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Top Games That Teach Empathy

Kids who are in tune with other kids' emotions are off to a great start. They earn the trust of their peers. They can help mediate when tempers flare. One day, they may even use those perspective-taking skills to become organization or world leaders.

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Avokiddo Emotions -- Playful learning for kids Publisher: Avokiddo E. Katsantonis & sia e.e.
Hilarious animals help kids to identify emotions
Grades Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
2.
Wee You-Things Publisher: Wee Society LLC
Kids join the story celebrating uniqueness -- including their own
Grades Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
3.
Cool School: Where Peace Rules Publisher: Realtime Associates, Inc.
Free simulator makes learning to resolve classroom conflicts fun
Grades Grades K-3
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
4.
Who Am I? Race Awareness Game Publisher: Playtime Interactive
Q&A game gets students talking about diversity honestly, responsibly
Grades Grades 1-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
5.
The Time Tribe
History comes alive as kids time-travel to different times
Grades Grades 4-6
Type Game
Price Free
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
6.
Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are Publisher: Electric Eggplant
Must-read graphic novel teaches relatable tween lessons
Grades Grades 5-8
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, Nook HD
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
7.
Mission US: Flight to Freedom Publisher: Thirteen/WNET
Gripping, choice-driven story of slave life and resistance
Grades Grades 5-8
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
8.
Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey Publisher: Thirteen/WNET
Compelling adventure immerses kids in Native American history
Grades Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
9.
Re-Mission 2 Publisher: HopeLab
Six arcade style games tackle tough subject of cancer
Grades Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
10.
Spent Publisher: McKinney and Urban Ministries of Durham
Provocative, first person look at poverty builds empathy
Grades Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
11.
3rd World Farmer Publisher: 3rd World Farmer Team
Serious sim about global issues is both gloomy and compelling
Grades Grades 8-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 5
12.
Darfur Is Dying Publisher: mtvU
Older game still drives home grim realities of refugee life
Grades Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
13.
Papers, Please Publisher: 3909
Mature immigration game forces tough ethical choices
Grades Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price $9.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated