Games playable on Mac and Windows are listed below, by grade. Any of the links for games playable on the web can be copied and pasted into your Google Classroom assignments to give your students immediate access. For students who do not have home Internet access, the Fish Lake demo and Spirit Lake demo games can be downloaded on the device and played offline. The full Spirit Lake and Fish Lake games require an Internet connection to login but students can continue playing if the Internet drops. They can even close their laptop at school, open it at home and keep playing all weekend. There are currently eleven games available for Windows and Mac, with three more to be completed in Summer, 2021. Looking for iPad games, NOT Mac computers? Go here.
MAKING CAMP SERIES FOR GRADES 3-5 – Play on the Web
MAKING CAMP PREMIUM
In “Making Camp: Premium,” players practice multiplication and division skills while learning math problem-solving strategies. They’ll also be introduced to Ojibwe history. PLUS get the completely new words challenges section, an activity randomizer, and more. Customize your virtual wigwam inside and out. Earn points by solving math problems, learning about language arts, and answering social studies questions in the village-building simulation game.
MAKING CAMP LAKOTA
Learn how the Lakota lived. Experience the Lakota language. Improve math skills. In Making Camp: Lakota, players practice multiplication and division skills. They’ll also be introduced to Lakota history and culture. Earn points by solving math problems and answering social studies questions in the village-building simulation game as you earn items to customize your tipi. Making Camp: Lakota is the FIRST fully English/Lakota bilingual, cross-curricular math video game. Made with the Thunder Valley Community Development Corp.
MAKING CAMP BILINGUAL
In Making Camp, players practice multiplication and division skills while learning math problem-solving strategies. They’ll also be introduced to Ojibwe history. Earn points by solving math problems and answering social studies questions in the village-building simulation game.
Making Camp: Bilingual covers a subset of the content in Making Camp Premium, but Making Camp: Bilingual can be played in English or Spanish.
Making Camp Dakota: Past & Present
Making Camp: Dakota – Past & Present draws from game design workshops conducted with youth from the Upper Sioux Community (Minnesota) and Spirit Lake (North Dakota). The game combines both math and Dakota culture, both traditional and contemporary, by leveraging oral storytelling and teaching standards-aligned advanced division skills. The game is recommended for students in Grade 4-6.
FISH LAKE – Install on the computer
In Fish Lake, players practice fractions while learning math problem-solving strategies. They’ll also be introduced to Native American history. Watch out for poisonous snakes! Canoe through the rapids. Find enough food for your village’s survival. Figure out “what’s fair.” Who knew you could get this excited about math?
FISH LAKE BEGINNINGS – Install on computer and play offline
Fish Lake Beginnings focuses on fractions (including word problems) and teaches about Ojibwe culture. Watch out for poisonous snakes! Make your way down the rapids. Find enough food for your village’s survival. Figure out “what’s fair.” Who knew you could get this excited about fractions? The demo will give you a taste of what is available in the full game. Once installed, it can be played offline.
Installers are available for Windows and macOS. The Windows link will take you to the Microsoft Store where you can download this game for free.
SPIRIT LAKE BEGINNINGS – LAKOTA
In Spirit Lake: Beginnings – Lakota, players learn multiplication and division through word problems in this historically-based adventure game. Save your tribe a spreading sickness by solving math problems – and watch out for those rabid wolves! Math has never been this fun! Created with the Thunder Valley Community Development Corp., Spirit Lake Beginnings – Lakota is fully English/Lakota bilingual, cross-curricular math video game. It can be played in English or Lakota. Whether you are a Lakota speaker, a Lakota language learner or hearing Lakota for the very first time, Spirit Lake Beginnings – Lakota has something for you!
SPIRIT LAKE: THE GAME
Learn Multiplication and Division from a 3-D Adventure Game set in Native American History. In Spirit Lake: The Game, players learn how to solve multiplication, division and geometry through word problems set in the context of a stories based on the history and culture of the Dakota people. Save your tribe from attacks and a spreading epidemic by solving math problems while escaping rabid wolves and hunting buffalo. Math has never been this fun!
GAMES FOR GRADES 5-7
Forgotten Trail follows two teenagers who apply their knowledge of fractions, decimals, measurement and statistics to retrace the Ojibwe migration through the U.S. and Canada. We fit in the cultural part through stories and flashbacks.
AZTECH: THE STORY BEGINS
Journey through the past to the present. Discover the importance of math, on everything from building to farming to business as you travel through time in your quest to get home to Iowa. Learn history and even a second language along the way. What starts as a typical day in history class for Xitlali and José turns into a day nothing like any other. Find your homework. Get to school before the bell rings. And definitely stay away from that book your teacher told you not to touch! AzTech: The Story Begins teaches multi-step problem solving, basic statistics, and real-world applications of math while introducing you to pre-Columbian Central American history. The game is fully bilingual (English/Spanish).
AZTECH: MEET THE MAYA (GRADES 5-8)
Mr. Gonzalez told you not to touch that book! Now, you’re in the Mayan jungle. Use your knowledge of statistics and history to survive. AzTech: Meet the Maya can be played in English or as a bilingual English/Spanish experience. The language of instruction is controlled by the player on every single page within the game, including text, audio, and video content. The game is fully bilingual (English/Spanish).