Teacher Review For U.S. Geography by MindSnacks

Great interactive platform for learning states, capitals, landforms, and general geography of the United States.

Susan M.
Blended Learning Coach
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
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My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
This is a great review platform as well as a teaching platform for basic knowledge gain. Using various gaming designs, it touches on some of the different aspects of geography, such as states/capitals and landforms, and includes an ELA component where students have to "fill in the blanks." Students were engaged as they worked their way through the different levels. I would use this for sure as review and for learners who struggle with memorization of facts. I would consider using this with project-based learning for a need to know (i.e. related to Oregon Trail or mapping a trip across the U.S.).
My Take
This product is great for an interesting and engaging way to learn states and capitals and geography facts. I like the game aspect of it the most, as that increases student engagement and interest. The beginning and advanced levels work well with all learners. This is also a fantastic tool for visual-spatial learners and for learners that struggle with rote memorization. For years, we memorized the states and capitals---this brings it into an interactive, interesting learning experience, as well as incorporate all sorts of other geography knowledge.