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Teaching with the Web

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The Best Sites for Elementary Math and Reading Activities
The web provides a wealth of interactive sites for learning. Some of the best are listed below - and also on 4J's filter by-pass list so younger students in 4J don't need to authenticate to access them. This page also includes tips for teaching and learning with online activities.

Please add your comments and ideas for teaching and learning with these web sites. You must join this wiki to comment. To do so, please join this wiki first. (Note: you do not need to join to add to the discussion pages).

Comments are open-ended and can include tips, ratings, and other ideas for your colleagues. Activity ideas should be listed in the following format:
  1. Title (grades) - Brief description

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  • Dig Deep! Explore the activity or site, including teacher (or parent) information. Try out activities; take note of what happens if you make mistakes or use the activity "the wrong way." Look for other language options, such as Spanish
  • Brainstorm! Consider possible ways to use the site. What would you do if you only had five minutes of prep time? Could you use the site to build an ongoing activity or integrated thematic unit? Can it serve as a launching point for other classroom activities? Provide an opportunity for independent learning or differentiated instruction?
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  • Have it Your Way! Connect to your curriculum, making the web tools and activities work for YOU. Look for sites, activities and materials that support and enhance the teaching you already do; see if the site offers useful printables to extend the learning opportunities.
  • Mix it Up! Choose and use conventional materials and web sites together. Whoever said you can't use virtual manipulatives on screen along side real 3D manipulatives?
  • Have a Practical Mindset toward Technology:
    • Treat it the way you treat other tools and materials – pick, choose and customize as needed
    • Treat challenges and tech failures as opportunities to model flexibility and problem-solving for your students. (In fact, if accidents and mistakes don't happen to you, consider "planting" some into your lesson to highlight difficult steps or enhance critical thinking!
  • Look for Quality
    • Use the sites listed on this page, and check back often!
    • Connect to other sources for quality links that continually add new links
  • If all else fails, have your students create web site "reviews" – note the name and URL, briefly describe the materials or activities, decide who would like it or learn from it, the site's best features and what would make it better.

top.pngMath Sites

These online activities focus specifically on math, and can include online quizzes, manipulatives, flashcards and more, and may also include printable resources to use in the classroom or at home.

A Plus Math

– Activities, flash cards (online & printable), homework help
Activity Ideas:
  1. Title (3+) – Flashcards, worksheets, etc.
  2. Homework Help (3+) - Let kids design their own homework sheets to print out and take home.

Comments: This is a nice website for math, but unless you have a title 2nd grader, it is more for 3rd and above.

Illuminations

– Activities, lesson plans, standards, links
Activity Ideas:
  1. Title (grades) – Describe

Comments: This site is really great for ELL learners as well as those how need the concrete actions using manipulatives. The math numeric problems that go with this activity help for computational fluency.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

– Online manipulatives which correlate with national math standards; very open-ended.
Activity Ideas:
  1. Factors (4/5) – I use the factor tree activity for teaching about prime numbers. The kids love it! It is quick and easy to do, and you can choose how many "trees" to have going at a time.
  2. Bar Graph (3-5) – have kids graph how they come to school - bike, bus, walk, etc.
  3. Laura Hood, Edison (1st) – We are supposed to collect data on how our students come to school this week (walk, car, bike, etc), so I will use the bar chart activity to record this info each morning. I'm not sure yet if the chart will save/print, but I'll try it out.

Comments: Coupled with a smartboard, this site hold endless possibilities

U.S. Mint

– Learn about money and how it's made.
Activity Ideas:
  1. Title (grades) – Describe

Comments: Cartoons give great, short background information on how coins are made

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Sites that specifically address reading and literacy

Bembo's Zoo

– A lovely, simple site where letters morph into animals!
Activity Ideas:
  1. Create Your Own (3-5) – Have students use animal (or other!) words to create their own creatures.

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Create-a-Reader

– Early reading to third grade activities; free activities; paid version includes customized tracking.
Activity Ideas:
  1. Title (grades) – Describe

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The Literacy Center

– Early learning activities in English, Spanish, French and German; numbers, shapes, letters, etc.
Activity Ideas:
  1. Title (grades) – Describe

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Read, Write, Think

– Online activities, lesson plans, standards and links to literacy sites across the web
Activity Ideas:
  1. Stapleless Books (grades- all) – A wonderful way for kids to write books, then illustrate on their own, then take with them.

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Reading is Fundamental

– Reading activities and stories, in English and Spanish. See Reading Planet and Read-along Stories
Activity Ideas:
  1. Title (grades) – Describe

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Silly Books.net

– Online stories and music in a variety of read-along formats
Activity Ideas:
  1. Under the "Music" heading (all grades) – Beautiful songs, especially "Fireflies," that students can sing along with; in effect, enhancing their reading skills in a non-threatening way.

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Starfall.com

– One of the most comprehensive interactive story sites for pre-readers through second grade
Activity Ideas:
  1. Title (grades) – Describe

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Story Place

– Online stories in English and Spanish
Activity Ideas:
  1. Title (grades) – Describe

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Storyline Online

– Online streaming videos of children's books read by members of the Screen Actors Guild. Lessons and activities for each book.
Activity Ideas:
  1. Thank you Mr. Falker (grades) – This is a great book to share about dyslexia with kids of all ages. This site provides a movie and some discussion questions for several story books.
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top.pngEducational Sites

Sites with many activities that can include reading, math, and much more.

ABC'ya

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  1. Title (grades) – Describe

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BBC Kids

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  1. Title (grades) – Describe

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BrainPOP Jr.

– Some free and some paid activities
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  1. Title (grades) – Describe

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Scholastic

– Activities to go with many favorite characters and books from Scholastic, including Clifford.
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  1. Title (grades) – Describe

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More Educational Sites
Childtopia
Comments: paid subscription with some free activities
Education Place (HMH)
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Enchanted Learning.com
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Funbrain.com
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Funranch.com
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Kidbiz3000.com
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Kiddyhouse.com
Comments: resource center for kids and teachers
Kidport.com
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Kidscomjr.com
Comments: a web site for kids and preschoolers
PBSkids.org
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Playkidsgames.com
Comments: free online kids games that are both fun and educational.
Primarygames.com
Comments: A fun place to learn!
Kidszone.co.uk
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Prongo.com
Comments: A fun, interactive, educational way for kids to learn
Sesame Street.org
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Seussville.com
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top.pngPublisher's Sites

These sites are aligned with textbooks that you may use. You can find activities and resources to match what is presented.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Saxon)

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  1. Title (grades) – Describe

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Harcourt School Publishers
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Quia
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Riverdeep
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Sadlier Oxford Educational Publishing
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top.jpgSpanish Language Sites

These sites are primarily in Spanish or include Spanish

Chicomania.com

Activity Ideas:
  1. Title (grades) – Describe

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National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

– In English, Spanish and French - see activities and comments under Math

top.pngMore Spanish Sites

Kokone
Spanish site
Milcuentos
Spanish site
The Literacy Center
Spanish, French, German options
Story Place
Spanish option

top.pngMore 4J Bypass Sites



http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Kidshealth.org
KidsHealth
Space.com
Comments: Satellites, Stars, Astronomy, Planets and more
Rocksforkids.com
Comments: Find out about Rocks and Minerals
Spaceplace.nasa.gov
NASA - Space Place
Starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov
Comments: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers
Askkids.com
Ask Kids
Buildyourwildself.com
BuiLD YouR WiLD SeLF
Childrensmuseum.org
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Colgate.com
Colgate
Crawfordthecat.com
Crawford the Cat
dsokids.com
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Howstuffworks.com
How Stuff Works
Jan Brett.com
Jan Brett Home Page
Kbears.com
Knowledge bears - Fun, interactive online worlds,
Kerpoof.com
Kerpoof - art program
Kidsdinos.com
Dinosaurs for kids
NASA.gov
NASA
Nationalgeographic.com
National Geographic
Naturegrid.org.uk
Canterbury Environmental Education Centre
Nettrekker.com
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NYphilkids.org
Comments: New York Philharmonic
Oregonzoo.org
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Owenandmzee.com
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Pocanticohills.org
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http://www.pps.k12.or.us
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Rainforest-alliance.org
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SFSkids.org
Comments: San Francisco Symphony Kids
Sheppardsoftware.com
Comments: Educational Games
Smokeybear.com
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Sparky.org
Comments: Sparky the Fire Dog
Squiglysplayhouse.com
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Stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov
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Thekidzpage.com
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Thinkingfountain.org
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Timeforkids.com
Comments: Time Magazine For Kids
TVOkids.com
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Ultimateiditarod.com/
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Uncle Fred.com
Comments: Draw and Color with Uncle Fred
Weatherwizkids.com
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Whalemuseum.org
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Windows.ucar.edu
Comments: Windows to the Universe
Wordcentral.com
Comments: Merriam-Webster's Word Central
Worldbookonline.com
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Yesnet.yk.ca
Comments: Yukon Education Student Network
Yourchildlearns.com
Comments: Owl and Mouse - learn to read, play with maps and build a medieval castle. Free.

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