Touch Press’s Ink Blott Undergroundapp for iOS is an engaging English language arts game for middle school students in which players dig through a series of crystal-filled caves and bring their vivid world back to life by using word parts to fix broken words and sentences. The game educates students on prefixes and suffixes in relation to root words. The object of this game is to help Blott the Inkling—an inky, resourceful mole-like creature that lives below the ground in the literary world. Blott must work tirelessly to revitalize and maintain the dense and perilous Verbose Underground. Students work to guide Blott through caverns to collect crystals and unlock levels. However, the paths to the caverns are often blocked, so Blott must repair corrupted words or sentences to unblock the paths to the caverns in order to reach the crystals and unlock the level. As they progress through the levels, students are introduced to more sophisticated gameplay and a higher degree of difficulty in word pairings. Cost:Free
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In 2018, in celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday, a team from the Game Innovation Lab at University of Southern California released a game that translates Thoreau’s Walden into a video game format. Across six hours of playtime, players live as Thoreau did. They build a cabin, clear the bean fields, and see the world through his eyes.
Sponsored by TheGilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Dear George Washington Contest encourages elementary students to imagine the United States at its founding by composing a letter to President George Washington from the point of view of a person attending his first inauguration.