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Websites for Reading, Literacy, and Math Games

The educational games on this list offer students an absorbing way to practice basic skills and to test their recall. Along the way students might develop more fluency in math or reading concepts like rounding numbers to conjugating verbs. Getting more fluent through educational games might lead to more confidence, especially when it comes to quizzing or testing.

One thing to be aware of is that these game sites tend to fall into two broad categories. That's why we've organized this list into sections, so you can find sites that have a grab bag of assorted games, or check out comprehensive programs that feature games. The former offer short, repeatable experiences covering a veritable grab bag of concepts. The latter offer personalized, guided instruction that includes games as part of the curricular program.

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Websites with Assorted Games in All Subjects

ABCya!

Tons of options to practice skills, though pesky ads can annoy without a subscription

Bottom line: Practice core subject skills with fun games at school or at home.

Mr. Nussbaum! Learning + Fun

Solid collection of learning activities on a wide variety of topics

Bottom line: Games and activities are fine for reinforcement and practice but don't offer built-in feedback or progress tracking.

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PBS Kids

One-stop shop for a wealth of fantastic PBS Kids educational content

Bottom line: Amazing collection of valuable learning resources covers an impressive array of topics.

BrainPOP Jr.

Original videos and activities a treasure trove for teachers and students

Bottom line: A unique, video-driven learning platform with tons of topics and resources.

Arcademics

Free games provide math and language skill practice

Bottom line: Games engage kids in drills and skills practice, and the educator version may be worth it for eliminating ads and getting more features.

GameUp by BrainPop

Grab bag of game goodies creatively explores a variety of subjects

Bottom line: A really nice variety of subject matter and a unique approach get kids actively involved in the learning process.

Websites with Assorted Math Games

MathGames

Fast-paced games reinforce math facts

Bottom line: A solid resource for practicing math skills, but might be frustrating for struggling students.

Math Cats

Whimsical site sneaks math into practical activities

Bottom line: Kids can learn to appreciate all the ways math connects to real life, and that math can be fun and entertaining.

Math Playground

Solid math games and activities hiding behind pop-ups and ads

Bottom line: Teachers who invest some time in identifying the best of the site can find helpful, free resources.

Coolmath

Dated site with ads, simple games, limited resources

Bottom line: Coolmath has some decent references and short explanations but is dated and uninspiring.

Websites with Assorted Literacy Games

ABCmouse for Teachers

Cartoon classroom has wide variety of point-and-click learning

Bottom line: With plenty of supervision to help kids stay on track, this free tool for teachers can be a nice classroom supplement.

Math and Reading Programs with Games

Brainzy Math and Reading Program

Handy, engaging early reading and math topics in fun, inviting package

Bottom line: Super-fun practice with common early learning topics; the premium version is much more comprehensive than what's available for free.

Lexia Core5 Reading

Interactive reading program promotes targeted, individualized growth

Bottom line: A good blended reading platform that offers students some choices, and teachers, actionable data and useful offline resources.

Mathseeds

Entertaining activities help keep early math exciting

Bottom line: Fun collection of lessons and games drives home math concepts.

SplashLearn

A colorful, fun way for students to build math skills mastery

Bottom line: These engaging math games for younger kids are great for math skills practice, but you'll need a paid account to access a substantial amount of the content.

Reading Eggs

A robust if dated reading resource for teachers

Bottom line: It's definitely in need of an update, but Reading Eggs remains a comprehensive destination for teaching phonics and reading.

Teachley EDU

Fun math gameplay with solid skill-building and helpful teacher tools

Bottom line: Teachley lets teachers monitor progress and easily meet students' needs, though it's probably most appealing to kids in lower elementary.

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DreamBox Learning Math

Individualized, game-based math adapts to kids' needs

Bottom line: Excellent all-in-one solution for extra math support and practice, with solid adaptive tech that supplements, but doesn't replace, curriculum.

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