App Review: Stack the States
Stack the States is one of my students’ favorite educational applications on the iPad. It was created by Dan Russell-Pinson and is a favorite among my students. This game asks a variety of questions about the 50 states and really gives kids a brain workout to figure out which state is the correct answer.
If a student does answer a question correctly, they are then given that state to try to stack along with other states to reach a certain goal.
One of the aha! moments that came to me this year, was letting students work with this app along with an old school atlas. To see kids flip to the back of the index, scan through the alphabetical listings of cities, then have to find the coordinates on the actual map to find the answer they were desperately searching for was outstanding.
The game allows you to register individual names so that progress can be saved, and as you progress through the normal game of state stacking, other bonus games are unlocked.
My students love this game, and the companion of Stack the Countries. I highly recommend it.
CCCS Math Standard: 5.G.2. Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.
CCCS Language Arts Standard: RI.4.7. Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.