This month has been the month where my co-workers have told me “my students are bored with their computer center activities. Do you have any other sites you can share?” So, I went on an online scavenger hunt to find fun, educational, and level appropriate (free) online activities that their students can choose from when they have their computer center activity time. Below is an annotated list of sites for younger users (K-3) that would be great for centers or for “at home” supplemental learning activities.
Science & Math Connections
Peep and the Big Wide World is an interactive site for students and teachers with learning games, science videos staring Peep, and home connection activities for math and science. This site is a companion website for the TV show that airs in Canada. The site is intended for pre-school students, but would definitely be applicable for younger elementary students. The site’s fun and interactive manner will engage your students. The video segments would also be a great connection to show to the whole class on a SMART board to learn about the science topics. The games would be great for a center activity and include topics like memory and finding objects, shapes, counting, painting, compare and contrast, and sorting.
Count Us In is a website geared for younger elementary students to learn about number concepts. This site is easy for students to figure out and use. There are fifteen levels of the game that the student can play. Each game has easy to follow rules and can be replayed as many times as the student likes. Each time the game remains the same, but the math values change. Some examples of games include finding which pitcher of water has more, moving sheep into equal amounts in different pens, subtraction bowling, and moving children in order of balloon numbers onto a roller coast ride. Like the previous site, this site could also be shown on an interactive white board. The students could then come up to the board and move the elements around to solve the number concept they are learning about in class. Then the students could continue the activity during their computer center time or at home.
Language Arts & Reading Connections
Game Goo (Learning that Sticks) is an educational website for young learners for reading and language arts. The site is separated into three levels, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. At the beginner level, the games include letter sounds, direction and vocabulary, letter recognition and fact vs. fiction. The intermediate games include word order, sentence structure and spelling. The advanced games include spelling, pairing words with similar meanings, alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, and opposites. This is a great resource for leveled instruction based on academic progress and goals. The games are also fun, easy to use, and highly engaging. This is a great center resource for emerging and early readers.
Giggle Poetry is a fun(ny) site for kids to learn about poetry. Students can create their own silly poems and share them online. Students learn how to write poems, play poetry related games, learn and plan for a poetry theater, play word games, and read poems. When the students read the poems, they can then rate the poems on the giggle meter. This site exposes children to poems in a fun learning environment. Students can read the poems, and use them as a spring board in writing and performing their own poems in a classroom poetry theater environment. This is a good site to share with a class as a poetry spring-board activity or for students during a computer-reading center activity. Since the students have to rate the poems they read, they are activity engaged in the reading process while learning about poetry.
Article By Laura Ketcham
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