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on June 14, 2015
I’ve used the K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade decks as a supplement to our home-school to teach research skills. I am disappointed with this 4th grade deck. It contains 148 cards, each with 10 questions (2 science, 2 English, 2 math, 2 miscellany, 1 US history, 1 geography).
A few of the questions are similar enough to essentially be considered repeats (for example, cards 56 and 71 both ask to differentiate between “lose” and “loose”). A few of the questions are repeats from the 3rd grade deck (for example, card 146: To change the type on a document you find “font” on your computer. True or false? This question was also asked on card 95 of the 3rd grade deck). A few of the questions are clumsily/confusingly worded (for example, card 118: If you recycle a document on your computer, it stays until the trash is emptied. True or false?). A few of the questions do not seem age-appropriate (for example, card 72: Who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin?). A lot of the math questions are arithmetic computations, rather than conceptual trivia (for example card 128: Multiply $3.86 by 52). A few of the answers are inaccurate (for example, card 130: Name the largest desert in the world. The answer given is the Sahara, but actually Antarctica is the world’s largest desert, by far.)
I have tried to find out if the company maintains a list of corrections but they don’t seem to. Having to fact-check every question really defeats the purpose of the product. But it’s certainly not worthless—it can still be a fun game, and it does provide lots of opportunity for further research and discussion. I may decide not to use this product in our home-school this year, and I will likely not purchase any additional decks, but since I have this one, I will probably use it as a starting point for developing my own research skills curriculum for my 4th grade kids.