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10 Great Games for Middle School

Everyday history, math, and tech skills come alive with these 10 great games for grades 6–8. Use them to pique students' interest or help them acquire new skills. 

MinecraftEdu
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Publisher: TeacherGaming LLC
Teacher dashboard and genius tutorial help this sandbox gem sparkle
Grades 1-12
Type Game
Price $41.00
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Quandary Publisher: Learning Games Network
Slick but dialogue heavy ethics game teaches students to make tough decisions
Grades 2-8
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Contraption Maker Publisher: Spotkin
Solve problems, puzzles, brain teasers while creating wacky machines
Grades 3-8
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Mayan Mysteries Publisher: Dig-It Games
Captivating archaeology adventure about ancient Mayan culture
Grades 4-9
Type Game
Price $3.99
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Algodoo Publisher: Algoryx
Sandbox tool enables engaged, conceptual physics inquiry
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Elegy for a Dead World Publisher: Popcannibal
Compelling sci-fi world imagined -- and written -- by its players
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price $9.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Geoguessr Publisher: Anton Wallén
"Just one more turn" gameplay jazzes up geography
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge! Publisher: GlassLab
Classic city building game tuned to teachers' needs
Grades 5-8
Type Game
Price $19.99 individual; $49.99 to $649.99 license packs
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
Argument Wars Publisher: iCivics.org
Courtroom sim covers ethics, the Constitution, and the art of argument
Grades 6-10
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Cell Command Publisher: Filament Games
Immersive biology game keeps students interested while learning
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price $9.99, $89.70/classroom
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5