Common Sense Review
Updated September 2012

Game Classroom

Fun, game-based homework helper can supplement classwork
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Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 3
  • The site homepage includes links to games, worksheets, videos, and lesson plan materials.
  • Games are listed by grade level and subject matter.
  • Because games are housed on other sites, the amount of feedback and challenges can vary.
  • Game Classroom provides brief game descriptions and information on the concepts that are covered.
  • Sections list additional problems, learning tips, and other items to help kids understand concepts.
Pros
Games should entice kids to use the site, which also offers worksheets and other learning materials.
Cons
Quality can be inconsistent because games are from other websites; users also can't track their overall performance.
Bottom Line
Even if a few games don't pack the strongest educational punch, Game Classroom's plentiful resources make it a worthy math and language learning tool.
Erin Brereton
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Kids should enjoy playing the diverse games, which are from a variety of sources. As a result, feedback and instruction can be inconsistent; sample problems and other materials help flesh out concepts. Videos offer additional instruction.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

K-6 students learn about math and language topics ranging from counting to multiplication and statistics in games, worksheets, lesson plans, and videos. Content is listed by grade level, and games link to related resources.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3
Adults can sign up for an e-newsletter with activity ideas and learning tips or read past issues on the site. More than 65 lessons plans are available, and teacher profiles offer ideas for using technology in the classroom.
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How Can Teachers Use It?

The site's structure makes determining which activities will work best for various age groups simple. Teachers can easily judge which materials and games can help support their curriculum; lesson plans are also available to help plan classroom activities.

Kids don't need to register to play the games, which helps ensure they'll have a safe experience on the site. However, it also means teachers won't be able to track their performance, so educators may want to encourage kids to keep a runny tally of their game scores or submit printed worksheets for approval.

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What's It Like?

Game Classroom is a website that provides dozens of games, grouped by grade level and topic. Games are geared toward K-6 students and reinforce math and language skills, ranging from reading a clock to how literary devices like symbolism and metaphors work. 

Many games are from Scholastic, PBS, and other educational sites. However, kids don't need to leave Game Classroom to play them; they'll appear within the site browser. The site also offers videos, worksheets, and other resources on the educational topics that games touch on. 

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Is It Good For Learning?

Because most games are housed on other sites, their instruction level and content varies. Some provide hints and second chances to guess answers; others unfortunately don't give much feedback, which could help increase comprehension. Kids will likely often need to visit the corresponding Game Classroom lesson or video section for detail on some of the concepts. Some links don't lead directly to games, which can be confusing; kids may also come across a few broken links.  

But generally, the site can give kids a solid chance to practice a number of key skills. Kindergarteners can work on their counting abilities; first-grade games focus on skills like reading and addition; fourth-grade games touch on advanced math concepts like prime numbers, multiplication, and division; and sixth-graders get help with research reports and statistics. If the games they play don't happen to include clear instruction or consistent challenges, Game Classroom's worksheets, sample math problems, learning tips, and other resources can help kids fully understand the subject.

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