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The Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core


Gamify Common Core Math!

Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on EmergingEdTech. The implications it has on student engagement and learning are powerful and cannot be overstated. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make this the year you do!


One program that is doing an outstanding job of gamifying Common Core Math is the Prodigy Math Game. Prodigy is a free, adaptive math game that integrates common-core math (grades 1-6) into a fantasy style game that students absolutely love playing. Prodigy takes game-based learning a step further and provides teachers with a powerful set of reporting and assessment tools that allow them to easily identify trouble spots, differentiate instruction, and better manage classroom time.

What Teachers Say about the Prodigy Math Game

Over 1,000,000 students and 30,000 teachers use Prodigy for free math practice and it’s easy to see why. Here’s what teachers we spoke to had to say about the program:

“The Prodigy program has been an invaluable tool to my students and me. My students are motivated to practice their math skills in a fun and interactive way both at school and at home. The greatest benefit for my students is that they are able to work on skills currently being taught in class and Prodigy automatically adapts based on their performance. The progress reports highlight individual strengths and needs. This helps with my planning and differentiation for my students.” – Ivan Dublin, SERT Brimwood Blvd. Jr. P.S.

“What I really love about the Prodigy program is the feedback that I get in terms of what the students know and where they need to improve. I also love the fact that I can see what questions were difficult and how the students answered them. I believe that students have improved their confidence in all areas of the math program. They are so excited to play and learn!” – Sue McCulloch, Grade 3/4 Northport Elementary School

Prodigy is extremely effective at engaging students using an adaptive technology to cater to each individual. Prodigy’s personalized approach quickly identifies gaps in students’ understanding and works with them by pulling them back to prerequisite skills and then scaffolding them forward through more difficult concepts. As a web-based game, Prodigy can be accessed at school and at home on virtually any device.

Math-Game-Grade3 Question-Addition-word problemScreenshot of Prodigy Math showing student work

You can Sign-up your class for free in less than 2 minutes, and see why teaching common-core math will never be the same!


  1. This has to be the first version of prodigy! I’m a middle school student and we use prodigy and it looks nothing like this. It’s a better version now.

  2. The concept is great, but unfortunately, it’s not long before you are asked to bring out your wallet.

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