Common Sense Review
Updated November 2014

National Geographic Education: Games

Meaningful, interactive games support interdisciplinary learning
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This module is part of the Website National Geographic Education.
Common Sense Rating 4
  • A variety of games help engage kids and teach science and social studies content.
  • The collection includes thirty-six games, spanning a variety of subjects.
  • An interactive game teaches kids to map countries and cities.
  • Experience the challenges and decisions faced on the Underground Railroad.
Jennifer Sitkin
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

National Geographic Education's Games section has a collection of online games to help students develop skills and content knowledge across a variety of subjects -- though a fair number of the games here cover geography, history, and science. There are educators' guides that include activities and ideas for before- during- and after-game use, in addition to a few other resources.

Your students will enjoy the opportunity to take an active role in their learning -- most of the games here require students to apply knowledge, make decisions, and learn from their results. As you search the site, look for games to supplement a specific unit or reinforce a particular topic. For example, your students could play "Giant Pandas" during a unit on conservation, or "Underground Railroad" during a unit on slavery and the Civil War. Most games can be used well for independent, group, or whole-class play, and can be used with a variety of different grade levels.

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