By Erin Brereton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fun homework helper supplements kids' classwork.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids in grades K-6 can learn math and language principles. From kindergarten games teaching skills like counting to sixth-grade topics such as research reports and statistics, the site covers a lot of ground. Helpful, grade-appropriate homework and teaching tips, worksheets, and other materials round out the site. The dozens of games on problem solving, statistics, and other topics can be useful learning tools. However, getting more feedback on wrong answers could help kids' comprehension level -- a few games offer tips, but users need to access Game Classroom written materials for detail on many concepts.
The site encourages learning in a fun, interactive way.
Products & Purchases
Although games appear within the Game Classroom browser window, they’re hosted on other sites, so ads that appear on those sites for bing.com, Kaplan University and other companies can be seen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the site doesn't require users to register to access any of the games or learning tips -- anyone can just click and play. However, parents do have to sign up to receive the site's free e-newsletters, which feature activity ideas, learning tips, and homework help for kids. Past issues are also archived on the site and can be read without registering.
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What’s It About?
Game Classroom features dozens of games that reinforce math and language lessons, grouped by grade level and topic. Many of the games are housed on sites from companies like Scholastic and PBS, but kids can play them within the Game Classroom browser. Because the games come from other sources, their instruction level varies. Some include hints and additional information; others don't. To increase the education factor, Game Classroom also offers videos, worksheets, and other reference materials on topics such as fractions and spelling.
Is It Any Good?
From days-of-the-week questions for kindergarteners to geometry problems for sixth-graders, GAME CLASSROOM offers fun, informative ways to build on what kids are learning in school. The site's organization makes it easy to find age-appropriate activities. Parents will also find creative ideas about how to teach subjects to kids in the site's homework help sections.
Although some of the games are from other sites, kids can play them without ever leaving Game Classroom because the games appear within its browser window. While that ups the safety factor (kids shouldn't accidentally stumble across any objectionable sites, and the games come from kid-friendly sites like PBS Kids), they'll still see any ads that appear on the game site homepages.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what websites they think are best to play games on. How can you find Web sites that have age-appropriate games that you'd enjoy?
Why would a website from PBS be a better choice than a game site you found by Googling the word "games"?
What kind of games aren't OK to play? Do some games have too much violence?
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading comprehension, writing, Math: fractions, multiplication, numbers
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, problem solving, solving puzzles, Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 15, 2019
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