When your children get tired
of reading and want something more interactive to do, let them check out some of
these fun educational websites to keep their brains active.
out our Mexico links
gathered for Cultural Arts Week.
PBS Kids Reading
PBS Kids Literacy
PBS Kids Vocabulary
PBS Kids Spelling
Magazines on the Web
Lunch Lady Comics
Jarrett Krosoczka's site.
Random House site for kids. Includes
interactive games, contests, and information on Seuss and his works.
Brett's Coloring Video and Activity Pages http://www.janbrett.com/
The World of Beverly Cleary
Kids: Learn about the characters, play games, explore Ramona
Quimby's neighborhood, take a trivia quiz, read an interview and watch a video
about the author.
Teachers: Download The World of Ramona Quimby Teacher’s Guide for your
classroom or library.
Learn about the Ramona and Beezus movie http://www.ramonaandbeezus.com/
Bus Games http://www.scholastic.com/parents/play/games/#
Craze Buckle up and drive
the Magic School Bus through a maze, collecting plants, animals, and
information along the way.
Chase The Friz is exploring the solar system. Use her
clues to track her from planet to planet.
Bugs Mix and match bug body parts to make your own
an Earful Listen
up! Click to hear the sounds and match them to their environments or
Great Habitat Match
Environmental emergency! We've got five endangered animals that need
help finding their habitats. Match them up to save the day.
Want to learn about the ins
and outs of a volcano? Take a road trip inside one! (It's okay, the
Magic School Bus is eruption-proof.)
of Weather Lizard Test your weather wits in this
quiz that covers tornadoes, thunderstorms, and blizzards.
Fun for Girls http://www.americangirl.com/fun/
The World of
Beverly Cleary http://www.beverlycleary.com/
Official Site http://www.scholastic.com/goosebumps/
Alex Rider http://www.alexrider.com/
Anthony Horowitz's super teen spy site.
Don’t forget to practice
those essential keyboarding skills. Short, but frequent practice sessions will
really help your child improve in speed and accuracy. If you don’t have a
keyboarding program at home I’ve listed a free online keyboarding program and
a free downloadable programs you can try.
Typing requires Nimble Fingers. This unique
typing program features the “Little Professor” as your private
instructor. He introduces the keys one at a time, analyzes errors,
offers suggestions, and may even send you back to the classroom. The
program contains interesting keyboard and numeric pad exercises, timed
writings and flash cards to develop your typing ability.
|Use the FREE online
typing tutorials to learn the basic keystrokes. http://www.nimblefingers.com/index_1.html |
|Then use Flash Cards to build typing speed
and accuracy. |
downloads permit customizing the program to meet your keyboarding
|Exercises for your finger and limbs for
|Or have fun exploring this huge web site
with interesting challenges and lots of typing tips and tricks.|
Shark - Downloadable typing
program and limited online game.
Zap sharks and piranha as
you dive for sunken treasure! Now you can play on your PC any time you want,
whether or not you're online. Improve your typing speed while having fun.! You
need to know all the keys to play this game.
Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, 32 Mb RAM, 16-bit Sound Card, SVGA
Graphics (16bit), Direct X 7.0
to purchase keyboarding software? Check out these reviews of
keyboarding software. http://www.superkids.com/aweb/pages/reviews/typing/
more keyboarding sites on our keyboarding web page Keyboarding Practice.
Free, fun multiplayer games for grades K-8, designed to improve math fact fluency.
Arcade at FunBrain.com http://www.funbrain.com/brain/MathBrain/MathBrain.html
Kids Math Games http://pbskids.org/games/math.html
at Math is Fun http://www.mathsisfun.com/games/index.html
and Logic Puzzles at
Math is Fun http://www.mathsisfun.com/puzzles/index.html
Welcome to Math Playground,
an action-packed site for elementary and middle school students. Practice your
math skills, play a logic game and have some fun!
Math Doodles are designed to provide a place where children can
discover the joy, wonder, and fun of mathematics.
Math Sites http://cte.jhu.edu/techacademy/web/2000/heal/mathsites.htm
Really Cool Math Websites! Algebra, Geometry, Discrete Math, Trigonometry
and Calculus Sites. Math Puzzles & Math Brain Teasers Sites. Math Web Quest
Sites. Math Humor. Elementary, Middle, & High School Math Teacher Resources!
Student Page http://www.multiplication.com/students.htm
worksheets, flash cards, activities and quizzes to help your child learn their
Try to solve 50 math facts in 2 1/2 minutes:
Level 1Multiplication = facts 0-5
Level 2 Multiplication = facts 0-12
Use level 1 multiplication for multiplication fact practice.
Figure This! http://www.figurethis.org/index.html
Mathematical challenges for families provide interesting math
challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families. Figure
is designed to provide an exciting and family-friendly way to become more
involved in learning math. All materials on the site can be downloaded for free
and reprinted for distribution. Figure
is a joint project of the National Action Council for Minorities in
Engineering, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Widmeyer
Communications, and the Learning First Alliance.
GAMES & MORE:
Sumo Paint is a full featured photo editing / painting
application, which works right in your favorite web browser! The application can
be used in Windows, Macintosh or Linux operating systems. The only requirement
is the Flash Player (which usually comes preinstalled in any OS). See http://www.sumopaint.com
for more info. See http://www.sumopaint.com/help/
through a complete list of Sumo Paints tools and features, view tutorials and
get tips on usage. Options to save to your document to your computer, or create
a Sumo account in which to save.
Stick Figure Animator
this link is currently not working http://pivot-stickfigure-animator.en.softonic.com/
Free Download for PC computers running Windows (Win95/98/Me/NT/XP/Vista/7). Allows you to create simple animations.
Option to import backgrounds you have created in a paint program. Option to
save as a .bmp or .gif file. Opt out of any additional download
download source: Download
for the following message and click on the "click here" link to
download Pivot without downloading the free download of TechTracker .
download will begin in a moment...
download? Check for
your browser's security bar at the top of the page
Stick Figure Animator Tutorial video
- How to create your first animation with Pivot Stickfigure
Multi-platform Stick Figure Animator http://www.stykz.net/
is freeware, meaning it's completely free to download and use to create
animations that you can show off to others or import into other applications.
Works in Windows and Mac OS X. It is similar to Pivot but has some extra
features. You can imports Pivot .stk files to use in Stykz. Stykz
does not let you import a background for all of your slides.
the Mouse http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/harperchildrensimages/game/mouse17.swf
Use red, green and blue sliders to make different colors.
Etch A Sketch http://www.etchy.org/
A virtual Etch-A-Sketch ® where you can create a drawing and submit it for
posting in the gallery. If you submit a picture, it will not show up immediately
because all of the artwork is checked before it is published. Once it is
published, there is a button to send an email announcement with a link to your
Play games and online activities while you learn about paintings and other
works of art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.
Monkey Fan Club http://www.chunkymonkey.com/
cartoon and drawing lessons for kids, original stories, and a showcase for
kids' art. There are also other fun activities.
Lifetime of Color (ArtEdventures redeisgned)http://www.alifetimeofcolor.com/
Games for Primary Students Interactive
Games for Intermediate Students
Our ArtEdventures are interactive online games for teachers and students. Activities, demos, lessons, featured artists, games.
Potter Fans (unofficial site) http://www.harrypotterfans.com/
Scholastic HP site. Information about each book, discussion chamber,
guides (pronunciation guide & glossary), and the Harry
Potter Wizard Challenge (Trivia
Official Warner Brothers Site
practice games http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/game
the Pixies http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/livethemagic/
off school grounds http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/beyondhogwarts/index.html
Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Video clips from the movie coming to theatres on July 15, 2009.
a howler http://www.bloomsburymagazine.com/harrypotter/wizard/section/howler_main.asp
a screensaver http://www.bloomsburymagazine.com/harrypotter/wizard/section/screensaver.asp
the books are created http://www.bloomsburymagazine.com/harrypotter/wizard/section/creation.asp
Potter Facts http://www.harrypotterfacts.com/
summaries of all books.
Lists of names, creatures, objects and terms all defined
and referenced where you will find them.
HP screensavers and wallpaper.
Jigsaw Puzzles - National Geographic
yourself and challenge others to solve these Atlas map jigsaw puzzles.
Official site for the show about kids living in Early America.Contains fun games, activities and historical facts.
National Geographic Kids
as well as
Magazine, Activities and Experiments, Creature Features, Cartoon Factory, Print 'n' Go Coloring Book, GeoBee
Challenge, Parents Guide
Story from America's Library
of this as the Library of Congress, light. Let students of American History
explore this colorful site to find out tidbits about history, culture and the
people of the
. There is a game to go with each
Meet Amazing Americans:
Individuals and groups of people who are important to
Jump Back in Time:
Time periods and particular days in
Explore the States:
Things that happened in particular US states.
American pastimes and recreational activities.
See, Hear and Sing:
Movies, voices and music from America's past.
Egypt -- The British Museum
The British Museum staff has created a website dealing with many areas of study of Ancient Egypt. Explore Egyptian Life, Geography, Pyramids, and Time. Find out where writing was used in Ancient Egypt. Shockwave activities are included for each
area of study. Check out the Staff area for a complete glossary and descriptions
Kids Dig Reed: discover the Reed Farmstead Archaeological Site, learn about
archaeology and how archaeologists work, and reconstruct how our ancestors lived
over 150 years ago! Through a series of games, puzzles, and a virtual site tour, I'll introduce you
to the families who lived on the farmstead and how these people were able to
make a living in the rugged uplands of eastern West Virginia!
Lewis & Clark http://www.lewis-clark.org/
is an ever-growing Web site currently containing more than 1,400 pages. The
centerpiece of Discovering Lewis and Clark is a nineteen-part synopsis of the
expedition by historian Harry Fritz, illustrated with selections from the
journals of the expedition, photographs, maps, animated graphics, moving
pictures, and sound files. You can also navigate through Discovering Lewis and
Clark by using the "Discovery Paths" or the "Journal
Excerpts" menus. The word-search utility can be used to find references
anywhere in the text.
Kids Science Games http://pbskids.org/games/science.html
The Magic School Bus Marine Life Tour
The Magic School Bus Animals Tour
The Magic School Bus Dinosaurs Tour
The Magic School Bus Space Tour http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/tour/tour.htm?space
Kids' Club http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html
5 levels of entertaining, and educational activities designed for kids in grades
for Students in Grades K-4 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/index.html
for Students in Grades 5-8 http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/index.html
Fun and Games
with map skills? Help your students build a sky map. This program lets you
choose a nearby city, or enter your latitude and longitude, to find out what is
in the sky presently. Using fairly easy-to-use controls, you can then manipulate
the data to find a star map for the next night, or the next week.
Excellence: The Mystery Spot
online and offline activities that allow you and your students to solve
mysteries using science. Find out what happened to the local frog population,
explore Arctica, or use a microscope to solve a mystery. These fourteen
activities are designed to show science in a whole new light.
Rick's Kid Zone (Ages 7 and up)
National Wildlife Federation is a member supported conservation group. This site
is an excellent resource for learning about the environment. It includes
activities, games and resources on the web as well as ideas for environmental
activities outside. It also includes ideas for becoming active in the community.
Rick's Fun and Games http://www.nwf.org/kidzone/kzPage.cfm?siteId=3&departmentId=77
your spelling skills with these sites.
Spelling Program http://www.spellingcity.com
Student or parent can
type in a list of words, then choose “Teach Me” (word will be spoken,
spelled and put in a sentence) “Play a Game”(choose from several games to
play, some online and some are printable), “Test Me” (the word will be
spoken and/or put in a sentence and student must type it, then they are scored).
This site also lets teachers sign up and create lists for their class.
Choose from multiple spelling
lists categorized by grade level (1-8), or type you own, and then choose from
nine activities. Also has vocabulary lists for grade levels 1-8.
Look at a word, have it covered, write the word, have it checked. Choose from
given word lists (some are categorized by spelling patterns, some are
categorized by themes) or type your own.
Games International Internet Playroom
trials of software packages that can be purchased from Music
Games International (music
appreciation software) at http://www.nutcrackergame.com/,
includes Flying Instruments from The Nutcracker, 12 Steps
Game from Alice in Vilvadi's Four Seasons, Orchestra Game
from The Magic Flute, Music Riddles from Alice in
Vilvadi's Four Seasons, 3 Stages Game from Alice in Vilvadi's
matching game for young kids from MENC's "Charlie Horse Music
Pizza" Teacher's Guide
Match match the instrument with the sound it should really make.
A music activity that lets you create, record, and play your own music.
Penner Juke Box
Fred Penner Juke Box works just the way a regular juke box does without having
to insert any coins. Play your favorite song from one of the CD's.
Kazounds is a musical memory game that gets you to copy the sounds you hear.
Each button has a different color and tone, and will light up when it is
played. The goal of this game is to repeat the tones you hear in the order you
Arts - Past Country Visits
Click and drag the images to create a
scarecrow and other fall objects.
Use these activities as story starters or to practice descriptive
writing. Also good for developing Mouse skills.
Coloring Addition Game (Sums to 10) http://www.softschools.com/coloring_games/coloring_addition_turkey.jsp
Corn Jigsaw Puzzle
Put the jigsaw puzzle pieces together to form a picture.
Drag and Drop Puzzle http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/thanksgiving/games/dragdrop/start.htm
Unscramble the pieces to make a picture. Click on the
puzzle piece that you want to move. Hold your mouse button down, and
move the puzzle piece to where you think it should go.
Catch the food with the tray and get it to the table.
and Dressing http://akidsheart.com/holidays/thanks/dressturk.htm
Dress the turkey.
Make a Silly Turkey
Dress up a turkey with feathers, clothing and other items.
Terminator Fraction Game http://www.kidsnumbers.com/turkey-terminator-math-game.php
A fast paced and exciting
game for practicing fractions. How much of the pie is left? Enter the
amount, and then use the pies to hit the turkeys as they try to escape.
Use your mouse to move the oven mitten, use the left mouse button to shoot
pies at turkeys. If you run out of pies, you must answer a fraction
question to reload.
Fill all of empty squares in the grid with a picture. Each picture may
appear only once in each row, column, and 3x3 box.
Each puzzle has only one solution. If you get stuck,
you can click the 'give me a hint' button and any errors you have made
will be highlighted in red; or if you've made no mistakes, a green square
will show where you can go next. If you try to place a picture where it
already exists on that row, column, or small square, both occurrences will
be highlighted in red.
Put your memory to the test with Turkey Filbriks!
Find the matching tiles without letting the rows of tiles hit the
bottom of the game area. Match tiles in the same row or column and
clear all the tile in between for more points. Earn bonus points by
matching two or more consecutive tiles. Make matches quickly to earn
more points. If any tile hits the bottom, the game is over.
Turkey Run http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/thanksgiving/games/turkeyrun/start.htm
Help the Turkey escape his destiny and avoid becoming dinner.
Future Football Legends http://kids.aol.com/games/future-football-legends/
Play against the computer team. You have 4 plays to make a touch
down. Your play must add up to a decimal between 1.0 and 1.10. Three
levels of difficulty: decimals divisible by 5, decimals divisible by
5 and 2, all decimals between 0 and 1.00.