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Best Homework Games for Students

Learning doesn't stop just because school's out! Here's a list of top recommendations from our expert teachers. With these great apps, games, and websites, kids can practice core skills, as well as pursue lifelong learning in whatever interests them most. Parents, take note!

Motion Math: Hungry Guppy Publisher: Motion Math
Kids have a splashing good time learning addition with this colorful guppy
Grades Pre-K-2
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
PBS Kids Go! Visit Website: http://www.pbskids.org/go
One-stop shop for a wealth of fantastic PBS KIDS educational content
Grades Pre-K-6
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
IXL Visit Website: http://www.ixl.com/
Immediate feedback and breadth a major plus, despite emphasis on drills
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Reading Rainbow Publisher: Reading Rainbow
Kids can "go anywhere, be anything" with vast book and video library
Grades K-4
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Code.org Visit Website: http://www.code.org
Popular games, big names get kids and teachers pumped to program
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Khan Academy Visit Website: http://www.khanacademy.org
Missions boost math learning with balance of focus, freedom to explore
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Scratch Visit Website: http://scratch.mit.edu/
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Wizard School Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Curated videos and creative challenges ignite active learning
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
LearnZillion Visit Website: http://learnzillion.com/
Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Book Creator Publisher: Red Jumper Studio
Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $2.49-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Minecraft Publisher: Mojang
Spiraling sandbox of adventure and creation gets kids to dig deep
Grades 3-12
Type Game
Price $26.95 for desktop, $19.99 for consoles (except Wii U at $29.99)
Platforms Linux, Mac, Wii U, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Gamestar Mechanic Publisher: Institute of Play and E-Line Media
Captivating manga romp teaches kids game design
Grades 4-9
Type Game
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Project Noah Publisher: Networked Organisms
Contribute kid research to stellar crowdsourced field guide
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
GarageBand Publisher: Apple
Amazingly powerful music workstation unleashes the musician in us all
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
GameMaker: Studio Publisher: YoYo Games Ltd.
One of the best creation tools available for aspiring game developers
Grades 5-12
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
iMovie Publisher: Apple
Pro-quality HD movie maker is easy enough for beginners
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Never Alone (Kisima Innitchuna) Publisher: E-Line Media
Illuminating native Alaskan folktale supports SEL skills
Grades 5-12
Type Game
Price 14.99
Platforms PS4, Windows, Xbox One
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
DragonBox Algebra 12+ Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
Super fun, cutting-edge approach to learning and practicing algebra
Grades 6-10
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Sid Meier's Civilization V Publisher: 2K Games
Legendary strategy game is a hit with history buffs in school and out
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price 49.99
Platforms Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Codecademy Visit Website: http://www.codecademy.com
Terrific hands-on coding practice with live feedback
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Historypin Visit Website: http://www.historypin.com
Crowdsourcing is key to making history accessible, approachable
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
SAT Vocab - MindSnacks Publisher: MindSnacks
Variety is key in charmingly effective SAT vocab app
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Kerbal Space Program Publisher: Squad
Design and launch a rocket into space in realistic astrophysics sim
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated