Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Legends of Learning. All opinions are my own.
Free Legends of Learning Online Science Games for Elementary & Middle School Classrooms
Science elementary and middle school teachers, you can use the science-based Legends of Learning website to help your students learn and review science concepts. In fact, you can assign a playlist of games to individual students or entire classrooms based on specific units of study.
The Legends of Learning games support the Next Gen Science Standards (NGSS) which include earth science, life science, and physical science. The website offers 800 different curriculum games based on these standards. The games are cartoon animations with jaunty music and interactive games and quizzes.
I’m not a science person. My small cowboy town growing up didn’t even teach science until high school. (I know!) You can imagine how much I’m lacking in knowledge. (And I didn’t teach it too much as a teacher — mostly I team-taught with someone else who did.) At first, I tried some middle school games and failed to answer many questions correctly. So I moved to the elementary level. (Because of the not too much science thing…)
Use your curriculum topics to help you select what games to play. Let’s say, I pick Earth Science. Within that section, there are more options. I select the subtopic: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale Systems. Now I arrive at a game. It’s called Plate Tectonics Adventure – Super Study Buddies. In this game, students will be learning and reviewing material. Each fact is accompanied by a cartoon drawing. Often we have to click something for an action — remove all the tectonic plates to look inside the earth. Once we do that, it explains about the earth’s mantle and crust, the lithosphere.
If I like this game, I can add this to my classroom playlist with the click of a button.
Each game shows the number of stars given to it by other teachers and students. In a curriculum section, it also lists the main concepts, the vocabulary words, questions to ask before the game, and questions to ask after.
Underneath this game, I can see 5 other games about plate tectonics.
I decide to pick another 2 games: Battle of Wits – Plate Crush and Walter’s Travels – Tectonic Plates to help reinforce the concepts. When I do, after I name the playlist, I can see how many minutes each of the games will take. These three games will take students around 34 minutes.
Teachers, you can individualize what kids play which games — it doesn’t have to all be the same games for each student or even the same topic.
For each student you invite to your playlist, you’ll have a dashboard like the one below on gravitational force so that you can see each student’s progress.
Sign up for Legends of Learning and make your own playlists. It’s free!
If you’re not a teacher, feel free to share this information with your child’s science teacher.