Free Online Educational Games, Worksheets, Tools, and Informational Sites
ABCya focuses heavily on building math, reading and writing skills, but it also covers some additional topics as wells as holiday themes. All of the games and apps were approved by certified teachers.
Starfall provides free interactive materials and games that help kids practice reading and build their phonemic awareness.
PBS Parents: Online Games The Online Games section of the PBS website offers not only games but also printable activities such as coloring pages. These resources attract and engage young students because they feature popular PBS characters.
Game Classroom has compiled games, lessons, videos, and worksheets from a variety of reputable sites. The site also offers helpful articles and newsletters to keep parents informed.
Funbrain focused on improving math and reading skills, Funbrain features books and comics as well as arcades filled with interactive games.
Light Up Your Brain the brainteaser games and audio stories featured on Light Up Your Brain help students hone their problem-solving, reading, color matching, math, and fine motor skills. For example, your child can test his or her understanding of physics in "Successful Experiment" by using different sized balls to move an object to a designated place.
Prongo offers free games, e-cards, jokes, downloads, brainteasers, and links for most major academic subjects. You can also create interactive quizzes for your student using the Quiz Station.
Fact Monster combines reference materials, facts, and trivia quizzes for kids on all subjects. Parents, educators, and kids can get homework help and access almanacs, an encyclopedia, a dictionary, and an atlas.
Multiplication.com (Grades 2-6) helps students review multiplication tables as well as addition and subtraction facts. It has Interactive Games, Classroom Games, and worksheets that can be downloaded.
Scholastic: The Stacks (Grades 2-7) offers puzzles, games, and quizzes, but the first things you should check out are the writing games. These prompts are based on characters and themes from Scholastic books and encourage students to practice their creative writing skills.
Cool Tools for Schools: Wikispaces offers a vast variety of web 2.0 tools for students and teachers, including mapping, quiz and poll, graphing, video, music, and writing. Easy to use and provide descriptions of each tool. Site is easy to navigate and includes a teacher resource section organized by subject and topic. APPLICATONS: Students and teachers can use this resource to develop web quests, flashcards, and graphs. Depending on your need or goal, Cool Tool organizes dozens of sites so it is easy for students and teachers to choose the best application for the task at hand.
Wonderopolis: Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease created by the National Center for Family Literacy, Wonderopolis focuses on subjects of which children are curious. This immediately engages the student and encourages him/her to learn more. A video is included in each topic of information. APPLICATIONS: Teachers/parents can create a "Wonder of the Day" bulletin board. Students can submit a question on a topic they are curious about. There is also an online support network for teachers and parents to ask questions and share ideas. Students can add comments to the daily wonder.
International Children's Digital Library multicultural digital library created by the International Children's Library. Students can read books online from 19 different languages from dozens of different countries. Children, parents, and teachers can search for books boy age level, topic, color of cover, length, award winners, and recently added. Books are visually appealing to early elementary students and children can begin reading and story immediately. All text and pictures can be enlarged. APPLICATIONS: Students can practice independent reading skills and easily choose books at their level and interest. Children can read different stories and share their opinions on Kidblog. Students can read the same story without worrying about having a classroom set.
My Storymaker students can create their own digital stories. They can choose their characters, setting, and topic. Children have many opportunities for creativity, as they change the setting and add details to their stories. Students can preview before they print and share their stories. APPLICATIONS: Children can be given a broad writing prompt, and they can use My Story Maker to make the topic their own. They have to opportunity to share their creations with family and peers. Can be used to create a whole class story with all students contributing.
Kerpoof: Disney best for 2nd grade and older, Kerpoof allows students to create stories, spell a picture, make a card, and create movies, drawings, and pictures. This site offers a teacher tools section which can help create lessons incorporating Kerpoof. Students can save their work as they go, so projects can continue throughout the year.
Tagexdo offers interactive word clouds with many creative outlets (shapes, colors, sizes). The site is visually stimulating and allows for individual creativity. APPLICATIONS: Word clouds are a great way to make "All About Me" projects interesting and different. Can be used after reading a book to create a character analysis. A great way to review vocabulary words in science and social studies. The main idea of a story or chapter can be enlarged, with supporting details around the main topic are smaller. When studying a historical figure, a biography can be created, with the descriptive words are in the shape of that person.
E-Learning of Kids is organized by both grade level and subject areas. Included interactive learning videos with practice within the video, perfect for the interactive white board. Each 'course' lists the appropriate age level for the students. Geared for grades K-6. APPLICATIONS: Perfect for review of a new skill (example: compound words). Great for whole class lessons and review. Allows for children to be actively involved in the learning content.
The Magic Tree House features teachers Resource Center with printable/downloadable guides and activities. A "Reading Buddies" Club includes Educators Reading Buddies Guide and supporting materials to set up a "Reading Buddies" Club and track progress. Includes interactive games.
Edutopia: 48 Ultra-Cool Sites for Kids & Teachers offers links to 48 different educational websites for teachers, parents, and students alike.
15 Great Websites for Elementary Educators educational websites for teachers, parents, and students on varying subjects, topics, and grade levels. Some may require membership/fees.
PowerMyLearningConnect is a free platform to personalize instruction and to inspire student-driven learning. Designed for students K-12 students, educators, and parents it offers a flexible way to implement blending learning. Select from thousands of games, tools, videos, and simulations that are curated by educators; tagged by subject, grade, and more; and aligned to the Common Core standards through a multi-step process.
Bogglesworldesl.com for grades K-8 offering ESL teacher and parent resources including flashcards, worksheets, games, crosswords, lesson plans, words searches & finds, creative writing and many other useful tools and materials.