description. Once you settle on an app, you can continue.

Step 6: Tap the “GET” button next to the app’s name, then tap “INSTALL”.

This will begin the installation process.

Step 7: Enter your Apple ID password if prompted to do so.

This is the password you use with your Apple ID email address. You normally only have to do this if purchasing an app-free apps simply download. If you don’t have an Apple ID, you’ll need to create one.

Once the installation process finishes you will see a “Done Icon” on the screen.

The “Open” option becomes available when your app finishes downloading

Step 8: Open your game

Exit the App Store and access the app from your home page.
Depending on how many apps you have, the new app may be installed several swipes right on your iPad’s home page.

Step 1:

Navigate to the Games tab and click on Games for Windows and Mac computers, or, click on this link:

Games for Window and Mac computers

Step 2:

Scroll to the game you would like to download and click download for Windows or download for Mac.


Step 1:

For Windows, locate the file that was downloaded, right click on the zipped file and click “Extract all”.

Step 2:

Locate the unzipped folder and double click the installer. Continue clicking “Next” until you get to the “Install” button.

Step 3:

Once installed, click “Finish” and you are all set to launch the game.


Step 1: 

For Mac, locate the .dmg installation file that was downloaded. Usually, the file can be found in your Downloads folder. 

Step 2:

Double click on the installation file. The file will be opened.

Step 3:

After the installation file is opened, you will see a window pop up showing the game icon, Spirit Lake in the example images, and your Applications folder. Click and drag the game icon over and drop it into the Applications folder. 

Step 4:

Once the game has been moved into the Applications folder, you should see the game icon appear in your launchpad. You can click on the game icon to launch it and start playing!

NOTE: If you open your Finder and see the game installer under Locations on your Mac, simply eject the installer to exit the installation.

Step 1: Tap the Play Store icon to open it.

The Play Store is shaped as a “play” button; you can usually find it on the home screen of your tablet. If you can’t see it swipe left/right from the middle of your device’s screen until you see it.

Step 2: Type 7 Generation Games into the search bar, then tap “Enter”

The search bar is located at the top of the Play Store.

Step 3: Tap the your preferred 7 Generation Games app

Scroll to view apps related to your inquiry, or tap an app to view its rating, reviews, and description. Once you settle on an app, you can continue.

Step 4: Tap the “INSTALL” button next to the app’s name

This will begin the installation process. For paid apps, tap the price, then tap “BUY”

Step 5: Open your game

Exit the Play Store and access the app from your home page or click on the “OPEN” button.
Depending on how many apps you have, the new app may be installed several swipes right on your device’s home page.

To stay organized, here are some quick tips.

Username requirements

  • The username cannot already be in use.
  • A username can’t have any blank spaces or special characters. JoeBlow is okay. Joe Blow or Joe&Blow is not.

Three ways to set up student usernames and passwords

Note: We do not keep any personally identifying information! (We can’t tell you if “Fred Flintstone” is actually “Joe Schmoe” at Jamestown Elementary.)

  1. Players can make up their own.
  2. If playing at school, you can assign students their usernames. Usually teachers assign them as some students are likely to forget their usernames/passwords.
  3. If your students are playing at school, you may send us a request–at least 48 hours in advance!–for a list of new usernames and passwords you can assign to your students in a formatted doc you can use to print out labels, or cut and place as slips of paper on your students’ desks.

Other Relevant Information

  • The usernames and passwords tracks players’ progress in the game and also, for most games, records the quizzes and responses to answers.
  • Teachers can look up individual student progress by username.

7 Generation Games offers teachers data reporting for our games. Data reports come included with your 7 Generation Games license. Below you will find a detailed video on how to use our teacher reports. After watching the video, click the link below to go to the data reports site.

Data Reports Site

Some teachers have told us that, usually, they know their students don’t understand or are confused by looking at their faces while solving a math problem. Teachers found out during quarantines due to the pandemic, that they can’t make sure that all of their students are learning effectively. How can teachers make sure that their students understand what they’re learning? Don’t worry we’ve got you.

How to use the Teacher Reports

Updated Data Reports video

Links for each app are below. You can also get the links from the individual apps.

Math: The Universal Language Lakota cards (multiplication in Lakota and English)

Math: The Universal Language Dakota cards (division in Dakota and English)

  1. Download and install the Augmented Reality app from Google Play or the App store.
  2. When you open the app using your device, on the third screen you’ll see a space where you can input your email.
  3. Type in your email and click the arrow next to the box. You’ll get a link to the cards in your email.
  4. You can download these and print them. (You can also use a second device, like a phone or tablet if you don’t have a printer.)

Why make a copy? Making a copy of your Google document gives you the option to export the document to your Google Drive in the cloud instead of downloading it to your device.

1. Click on the document to view it, then click “File.” From the drop-down menu, click “Make a Copy.” Select the option you want, such as a partial or full download.

2. You then see the option to save your copy of the document to your Google Drive folder or whatever location you choose. Making a copy adds the words “Copy of…” to the beginning of the file’s name. You can rename your copy.

3. From your Google Classroom, you will then be able to add your copy of the Growing Math document to your tableau of assignments.

Note: In a Google Slides presentation, you have the option to remove all speaker notes.

Note: The steps in this post were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome, but this should work in the desktop version of other browsers.

Your sound is turned off. Switch the button on the side of your device so you are no longer in silent mode (it is no longer showing red). Fun fact – silent mode doesn’t really turn off ALL sound which is why you may hear some sounds in the game but not others!

We often promote new updates to our browser-based games. If you are using the Chrome browser to play our games, then it’s possible that your browser is storing cache that doesn’t let you see our latest updates. If you want to clear your cache in order to see new updates, follow the steps below.

Step 1: On any page of our game, right click and select “Inspect”.

Step 2: The Elements panel will appear on the right side of your browser. With that open, right-click on the reload button.

Step 3: Select “Empty Cache and Hard Reload” to clear out your cache and have the page reload.

Step 4: Once the page has reloaded, then you can close the Elements panel using the x in the far right corner. Continue playing our game.