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Interactive Websites, Games, and Activities

What websites will get my students actively involved with learning rather than just reading off the screen?
 
Where can I find simulations and other interactive learning experiences?
 
I need to address individual differences. Some students need more practice than others. Where can I find interactive, practice activities for students?


gameInteractives

Interactive websites engage students by providing information and resources along with practice, simulations, and other learning activities. They can be highly interactive, content-rich simulations such as the Frog Guts (subscription-based) simulation and the Edheads games. Or, traditional drill and practice like Funbrain or book quizzes like Book Adventure. Go to PBS Kids and Learner.org for lots of examples.

Go to Mission US: A Revolutionary Way to Learn History and Zebrafish for examples.
 
Some people think of interactive games as "low level." However, it depends on how they are used. Are students making a good use of their time? Are the activities realistic, yet challenging? Can you use the games to promote learning in another area? Can you write about the activities?

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Interactive Activities, Simulations, and Learning Games

There are many websites that contain tutorials, simulations, and problem solving activities.

There are many websites that appear to be simple games. However, they can often be used as springboards for effective activities.

General Websites

Activity Search from Education Place
http://www.eduplace.com/activity/
Links to lots of activities by topic/theme.

BBC Schools star means quality
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/
Lots of great activities. There are many learning games.

Birmingham Grid for Learning
http://www.bgfl.org
Explore lots of great interactive activities from many content areas. Many of these activities include audio elements. These are aligned with UK standards.

GridClub
http://www.gridclub.com/
Explore fun, children's educational games from the UK.

Learner.org
http://www.learner.org/students/
Interactive, online exhibits on topics such as Amusement Park Physics, Ancient Civilizations, and the Middle Ages.

The Learning Box
http://www.learningbox.com/i_index.htm
Interactive activities on many topics.

PBSKids star means quality
http://pbskids.org/games.html
Lots of games learning and fun games based on PBS characters.

PBS star means quality
http://pbs.org
Many activities such as WayBack US History.

Read Write Think: Student Materials star means quality
http://readwritethink.org/student_mat/index.asp
Lots of interactive tools for reading, writing, and thnking.

Scholastic Online Activities star means quality
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/
Contains a mixture of activity types including collaborative, online projects.

Sesame Street
http://www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/?scrollerId=games
Over 100 games for young children.

ThinkPort from Maryland Public Television
http://www.thinkport.org/
Explore their Online Field Trips of interactive activities.

Zoom
http://pbskids.org/zoom/index.shtml
Lots of fun activities for kids

Art & Music Resources

Hands-on Crafts
http://www.handsoncrafts.org/index.htm
Throw a pot and build a jug among other activities.

Museum of Modern Art Online Activities
http://moma.org/learn/index
Art Safari and others.

Communication Arts Resources

BBC
SpellIts,

Between the Lions
http://pbskids.org/lions/games/
Reading games for young children.

Choosing Adjectives
http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/vtc/ngfl/english/monmouthshire/choose_adj_monmouthshire.html
Fun game.

Concrete Poetry
http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/play/games/concretepoetry.htm
Fun poetry game.

Listen & Write
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education
Create rap, write poems, and have a great time writing.

Math Resources

Crickweb
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2numeracy-tools.html

Figure This
http://www.figurethis.org/index.html
Math activities for kids.

Illuminations
http://illuminations.nctm.org
Great interactive tools.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html

Math Cats
http://www.mathcats.com/
Fun activities for creative thinking and math.

Number Jumbler
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/maths/games/number_jumbler/big_sound/full.shtml
Math game

Virtual Manipulatives
http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/mathematics/ebook_assets/vmf/VMF-Interface.html

Visual Fractions
http://www.visualfractions.com/
Tutorials on fractions.

Science Resources

Amazing Space
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/
Online explorations including Planet Impact!, Hubble Mission, Galaxies Galore and more!

Atoms Family
http://www.miamisci.org/af/sln/
Science activities.

BBC Science Clips
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/index_flash.shtml
Lots of great science activities.

The Biology Project
http://www.biology.arizona.edu/
Problem sets and tutorials.

Biointeractive from HHMI
http://biointeractive.org/
High school libs such as transgenic fly lab.

Children's Museum of Indianapolis
http://www.childrensmuseum.org
Interactive activities including dinosaurs and bones.

Cool Science for Curious Kids
http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/
Interactive learning for science.

Earth Science Games from NASA
http://kids.earth.nasa.gov/games/

Exploratorium Online Activities
http://www.exploratorium.edu/explore/online.html
Try activities in the following areas: observatory, planet earth, machines & tools, living things, seeing, sport science, human body, mind & perception, and food.

FossWeb
http://www.fossweb.com/
Interactive resources for grades K-2, 3-6, and middle school on many science topics.

The Great Plant Escape
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/
Learn about plants (English and Spanish) for grades 3-5.

Human Anatomy Online from Inner Learning
http://www.innerbody.com/
Learn about the human body.

Nobel Prize Simulations and Games
http://nobelprize.org/educational/
Play games based on award winning work.

This Old Habitat
http://www.fieldmuseum.org/thisoldhabitat/
Visit habitats and learn about ecology.

OMSI Science Activities
http://www.omsi.edu/activities
A dozen science topics and activties.

PBS Kids

Physics Classroom
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/
Tutorials related to physics.

Science Monster
http://www.sciencemonster.com/
Explore information and activities related to science.

Wonderville
http://www.wonderville.ca/
Science adventures for kids

Social Studies Resources

Animated Atlas star means quality
http://www.animatedatlas.com/movie.html
Traces the growth of the United States through animation and sound.

Asia Societystar means quality
http://asiasociety.org/education-learning
Drag the pictographsinto the slots. Includes hittite, egyptian, and sumerian visuals.

Bens' Guide to US Government
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/
Explore government games for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Includes a "Locate the States" game.

Congress for Kids
http://www.congressforkids.net/
Activities on government.

If You Were President
http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/games_quizzes/electiongame/game.asp
This simulation asks students questions and then creates a newspaper about becoming president.

National Geographic's Xpeditions
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/hall/index.html
Explore the interactive museum.

Our Story in History star means quality
http://americanhistory.si.edu/ourstory/
Interactive activities including building a sod house, "you be the historian", and buffalo hide painting

Out on a Limb
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/conflict/index.html
An interactive guide for getting along.

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Drill and Practice, Puzzles, and Quizzes

Many websites contain learning quizzes, games, and activities. As you explore the websites, determine whether they're just for fun or really something that will help students learning a skill or address a standard.

Quiz Builders

Quia star means quality
http://www.quia.com/web
Take quizzes in many different categories. Subscribers can create quizzes. Trial available.

QuizStar
http://quizstar.4teachers.org/
Create quizzes and track students.

General Sites

FunBrain star means quality
http://www.funbrain.com/
Lots of great learning quizzes across the curriculum.

Learning Planet
http://members.learningplanet.com/directory/
Some free activities and online books such as Alphabet Action.

PBSKids
http://pbskids.org/whiteboard/

Top Marks
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/EducationalGames.aspx

Reading and Language Arts Specific Websites

AlphaBits for Kids
http://www.edu4kids.com/alpha/
Basic alphabet practice.

Book Adventures star means quality
http://www.bookadventure.com
Similar to Accelerated Reader, this is a free reading motivation program with a tracking system and quizzes based on books.

EduPlace Proofreading
http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/proofread/
Fun proofreading game.

Grammar Games
http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/
Many games for middle and high school.

Kids Reads
http://www.kidsreads.com/
Lots of activities based on books including Games and Trivia.

Silly Sentences
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/gallery/sentence.shtml
Write and submit silly sentences.

SpellBee.org
http://www.spellbee.org/
Spelling activity online.

Math & Science Games and Puzzles

AIMS Puzzle Center
http://www.aimsedu.org/puzzle/index.html
Math puzzles for students.

A Plus Math
http://www.aplusmath.com/Games/index.html
Math games and practice.

Jefferson Lab Games and Puzzles
http://education.jlab.org/indexpages/elementgames.html
Java enabled browser. Include science, math, and element games.

NCTM Electronic Math Examples
http://standards.nctm.org/
Great activities by grade level.

Social Studies Games and Puzzles

Geosense star means quality
http://www.geosense.net/
Test your knowledge of world geography alone or against other online players. You're given a place and you have to locate it on the map.

US Census Bureau
http://factfinder.census.gov/home/en/kids/kids.html
Information and quiz.

Other Games

Consider the "game trap." Try one of the "learning games" below. Is it really a "learning" game or just a time waster? What standard would it address? How could it be used effectively? Can you add an activity in another content area to make a connection?

PreK-3 Websites

All Grades

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Integrate an Activity

Explore the suggested websites. Design a lesson that uses one of these activities to address a standards.


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