Review by Christy Matte, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2013
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Super Animal Genius

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Fun mini-games about animals and habitats from around the world

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Pros: This game offers plenty of different games and activities, a non-linear game style, and a lot of fun animal facts.

Cons: There's no way to look up facts after they are presented.

Bottom Line: Fun mini-games tackle the fauna of the world with engaging variety.

Pair this with in-class discussions about animals and habitats, or use it as a kick-off to an independent study project on specific creatures or regions. Consider assigning each child one animal to learn more about and present to the class. Alternatively, have each student create a page or two to include in a class-wide animal encyclopedia. 

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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Super Animal Genius is a mini-game and quiz experience where kids can explore different regions of the world and learn more about the animals that live there. Each animal has about seven activities related to its habitat, lifestyle, appearance, and food. Some activities, like one where you hunt down your prey, are more video game-like. Others, such as the one where you tag animals with certain characteristics, require kids to use the information they have to make best-guess choices. The last activity for each animal is a timed yes/no quiz. Kids who complete the quiz "win" the animal in question and can unlock new animals to study. There are eight regions to explore, including the Great Lakes, the Amazon Rain Forest, Sumatra, and the Himalayan Foothills, each with unique habitats and animals. Kids also earn badges for collecting animals and completing habitats.

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Kids who are interested in animal life will enjoy this title most. It is clearly an "educational" title; it has plenty of different games and activities, some with more learning value than others. The ability to move through the different regions will keep kids from being stuck in any one area and provides a sense of freedom. There is no way to go back and find the information you have already been presented; however, kids are bound to pick up a lot of information, even if they don't remember it all. The game tends to repeat questions kids get wrong, reinforcing the new information and giving them a second chance to get the questions right.

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Overall Rating
4

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
4

With a mix of games and activities, it's easy to stay engaged and have fun. Image resolution could be a bit higher to help with visual puzzles.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
3

There is a lot of information about animals presented through the mini-games. Some of it is quiz-based, while some is in puzzle/game format. This title doesn't adapt to kids' level as much as other LeapFrog games do.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
5

Help is always available in-game and progress can be tracked via Badges, as well as in the LeapFrog online Learning Path. Additional support resources are available on their website.


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Courtney S. , Classroom teacher
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Central City Elementary School
Huntington, WV
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Fun with Animal Science

I think this is a great tool to have in a classroom. The students love it. It gives students opportunities to explore and investigate animals like I never could without it. The students learn about animals, where they live, and where they are on the food chain. It also builds on their geography skills. This tool works well with the LeapFrog Earth Adventures. Students can explore the world, and the people and animals that live on it. I also really like that it goes from kindergarten to 4th grade. It is geared towards a greater age variety. I truly feel it could even go higher. Kids that love animals, will love this.

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