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10 Great Free Games for High School Students

Dig into this curated list of highly rated free games for high school. There's a spread of content areas from science to social studies to social-emotional learning. More importantly, the games help to build a range of skills that will be useful to students inside and outside the classroom. Each game is absorbing and detailed, offering experiences certain to challenge older students.


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Spaceteam ESL

Chaotic game offers silly yet novel way to practice English vocab

Bottom line: An irresistibly fun way for ELLs to practice high-frequency English vocabulary, but as an app it's a bit rough around the edges.


"Just one more turn" gameplay jazzes up geography

Bottom line: Game-based platform is a great way to get kids interested in world geography, think critically, and expose them to cultures other than their own.

Terminal Two

Engaging games teach programming concepts from blocks to code

Bottom line: These varied games are great for introducing the fundamentals and practicing but aren't sufficient as a complete curriculum.

When Rivers Were Trails

Point-and-click story shares Native perspectives on forced migration

Bottom line: Offers a valuable alternative perspective to the colonial history found in U.S. classrooms, through a familiar, Oregon Trail-style format.

Little Alchemy 2

Flex alchemical muscles in amusing, discovery-based puzzler

Bottom line: This amusing puzzle game encourages creativity, perseverance, and systems thinking, and with creative integration it can build interest in math, science, history, and literature.

Play or design text adventures, but creation can get technical

Bottom line: Text adventures can be a blast to play and make, but the Quest game-making tool, while offering some decent support, can be tough to use effectively without coding experience.

That's Your Right

Card game gets students to wield the power of the Bill of Rights

Bottom line: This is a high-quality, surprisingly fun way to see how the Bill of Rights relates to everyday situations.

BBC iReporter

Spot real stories, dodge fake news in cheeky media literacy sim

Bottom line: A refreshingly modern way for students to explore how to filter and interpret info and media during breaking news events.

Liyla and the Shadows of War

Stark, arresting game offers emotional perspective on war's human toll

Bottom line: The short length and powerful themes make this an effective way to help students consider the brutal effects of war on families.

Parable of the Polygons

Dynamic interactive helps classrooms explore topics of bias, diversity

Bottom line: A fascinating way to address how communities become segregated due to individual bias.

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