Julie Recommends

Free Rice Website

FreeRice is a site that I am so proud to recommend for multiple grade levels.

This site offers a variety of subjects, including Art (Famous Paintings), Chemistry (Chemical Symbols), English (Grammar and Vocabulary), Geography (Identifying Countries on the Map and World Capitals), Languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish), and Math (Basic Math and Multiplication Tables).

The format is entirely multiple-choice questions. For each correct answer given, ten grains of rice are donated through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger. Though ten grains of rice may seem like a small amount, it is important to remember that thousands of people play at the same time. The children who use this site feel that they are bettering the world, while simultaneously improving their own skills!

Many people don’t know that once you answer the first question, you can change the level if it’s too easy or too hard. You can also change the subject with the click of a button. Even adults can benefit from this site. My seven-year-old son loves the Art section; he has become familiar with the most famous painters and their works. The math goes as high as pre-algebra, which gives a nice review. I love the grammar and vocabulary sections, which are great for every-day knowledge and have really helped students studying for the ISEE, SAT, and/or ACT entrance exams.

Visually, on the right-hand side of the screen, you can see the bowl filling up with grains of rice. You can also press the OPTIONS button, and choose “Remember my personal rice donation total from the last time I played when I start FreeRice.” This gives children the chance to see cumulatively how much they have actually donated in an effort to help end world hunger. Over 64 million grains of rice have been donated to date (September 2010), and the amount continues to increase. One hundred percent of the donation is distributed to people in need. This site provides a win-win situation for all involved!