With the end of the school year coming closer to an end, required content curriculum for classes is winding down. Online learning games can be used to make connections with previously taught curriculum as a recap for the school year. Here are a few websites that students can access to play online learning games.
Sheppard Software has many free and fun web-based learning games. Most of the games are aimed at pre-K and elementary students, but there are also learning games for middle and high school students. They cover all of the major subject areas including math, reading, language arts, science, and social studies. The games have great animation that will be highly engaging for students. The directions are very explicit and the students should not need much direction in completing the activities. Providing your students a list of the games that they should play during this activity will help students to review material that was learned throughout the year while building stronger skills in those areas.
Play Kids Games
Play Kids Games also has a variety of interactive online learning games. One advantage to this website is that teachers can create their own classroom pages from this site for free. Teachers can take their own content, like vocabulary words, and add them into the games. The page is then setup with the fun and interactive games based on the content the students are learning in their classroom. So far, only the online vocabulary-based games can be modified.
Do 2 Learn
Do 2 Learn is an online learning game website designed specifically for special needs kids. The free games include learning colors, numbers, emotions, sequencing, and vocabulary. There are also two sing-a-long animation sections to teach students about important concepts related to safety and speech sounds. In addition to games, there are programs and activities available for a fee that are very useful resources in the special needs classroom. These activities can be used throughout the year and then can be used at the end of the year to repeat very important concepts.
Teaching Learners with Multiple Needs
The blog, Teacher Learners with Multiple Needs, has a great post about learning games that students with special needs can play using switches. Games range from learning letters and vocabulary to matching, math, and money skills. All of the games use fairly simplistic motions, which make them great for use with switches. Some are just for fun and getting the students to use the computers and get use to using a switch, whereas other are more curriculum based.
There are many online websites that are offering free learning activities for students. Always make sure t o play the games fully before asking your students to play to ensure that they will be able to play. You need to let them know i not to select advertisements and be sure that it covers the content that you want them to be reviewing.
Article By Laura Ketcham
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