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ZOOM Clue Finders
Reading Adventures Ages 9-12
$9.95 (Win95/98/Me/XP) (Retail) (CLUER9DJ)

Publisher: The Learning Company

Children: Reading
Ages 9 to 12
Grades 3 to 7

Ratings:

4.0 from Super Kids

The Mystery of the Missing Amulet

This program takes the dauntless Clue Finder gang to the impact site of a large meteor, where a simple discovery transports them to the far-off planet Millennia. Here, Joni and Owen meet a mysterious princess who has summoned them to help save her beloved planet from destruction at the hand of a wicked sorceress.

To save the planet and rescue fellow Clue Finders, Leslie and Santiago, who are captives of the evil sorceress Malicia, the user must help Joni and Owen find the two halves of a missing amulet. They search the planet for clues, concurrently freeing its people from the dastardly spells that imprison them. But, as in any good mystery, all is not necessarily what it seems. Surprises abound as the user ventures forth to the farthest reaches of the planet, completing reading and problem solving games as the adventure's culmination draws ever closer.

ClueFinders Reading Adventures Ages 9-12 provides students with practice and reinforcement of the essential reading and language arts skills necessary to meet typical state curriculum standards. Some of the sub-skills addressed include analogies, parts of speech, prefixes, and suffixes, and using contextual clues in reading.

Key Features:

10 activities that target sentence structure, grammar, spelling rules, reading comprehension, sequencing and ordering, critical thinking, and more

4 levels of difficulty

Engaging game environments that motivate students to participate

Printable progress reports and workbooks

A.D.A.P.T. Learning Technology™ - a dynamic system that continually adjusts the program level to match each student’s abilities

Benefits:

  • Develops knowledge of common spelling patterns and parts of speech
  • Comprehensive content prepares students for standardized tests
  • Assists teacher in tracking each student’s progress
  • Personalizes each student’s learning experience

Requirements:

Windows 95/98/Me/XP: Pentium 90MHz; 16MB RAM; 27MB hard disk space; 4X CD-ROM; 640x480 video, 256 colors SVGA graphics; Win compatible sound card

Macintosh: System 7.1; Power PC/66MHz; 16MB RAM, 8.5 MB free; 27MB hard disk space; 4X CD-ROM; 640x480 video, 256 colors; 13" or lgr monitor

Reviews:

Super Kids Educational Software Review

"Our teacher reviewers were especially impressed with the reading comprehension section, which resembles an equivalent section in standardized tests (but with a fun twist) and therefore provides kids with an entertaining way to practice the skills required to do well in these tests."

"As with other titles in this series, this program can best be described as an interactive cartoon episode. Heavy on the animation and intrigue, with a bit of well-disguised academics thrown in for good measure, the program's characters are likable and the animation is top-notch. The story progresses smoothly, yet is not without a few well-placed twists to keep users on their toes. Saturday morning cartoon addicts rejoice!"

Kids Domain

"The 13-year-old immediately pounced on the game, and played until she finished it (about 3 hours total playing time). She enjoyed it very much while she played it, and said "I sure wish they made games like this for kids my age!" The 9 year old was excited to play too, but found the activities a little difficult, especially the arcade ones. This was no surprise to me, however, because her reading skills are weaker than her math skills and she's not very good at arcade. But with practice I'm sure she'll get better, as the arcade is fairly easy."

"...A good choice for practice in reading skills, but probably better for the younger end of the age range, as the older kids may be turned off by the sameness of the questions after awhile. The printable worksheets are wonderful, and add a nice touch to the program. This title is sure to get plenty of use at our house, and beats hands-down other comparable reading titles currently available for this age group."

 


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