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Online Learning Games for Review

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.

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Sheppard Software

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.

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January Mashup – Fun Online Learning Games for Kids

This month’s mashup is a discussion of fun online learning games for students in grades K-8.  All of these websites below can be used by students independently during computer center time or even at home.  Some of them would be great resources to use as a class presentation and have students interact on a digital whiteboard.  Each site is also appropriate to be used with students with special needs and a variety of activities can be chosen based on the students learning levels and not necessarily grade level.

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ABCya

ABCya is a website for elementary level students to play online educational games.  These are fun, high-interest games that can be used during computer center time or for reinforcement of key concepts.  This site would also be a great resource for the students to use at home.  There are many different activities broken down in to the various standard strands for math, science, language arts, and social studies activities.

Kids will have so much fun they won’t even realize they are learning!  I played Balloon Pop Subtraction.  In this game the students pop the correct number of balloons to solve the problems.  There are three levels of difficulty for students to choose from depending on age and ability.

I also tried the Map It! game in the classroom where students have to match the puzzle pieces with the shapes of the states to where they would fit on the map.  I enjoyed having my students challenge each other to see who could solve the puzzle the fastest.  On the easy level, it provides the students the names of the states and on the hard level it does not.

Teaching technology, the unit on future technologies and robots, is one of my favorites, so I also played the Build a Robot game.  In this game, students get to pick the shapes to build the body for their robot, increase or decrease their size, rotate, and layer the parts in order to build their own unique robot.  The robots can be saved to a file or even printed to display in the classroom.  I encourage my students to not just make robots that are shaped like people, since the majority of robots do not take this form.  As an extension for this website, you could have students write a description of their robot, what it does and how it helps society.

Jig Saw Doku

Jig Saw Doku  is a kid’s version of Sudoku.  This website provides various levels of difficulty ranging from easy to hard.  All of the pieces are tiled like primary color numbered blocks.  These blocks need to be placed in the pattern where no numbers overlap a row or column.  The hint option is great tool for kids to see their mistakes.  The misplaced tiles are removed to give the student another try.  The game is timed at the bottom, so it would be a good challenge to race against their best times or against other students.

The Sensory House

The Sensory House is a great interactive website for special needs students.  Students enter the sensory house through the door and then enter the hallway and are able to choose from a selection of rooms and decorations.  When you select an object, more options will appear which will then lead the student to an activity.  In the garden, students build a virtual garden filled with animals, plants and other garden art.  In the music room, students can play a variety of classical and rock instruments.  In the money manager, students calculate costs and change for a wide variety of household expenses.  This would be a good website to project on an interactive board to work with students as a class.

Shape Poems

Read Write Think has an interactive website where students can learn and write their own Shape Poems.  Students are able to select an appropriate shape for their poem, type their poem, and print their poem in color to share with their classmates.  This would be a great activity to introduce poetry.

All of these sites offer fun learning experiences for children of all ages.  Are there others that you have found?  Please comment and add them our shared resources.

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