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Funded by USDA, Growing Math provides ready-to-roll-out lessons and games combining math, agricultural science and Indigenous history and culture that can be easily used in classrooms, via hybrid models or through distance learning. The project directly addresses the problems identified by schools, including increasing attendance and improving student math scores while engaging students. The project will provide resources, curriculum, training and tech support to teachers and students in Grades 3-8 at schools in six states: Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon and South Dakota. For schools in the region, all participation and resources are supported through USDA funds. This includes all games, lesson plans, videos, data and reporting, professional development and tech support.

To have full access, your school needs to sign up with the Growing Math project and your teachers need to attend training. This is all SUPER EASY. We promise. Just send an email to growingmath@7generationgames.com Someone will get back to you within 24 hours to schedule a really brief call to ask a few questions that will help us serve you. We ask questions like what type of devices do your students have and what grades you teach. Then, we’ll send a form for your teachers to sign up for training. The training is two hours, can be done on-line and as either one two-hour session or broken into two one-hour sessions. During the 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 the protected site.

The project is led by Juliana Taken Alive (Hunkpapa/Mnicoujou Lakota, Standing Rock Nation) and Dr. AnnMaria De Mars. Christy Hanson (Diné) is the community manager. Maria Burns Ortiz is the project’s creative director.

Some resources, like lesson plans and videos, anyone can access from the website. To have full access, your school needs to sign up with the Growing Math project and your teachers need to attend training. This is all SUPER EASY. We promise. Contact us at growingmath@7generationgames.com or use this contact form.

USDA has funded these six states to receive all Growing Math resources:

  • Arizona
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota

If you are not in one of the six states, you can still participate.

We want your students to be successful and you not to be frustrated. Have you ever planned a lesson only to find out five minutes before class that the technology you need, student logins, passwords or other information is not available? We know how frustrating that is.

At the end of the training you will know what games can be played by your students on whatever devices they have, at school or at home. You’ll know how to get their usernames and passwords. You’ll have walked through adding a lesson plan to your Google classroom, including links to any games or presentations you want to use. You’ll have played through some of the games so you can see the educational content your students will have. You will take a look at the video play lists so you know where you can find additional videos on topics like multiplication, finding the mean or computing a perimeter.

You’ll see where to find the reports for each game and the standards assessed by each question.

After the training, you will have all the links you need for your students and your teacher login for the reports. You’ll be ready to set up their usernames and passwords or we can do it for you. Once you start using the Growing Math lesson plans, you should not run into any ‘glitches’.

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 whatever 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Growing Math is automatically available for educators working with students Grades 3-8 in six states:

  • Arizona
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota

Growing Math is currently accepting sign ups from schools and Title VII programs in those states. Afterschool programs that provide tutoring or enrichment and available at no-cost to students are eligible. 

Schools or educational programs outside of the six project states may be eligible if they meet other overall project criteria, e.g. serving Title I schools, working Title VII programs, have a significant Indigenous student population. If you are interested in participating in Growing Math and live outside the project area, please reach out to us directly to discuss participation.

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.


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. For paid apps, tap the price, then tap “BUY”

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.

If you’re paying for an app, you will need to enter your payment information before it begins downloading. Follow the steps on your screen to do so.

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.

Windows:

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.

Mac:

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 short video on how to use our teacher reports. After watching the video, you will find a list of the games for which you can access Teacher Reports.

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. Now that COVID-19 has become a pandemic, teachers can’t make sure that all of their students are learning effectively since students around the world are quarantined at home in order to stay safe. 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

Click on the game to go to the report:

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

Counting by two language cards

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

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

Math: The Universal Language Lakota cards (multiplication in Lakota 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!