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Great Games That Teach Life Skills

So much of what students have to navigate in school takes skills that aren't always taught in the classroom. These games and other tech can teach them about their health and wellness and help them develop skills such as conflict resolution, safe social networking, and getting along with others.

Four little corners - An interactive storybook app about friendship Publisher: DADA Company
Simple story about shapes showcases problem-solving and inclusion
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Kid in Story Book Maker Publisher: Locomotive Labs
Easy-to-make personalized stories can help boost social skills
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Toca Tea Party Publisher: Toca Boca
Pretend play meets social skills at this cute interactive gathering
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Big Kid Life Vet Publisher: Fingerprint
Gentle feedback helps kids learn empathy and some ABCs
Grades K-1
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Cool School: Where Peace Rules Publisher: Realtime Associates, Inc.
Free simulator makes learning to resolve classroom conflicts fun
Grades K-3
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Zoo U Publisher: Personalized Learning Games Inc.
Research-based social game has terrific assessment potential
Grades K-5
Type Game
Price $7-20 per student
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
IF... The Emotional IQ Game Publisher: If You Can
Captivating journey cultivates kids' social and emotional skills
Grades 1-7
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Mindprint Learning Visit Website: http://www.mindprintlearning.com/
Expert feedback and tools designed for individual learner profiles
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are Publisher: Electric Eggplant
Must-read graphic novel teaches relatable tween lessons
Grades 5-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
The Carnegie Cyber Academy Visit Website: http://www.carnegiecyberacademy.com/
Safe internet practices wrapped up in fun, illuminating games
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Roadtrip Nation Visit Website: http://roadtripnation.org/
Outstanding site motivates kids to follow dreams, work hard
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price $20-$25 per student
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Sex, Etc. Visit Website: http://www.sexetc.org
Reliable, unbiased sex ed site keeps it real for teens
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4