This page has resources for Elementary, as well as Middle Grade, Teachers and students. Teachers are encouraged to also explore the subject speciific pages on this Wiki for more information.

Links to individual Elementary Wikis:
Crosby Elementary

GENERAL RESOURCES

  • ABCmouse.com, designed for Pre-K through primary, helps kids learn to read through phonics and teaches lessons in math, science, social studies, art and music. The subscription-based educational website is currently offered FREE to US public schools. ABCmouse.com also has a large selection of apps that are completely free to download for teachers and parents.
  • ABC Teach - PreK-8 materials and creative activities for students and educators. We have over 5,000 free documents available, including printable worksheets, interactive activities, theme units, and much more. Free Monthly Newsletter - All are invited to join our abcteach monthly newsletter, which highlights the latest materials added to the site.
  • ALA - Great Websites for Kids - a compilation of websites geared to children from birth to age 14.
  • AR Flashcards - a new way to interact and make Flashcards more entertaining for young children. When you point your mobile device at the printed flashcard a beautifully rendered 3D image will pop up on the screen. Tap the image to hear the letter or word. Get flashcards for addition, alphabet, shapes, colors and planets.
  • BrainPop for Educators is a free awesome site for teachers. Register and then look through all the available resources --including videos that you can use in class or download to your iPad or even your blog. There is **BrainPop Jr.** for ****K-3****. After you have logged in, be sure to check out the Classroom Tools. There activities as well as great videos--take a minute and check this one out!
  • Crayola has a wonderful section on their website dedicated to educators. They offer classroom resources, special offers, searchable lesson ideas and grant programs. These resources are completely free to use and download.
  • HooplaKidz: This YouTube channel is dedicated to animated nursery rhymes and stories designed to entertain and educate children between the ages of 2 and 8.
  • Kids.gov - the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. Our Mission is to provide a safe place online where kids can create, play, and learn. Kids.gov is organized into three audiences: Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Educators. Each audience tab is divided into educational subjects like Arts, Math, Social Studies, Music, Health, Science, Reading/Writing and more.
  • The Kids Know It Network is full of free educational interactive games, movies and songs intended for elementary school students. Posters can also be ordered for a variety of topics for less than $2.
  • Study Ladder - lots of educational resources for math, language arts, science, music, art and more. Free teacher accounts for classroom use. Grades Pre-K-6.


APPS (I try to include only free apps)

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Bluster is a fun and simple vocabulary building game. Great features such as multiplayer mode on the same tablet makes this game tons of fun! (Grades K-4)

  • If you teach pre-readers or early readers, check out the Collins Big Cat apps. These are a series of eight award-winning apps that are part storybook and part story creation.
  • Digital Storytime - was created to help parents and educators find out more about picture book apps. Detailed ratings and information are included for every app reviewed. Apps can be searched by age, price (free available) and ratings.
  • Find the Synonym - Combine the seven letters in each game to find the synonym / antonym before the time runs out.
  • Phonics Genius - This highly rated app teaches phonic awareness. It is specifically designed to help students recognize and distinguish words by sounds - over 6,000 professionally recorded words carefully grouped into 225 categories by phonics. Ideal for Kids 1 - 6 Years Old
  • StoryKit is an app for IPhones or IPads that allows you to create electronic storybooks by drawing on the screen, uploading images, recording sound effects and voices, and more. Download from iTunes
  • World’s Worst Pet exposes students to over 1000 Tier Two words at 6 different levels through four engaging games. (Grades 4-8)

MATH

  • Basic Math - This app offers basic operations of math with choices. It allows teachers to see student’s score and email results to parents.
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  • Geoboard is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more.
  • Gummi - Students create an avatar and solve math equations in a Minecraft-style 3D world. (grades 1-3)
  • Loot Pursuit: Pompeii - Looters are stealing priceless artifacts from Pompeii! Solve challenging math problems with algebra, geometry, fractions, integers and ratios to recover the artifacts before time runs out. Grades 5-7 Also try Loot Pursuit: Tulum
  • Lure of the Labyrinth a digital role playing game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game in which students work to find their lost pet - and save the world from monsters! Linked to both Common Core and NCTM standards
  • Mad Math Lite - If your classroom has limited iPads, this app allows you to have more than one user. In addition, it enables you to set the student’s setting depending what operation they are working on. This app records a report card on the student’s progress.
  • Math Learning Center - 9 apps available featuring virtual manipulatives. Students move pieces around the screen and annotate to demonstrate understanding. Most are available for Web browsers, iPads and Android tablets. (K-5)
  • Mt. Multiplis by Teachley - Players build bridges in this computational math game to help students build their multiplication skills. (iOS)
  • Sushi Monster - Students feed their Sushi Monsters by correctly choosing two numbers that when added or multiplied result in the number that the monster wants to eat. Ages 9-11
  • Virtual Manipulatives allows instructors to create lessons around drag-and-drop "fraction bars" that can aid in lessons comparing fractions, decimals, and percentages. Free for iPad.

SCIENCE

  • Shout Science! is a comic storybook app for young readers (ages 7-11) about scientists & scientific discovery.


ART (see also JUST ART)

  • Art History for Children - series of animated art history books were written expressly for young children ages 5-10.
  • Destination Modern Art - This very fun interactive Web site by the Museum of Modern Art enables elementary school-aged children to engage with and explore modern art. The free Flash Player is required.
  • #MetKids- made for, with, and by kids (grades 1-6) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    • Explore The Met using an interactive map
    • Watch behind-the-scenes videos that feature kids
    • Travel through more than 5,000 years of art in our time machine
  • TuxPaint (K-6) is an award winning software program to help students draw . A cartoon character encourages the students as they use the program.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (see also JUST ENGLISH)

Building Language for Literacy - Vocabulary, letters and rhyming

ALPHABET

  • Bembo's Zoo Click on a letter and a zoo animal is created- one whose name begins with that letter--very cute!
  • Sebran's ABC- (Grades K-2) Free Software- At this site, students become familiar with letters and numbers. There are colorful pictures, pleasant music and games to teach letters, numbers, simple math and the rudiments of reading.

BOOKS/READING (see also BOOK LOVERS or E Readers)

  • BiblioNasium is the fun, reading-focused social network for kids ages 6-13. Kids can log their reading, play games, complete reading challenges and earn rewards within a safe social network built especially for them. Lexile ranges included.
  • Bookopolis is a social network and book discovery tool for young children. Think of this as similar to Shelfari or GoodReads for children. Teachers create a private class where students earn points, write book reviews, and build personal reading communities. There are various tools for teachers to track reading progress. Grades: 2-8
  • Book Adventure - is a fun way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, take quizzes on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.
  • A Book and a Hug- gives information about books organized by grade level and genre. There are even online interviews with authors- "Books Alive Interviews." You can search for a book by keyword, category or reading level. This is a great site for teachers. There is even a section just on "Books for Boys."
  • Character Scrapbook - Use this fun interactive to help students analyze characters in any book and create scrapbook pages they can print. (gr. 1-8)
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  • Are you a fan of Dr. Seuss? Then you must visit Seussville. This site has games, activities and the ability to win free books! Interactive and FUN!. A Dr. Seuss Livebinder is also available that comes with resources, videos, worksheets, lessons and more!
  • Reading tips for parents - This video created by Jennifer Gonzalas can be found on Cult of Pedagogy. This could be shared on parent nights or on your website.

  • ReadWorks provides FREE, research-based, and Common Core-aligned reading comprehension curriculum for grades K-8. Teachers have direct access to over 1000 Lexile-leveled non-fiction and literary passages online.
  • Roy The Zebra - Interactive Reading Games, Literacy worksheets and guided reading stories for emerging readers. Use the reading games on your interactive whiteboard, or computer, at school or at home.
  • SlimeKids- has a wide selection of Book Trailers to interest your students. This site also has educational games and literacy-related resources.
  • Teach Your Monster to Read is an award-winning series of games that’s helped over half a million children learn to read. Play for free on our website or download the app.
  • Third Grade Reading Guarantee - Reading Round the Clock - from INFOhio - Parents and children can explore the joy of reading together with these “Reading ‘Round the Clock” flyers, available in English and Spanish, and videos that give easy tips for working reading practice into everyday activities.

  • E Books (Online)- (Also see E Readers)

    • The Aesop for Children interactive book has been adapted for use on website, touch screen tablets and mobile phones. The book contains over 140 classic fables, accompanied by beautiful illustrations and interactive animations.
Read it now
Read it now

    • Epic! for Educators - AASL 2016 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning - Instant access to a library of high-quality children's books from well known publishers like Harper Collins, National Geographic and many others; free for elementary school teachers and librarians to use at school. (K-5)
    • Find, share, and self-publish your own free children's ebooks at EPub Bud.
    • The International Children's Library has a wide range of books that can be read online-grouped by ages, award winners, length of the book, Fiction or Nonfiction, etc. Scroll through the choices- there are many for all ages! It includes pre-school, and chapter books as well as books for older readers.

    • Native American Reading Series - Stories and Legends of the Northwest - (grades K-7) - 140 culturally relevant stories written by local Indian authors and illustrated by Indian artists. Download copies to print or share on a white/smartboard. Includes teacher's manuals.
    • Oxford Owl Reading has 250 free tablet friendly eBooks for children (ages 3-11) as well as simple ideas, top tips, activities and games to help children with their reading at home.
    • Reading Friend has more than 500 animated, read-aloud stories, songs, poems, music videos, and learning activities including: math and science, Aesop's fables, Beatrix Potter, and classic songs, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. (ages 4-8)
    • Storia: Ohio's 4th Grade eBook Collection
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      Storia: Ohio's 4th Grade eBook Collection INFOhio is pleased to provide Ohio’s 4th Grade Storia Collection. This collection of 160 titles was hand selected to support Ohio's Learning Standards for 4th grade. To get started, teachers who work with fourth grade students need to request an access code and add their class as explained in the Storia Getting Started Guide.

  • READ-ALOUD (Audio) BOOKS: (Also see Book Lovers)
    • BookFlix. pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction e-books. The combination of read-aloud stories with read-along nonfiction builds a love of reading while improving reading skills. Lexile scores included. (Contact Pam Hopkins at the High School if you need Infohio login passwords.) (K-3)
      • Here are two PDF files with Bookflix pairs sorted by Lexile level (and AR level).


    • Unite for Literacy - offers free digital picture books, with a twist. Books have narrated audio support in English and a variety of other languages. Elementary schools - Do you want to add these great free ebooks to your library catalog? Complete this online form to receive FULL MARC records, which you can upload to your catalog and provide easy, direct access to these free ebooks.

LISTENING COMPREHENSION

PODCASTS

  • Eleanor Amplified is a radio adventure series. Listen together as world-famous radio reporter Eleanor foils devious plots, outwits crafty villains, and goes after The Big Story. Ages 8-12.

POETRY (see also POETRY WEBSITES)

READING PROGRAMS AND REWARDS

(See the Summer Enrichment Page for many more resources)

VOCABULARY

WordWriter - Providing teachers with an interactive and easy-to-deliver vocabulary development application

WRITING

  • 10 writing alternatives to the typical book report
  • Boom Writer - A unique site for students to collaboratively write online in a safe environment. Geared for grades 3-7.
    • ProjectWriter - Conduct group non-fiction writing projects
    • StoryWriter - Perfect for: Creative Writing, Personal Narratives, Literature Studies
    Cube Creator from ReadWriteThink provides students with a template to write biographies, mysteries and other stories.
  • Kids Are Authors is an annual competition open to students in grades K–8 sponsored by Scholastic and is designed to encourage students to use their reading, writing, and artistic skills. Under the guidance of a project coordinator, children work in teams of three or more students to write and illustrate their own book. Winning books will be published.
  • My Storybook is a website and app where young people can create their own stories. Use drawings, text, scenes and more. No sign up necessary. Just click "Try Now" and start creating. Sign up to save and share stories. Grades: K-6
  • my Storymaker - named one of the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by the ALA. You have the power to decide -- choosing characters, taking them on adventures and creating your very own story along the way. my StoryMaker lets you control characters and objects -- and it creates sentences for you! Or, you can enter your own words. Once you are done with your story, you can print it out. Here is a video explaining how to use StoryMaker. (ages 6+)
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Play my StoryMaker

  • The Nightmare Room Writing Program, created by popular children's author R.L. Stine, is full of activities and techniques to help students overcome their anxiety about writing. Students will explore introducing characters, outlines and plots and even revising work. (Grades 3-8)
  • Picture Book Maker - Students can create their own picture books and print them out or send them to someone. Here is a video demonstrating how easy it is to use. Super Action Comic Maker is very similar and may appeal to older students.
  • Scholastic's Story Starters serves up hundreds of creative combinations that take the writer’s block out of creative writing for students. (grades K-8)
  • StoryJumperis an online tool that makes creative writing fun for kids. Using our interactive workbook and lesson plans, teachers spark students' interest in developing and writing complete stories. Kids can then put their creativity and project skills to work in crafting their very own professionally published hard-back books! Books can be shared for free online. Read some sample books or watch a video demonstrating how to use StoryJumper.
  • Word Tamer - flash-based site for learning the process of developing characters, settings, and plots in creative writing. Choose ideas, get inspiration and save your writing for off-line development. Grades 4-6

GAMES AND PUZZLES (see also Puzzles and Games page)

  • Abcya- Great site for elementary students that covers a wide variety of subjects. Also has educational apps for mobile devices. (grades 1-5)
  • Arcademic Skillsbuilder is a free online web source which offers educational video games that can be played by several players at once. They have learning games for ages K-8 which cover basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills.
  • Funbrain- One of the most popular educational gaming sites around. Not only does this site cover a variety of subjects, it also caters to K-8th graders, and has nice teacher resources as well.
  • Kids.gov offers learning activities, games, and interactive activities on a wide range of subjects, including Food and Nutrition (K-8)
  • PBS Kids Online games for primary school students
  • RoomRecess.com is focused on providing children with free educational games. K-6
  • Scholastic Learning Activities - offers 50+ one-stop learning activities in a fun and easy-to-use interface! The activities don’t require any prep and can be done in 15 – 20 minutes. (Grades 3-5)
  • SlimeKids- has great educational games for your students. (Typing, Grammar, Spelling, and MORE!)
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HEALTH (see also JUST HEALTH)

  • All Systems Go - In this activity, Arnold is missing organs from four major body systems. It’s your job to put them back.
  • KidsHealth- movies, articles, quizzes, and activities for kids of all ages.
    • Includes the Kids Medical Dictionary - a glossary of medical terms. The Nemours Foundation sponsors this easy-to-use children's medical dictionary.
  • USPS Heart Health - In our biannual education kit, we celebrate 2012′s Heart Health Stamp with a dynamic program for you and your class to share. Learn all about the human heart, what it is, and why it’s our body’s most precious organ.

INFOHIO RESOURCES FOR ELEMENTARY

Early World of Learning  (World Book)
Early World of Learning (World Book)

Early World of Learning (World Book)
PreK - 3

Look and Read.
Includes stories, nursery rhymes, songs, games, printable books and videos.



World Book Kids
World Book Kids

World Book Kids



Learn about people, places, animals, sports, and more. Includes videos, images, maps, games. Hear text read aloud.See this video for more information.

Third Grade Reading Guarantee - Reading Round the Clock - videos and flyers support parents and teachers with Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Flyers are also now available in Spanish.


KEYBOARDING -

(See Student Tools page for more options for older students)
  • Dance Mat Typing, an introduction to touch typing for children aged 7 - 11 years.
  • TuxTyping is software that provides an educational tutor for typing for children. It features several types of game play at a variety of difficulty levels.

MATH (see also JUST MATH)

Also see "Worksheets" and "Science Resources" below.
  • 2+2 Funny Math for Kids Software - This program helps children learn basic mathematical skills (counting, addition, subtraction, comparing numbers, multiplication, and division. More than 20 activities will allow students to spend hours learning the concepts while being entertained by musical sounds and bright graphics. It makes math fun! :-)
  • APLUS MATH - Games, worksheets, flashcards, homework helper...
  • Bedtime Math - Helps make math a fun part of your families’ daily routine, as common and beloved as the bedtime story. Practical, daily word problems are designed for "wee ones" up to "big kids".
  • Cool math 4 kids is an amusement park of math, games and more - especially designed for fun, fun, FUN!
  • CyberSleuth is another site that provides math practice sheets that you can download for use in the classroom.
  • For worksheets, flash cards and more on all aspects of math and money, try the FactMonster.
  • Figure This! - interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families.
  • Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics: Parents might be interested in this. Curated by the U.S. Department of Education, this website contains math activities (to be completed at home, at the store and on the go) for preschoolers through 5th graders.
  • Johnnie's Math Page - Hundreds of math learning and math teaching resources and games organized for K-8.
  • SMART Board applications called Lucky Star have a daily animated series called Cyberchase. Lucky Star combines age-appropriate math and problem-solving while allowing kids to have fun competing for top scores.
  • Learn Your Tables is a nice interactive site that allows students to practice their multiplication times tables.
  • Math Club - videos from PBS - introduce math concepts using pop culture references to teach middle school math skills.
  • Math Live is a fantastic site to use for upper elementary students that has a plethora of cartoon math tutorials on subjects like fractions, multiplication, area and perimeter, tessellations, probability, and a variety of other topics.
  • Math Playground is filled with math games, logic puzzles, step-by-step instructional videos, math practice, and a variety of problem solving activities. K-8
  • Mathlanding (ML) is designed with the elementary math teacher in mind. The site is created to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support teaching and learning of elementary mathematics.
  • Mathwire - guides to answering open-ended questions - lots of problem solving resources. Teachers may look for the resources by grade level. For grades K-8.
  • Matific takes a unique approach to teaching K to 6 math using hands-on and interactive mini-games, called episodes. These immersive bite-sized apps for tablets and personal computers are free for students and teachers to use from school.
  • Multiplication Songs - Mr. DeMaio - YouTube channel with catchy songs to learn the times tables.

  • SPLAT Online - Interactive 100s chart
  • StudyJams--Science and Math_ A great site with activities, quizzes, videos and even karaoke about every area of the science and math curriculum. Very useful when introducing new topics.
  • Sumdog - Free games to make math fun (used by many of our elementary teachers)
  • Xtra Math - provides math fact practice that tailors questions to the student's progress. It can be used at home or at school. If desired, progress reports can be emailed to parents or teachers.

RESEARCH

INFOhio Resources -

Make sure to check out Infohio Resources for all ages. Home use will require a username and password. Contact Pam Hopkins at the High School for this information or select "Get Password" in the bottom left corner of the homepage.

1. Grades PreK-5 - a huge variety of databases including KidsSearch, World Book for Kids, Searchasaurus, FirstGov for Kids and more!
  • World Book Early World of Learning (PreK-3) - resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes while developing reading and oral language skills. It provides all directions through audio, which helps students just learning how to read as well as struggling readers. Early World of Learning has three interactive environments:
    • Trek's Travels offers narrated stories, interactive games, and videos on critical early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and other fundamentals.
    • Welcome to Reading provides reading development and practice at four reading levels. Reading examples are used to strengthen phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. The computer highlights the words as the narrator reads them to help students learn. The Lexile Framework is also incorporated in this environment.
    • Know It provides a visual interactive encyclopedia with non-fiction topics of interest.
  • World Book Kids - (K-5) simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, comparison tools, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.

2. Grades 6-8 also has a wide range of databases such as Science Online, World Book, Digital Videos, French and Spanish Encyclopedias, Learning Express (Test Practice), Biography Online, FirstGov, Adam Health resource and more!
  • World Book Student Recommended for grades 6-8 - Includes the articles of the World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Center, dictionary, atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected Web sites, correlations to curriculum standards, and much more.

Library Skills

Order in the Library - This well known shelving game can be played in either English or Spanish. Even High School testers enjoyed working through all the levels.

Other Research Sites

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DK Find Out! - AASL 2016 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning - A secure site for students to find, explore, and learn about anything, DK Find Out! Includes subject-based, curriculum-linked articles to support learning and teaching, and up-to-date resources for homework and project help.
  • FactMonster is a fun site for kids to do some research. It is easy to use and graphically attractive. Includes a dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus, and almanac.
  • SlimeKids- has great reference materials for students to use.
  • Scholastic’s “Research Starters,” created with Grolier Onilne, offers students a jump-start on their research papers. Students will find links to online activities, encyclopedia articles, and tips on how to write a research paper. Included are 15 Social Studies and Science topics. Grades 4-12

Search Engines for Kids

  • KidsClick- Created by a group of librarians, KidsClick! is a search engine for kids. All links are professionally chosen, evaluated, and cataloged by subject. You can use the alphabetical list of subject headings or browse the site by subject directories, narrowing by categories until you have an annotated list of relevant sites.
  • Slime Kids also has search directories and engines.

SCIENCE (see also JUST SCIENCE and JUST STEM)

  • Ask Dr. Universe - Users can search a database of answered science questions or submit a new question of their own.
  • Blue Apprentice is a game about the adventures of a young scientist who explores alien worlds and applies science-learning to solve problems. (grades 1-6)
  • The Children's University of Manchester has great collections of animated lessons covering seven science subjects for students of early elementary/ primary school age. The lessons cover The Body and Medicine, Energy and Environment, Earth and Beyond, Teeth and Eating, Micro-organisms, The Brain, and Exercise.
  • The Flame Challenge is an international contest started by Alan Alda that asks scientists to communicate complex science in ways that would interest and enlighten an 11-year-old. Scientists from around the world are currently submitting answers to the question "What is sleep?". If you are a 5th or 6th grade teacher, you can register your class to help judge the answers and help select the winner. Students can also submit questions for next year's challenge.
  • The Kids’ Science Challenge (KSC), the premiere elementary school science competition in the US, is a free, nationwide science competition for students in grades 3 through 6. Website also has Lesson Plans, Online games and more.
  • Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science - find experiments, games and activities that teach scientific fundamentals. All activities illustrate basic principles of physics, chemistry, astronomy, and other scientific fields. (Grades 1-6); try one of their apps below:
    • DIY Human Body, funded by the National Institutes of Health, allows students to investigate and learn about the human body. Includes: hands-on activities and videos.
    • DIY Sun Science, funded by NASA, allows students to investigate and learn about the Sun at! Includes: hands-on activities, a sun observatory and images and videos.
  • Learning zone from Oxford University - Activities to help students learn more about animals, fossils, insects, minerals and rocks.
  • makemegenius.com - Science videos for kids, educational power points and more (grades K-7)
  • Peep and the Big Wide World- activities and games for MATH and SCIENCE for PRIMARY grades
  • The Produce Mom's Science Fair and STEM Project Guide using fruits and vegetables - Registered teachers can receive an e-book with 15 experimental projects using fresh produce.
  • Science Bob is a fun, interactive site that has several different areas for kids to choose from. There are videos, experiments, science fair ideas, and a research help link with a plethora of fantastic links to other sites.
  • Science Kids: Provides educational resources for teachers and parents to help make science fun and engaging for kids. Features fun activities, facts, projects and experiments that promote a desire for kids to learn more about science and technology.
  • Songs - to help students learn science concepts for DNA, classification, botany, levers and simple machines.
  • STEM Zone - Exploring the science behind sports, these lesson plans and student pages are designed for grades 4-8.
  • StudyJams--Science and Math_A great site with activities, quizzes, videos and even karaoke about every area of the science and math curriculum. Very useful when introducing new topics.
  • Think Earth - Curriculum for grades K-3 (grades 4-8 coming soon) - This comprehensive, award—winning curriculum that has been printed for many years is now available online for free. Units teach students about the importance of a clean, healthy environment and about what they can do to:
    • conserve natural resources
    • reduce waste
    • minimize pollution
  • Virtual Microscope - This simulation from the University of Delaware works very much like a compound microscope.
  • The Weather Dude: Learn all about weather basics, the water cycle and storm safety. Includes weather songs.
  • Wonderville is a great website for kids on which students can find games, videos, comics, and hands-on activities for learning about science and technology.

Animals

  • Aquarium of the Pacific - Webcam resource kits - inquiry-based kits encourage students to make observations using the Aquarium’s live streaming animal webcams. Kits include lesson plans, short educational videos, worksheets, and web-based activities and resources for K-8th grade students.
  • Take your students on a virtual field trip to the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo Kids site features video lessons hosted by zookeepers packed with information and interesting facts about popular animals. There are 35 videos in total. You can also view the live web cams so students can see the elephants, pandas, apes and polar bears in real time!

Astronomy

Chemistry

Creating Graphs and Charts

  • Create-a-Graph - provides students with the background necessary to understand the basic types of graphs including area, bar, line, and pie. It also allows them to input data and create an online graph.

Dinosaurs

  • Research Quest (pilot program)- From the University of Utah - Students playing this game use critical thinking skills and investigations to solve dinosaur fossil mysteries. Designed for grades 6-8

Environment

  • Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears - free, online magazine for grades K-5 teacherswhich focuses on polar science concepts while integrating literacy instruction. The magazine includes lesson plans, a virtual bookshelf, a podcast series and informational text written just for elementary students. Also, check out the sister site: Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
  • Energy Quest is the award-winning energy education website of the California Energy Commission.
  • Kids Do Ecology: Learn about biomes, the scientific method and data collecting.
  • National Institute of Environmental Healthhas a great site for teachers and kids. It has games, jokes, activities, and lessons about science and the environment.
  • Explore Recycle City to see how its people reduce waste, use less energy, and save money by doing simple things at home, at work, and in their neighborhoods.

Podcasts

  • Brains On - a science podcast for curious kids and adults. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions and go wherever the answers take us.
  • The Show About Science - Hosted by 7 year old Nate, every episode is filled with interesting facts and information from scientists around the globe.
  • Tumble - ages 8-12 - a science podcast for kids. We tell stories about science discoveries, with the help of scientists!


SOCIAL STUDIES (see also JUST SOCIAL STUDIES)

CURRENT EVENTS

  • Online Newspaper, DogoNews, has current event news articles for elementary and middle school children. It provides short articles about current events with photos, videos, maps, and even a dictionary. Teachers can create their own online newspaper and students can contribute or discuss articles. (Top 100 Site 2010)
  • TweenTribune (5-8) and TTJunior (K-4) – daily news sites – where you'll find the most compelling, relevant and interesting news for kids.
  • Youngzine, published weekly, features current event stories for elementary and middle school students. Most articles also include videos, maps and critical thinking prompts for students. Those prompts can be used in Youngzine online classrooms created by teachers.

GEOGRAPHY/MAPS

  • Lizardpoint - Click on a provided map and take the quiz to learn countries, states and capitals.
  • Seterra is a geography program with over 100 exercises. By using the outline map exercises, students may learn about countries, capitals, flags, and cities all around the world. Each exercise has a high score list to keep track of progress. There is even a bit of foreign language practice available.
  • By playing Sheppard Software's geography games, you will gain a mental map of the world's continents, countries, capitals, & landscapes! Includes countries and US states

WORLD/COUNTRIES

  • Global Trek: Students can travel the world from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe without leaving the classroom, learning about the country of their choice and “meeting” the locals. Grades 4-8
  • National Geographic: Interdependence - Students map and explore how everyday objects (e.g., clothes) originate from many sources and affect workers and the environment in other countries.

US/STATES

  • 50 States.com- all you need to know about the fifty states, such as location (latitude and longitude), geographical features, colleges and universities, constitutions, flowers, mottos, nicknames, population, songs, trivia and more. Find links to educational tools related to the 50 United States and Outline Mapsof the country and each state.
  • Kids.gov is a directory of links to each state’s kid-specific information site. The quality of these sites varies wildly; where one state might offer an aesthetic, intuitive site with plenty of detail, another state’s site could be outdated and difficult to navigate.
  • MrNussbaum.com engages younger students through colorful, interactive state maps. Individual state pages provide brief histories, and overviews listing state capitols and mottos, state birds, population summaries, geographical information and more.
  • Nifty Fifty - designed to help students and teachers find information about the fifty states
  • Download a U.S. map game at Your Child Learns.

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    Map of the United States

GOVERNMENT/CIVICS

  • Apples4theTeacher - presidential facts and trivia, biographies, word puzzles, timelines, color pages, famous quotes, worksheets and several interactive games.
  • American President A great resource on all of the US presidents

HISTORY

PBS World Explorers - Learn more about the lives and journeys of some of history's greatest explorers from Marco Polo to Neil Armstrong. (grades 4-8)

ANCIENT

Mesopotamia- Broken into three sections (Geography-History-Government, Daily Life, Deities and Daily Living), this site is great! There are even lesson plans for teachers.

U.S.

  • The America's Story site is made up of five sections: Meet Amazing Americans, Jump Back in Time, Explore the States, Join America at Play, and See, Hear and Sing. These sections contain lots of stories about people, places, and time periods in America's history.
  • The First Thanksgiving - look at the Pilgrims and their journey to Thanksgiving, including maps, videos, and facts (grades K-8)
  • Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players (grades 5-8) in U.S. history content through free interactive games.
    • Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.
    • In Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?
    • In Mission 3: “A Cheyenne Odyssey,” players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions. As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne's persistence through conflict and national transformation.
    • In “City of Immigrants,” players navigate New York’s Lower East Side as Lena, a young Jewish immigrant from Russia. Trying to save money to bring her parents to America, she works long hours in a factory for little money and gets caught up in the growing labor movement.
    • In “Up from the Dust,” players take on the roles of twins Frank and Ginny Dunn, whose family wheat farm is devastated by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. As they experience the hardships of the 1930s, players learn about Americans’ strategies for survival – as individuals, communities, and a nation. “Up from the Dust” will be available on iPad in fall 2016.

  • Time Society Chronicles: Independence - a text based interactive historical game. Students type commands to navigate through the game to ensure that the Declaration of Independence is signed. Designed for 6-8 graders.

WORLD

BBC Primary History - This site explores the history of Greece, Rome, Vikings, WW I and II and much more. Includes teacher resources, worksheets, timelines and activities.

WORKSHEETS/PRINTABLES

  • PRINTABLES- whether you are looking for the ABC's to color, or awards to print out, this site has a great variety of items that both teachers and parents can use to help students learn. AWESOME
  • Super Teacher Worksheets has a massive list of free printable worksheets for teachers in a wide range of subjects. (new) Games and puzzles are also included here.