Use this app to help students memorize and recall U.S. geography and state facts in fun ways. U.S. Geography by MindSnacks can be used for solo practice or for group exercises. Individual students can create user profiles, and each student's solo progress can be tracked over time to measure areas of strengths and weaknesses. Teachers can view all user profiles in the aggregate to assess which states or geography skills require more attention as a class, and they can customize settings to focus on those topic areas. For group work, some of the Q&A style games may be fun to play as a class, with the teacher facilitating how questions are answered based on the technology available in the classroom. If the class includes students new to America or to your state, consider using this app as a resource to help them become familiar with the culture of their new state or nation.Continue reading Show less
U.S. Geography by MindSnacks includes eight wide-ranging quiz games that test students on more than 1,000 questions related to U.S. geography and state trivia. Students can review state facts aligned with National Geographic's Geography Standards on each state's chart, which includes a detailed custom map. To keep kids interested in the subject matter, games use fun hooks, such as a state-shape-eating frog or a dart for kids to mark spots on the map where U.S. landforms and landmarks exist. Material within some games, especially at higher levels of difficulty, tests users on very specific and/or not commonly known state trivia. Teachers and students can choose the difficulty level of each game and customize some aspects of the information included in the quizzes, but they can't choose the states to be tested on. Post-quiz reports show how close kids are to mastering each state's information and what skills (such as visual recognition, geo-literacy, and cultural literacy) students developed during game play.
Kids can reinforce and expand their knowledge of U.S. geography and state cultural trivia with U.S. Geography by MindSnacks. The brief factsheet style lessons about each state can help kids review what they already know and fill in informational gaps before playing the eight games. Beautiful photos of the American landscape and hand-drawn images act as helpful engagement and memorization aids for visual learners. With more than 40 hours of content, this comprehensive app is just as suitable for older students who need to brush up on U.S. geography and state trivia as it is for upper-elementary or middle-school students who want to test and expand newly acquired knowledge.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.