Game Classroom

Common Sense Media says

Fun homework helper supplements kids' classwork.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site encourages learning in a fun, interactive way.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading comprehension
  • writing

Math

  • multiplication
  • numbers
  • fractions

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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

Adults can sign up for an e-newsletter with activity ideas and learning tips or read past issues on the site. More than 65 lesson plans are available, and teacher profiles offer ideas for using technology in the classroom.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading comprehension
  • writing

Math

  • multiplication
  • numbers
  • fractions

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • academic development

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 5 year old Written byravicools December 15, 2009
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5
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What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Parent of a 6 year old Written byRachel1919 December 12, 2009
AGE
5
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My 6 year old really enjoyed it

I thought is was a fine site definitely educational. My 6 year old enjoyed it very much and I would let him use the site in the future. Its a very good site for homeschoolers too!
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Great messages
Parent of a 7 year old Written byshorty45 December 9, 2009
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7
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keep it in the family

the site is great it is a keeper for my kid
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