April 18, 2014

Wonderful Websites for All!

Fun (and educational) Websites for Kindergarten-1st Grade Students

Shhhh... don't tell the kids, but these websites are fantastic for reinforcing phonics and whole language skills you're teaching in class. In New Jersey, we are preparing our students for the PARCC tests, a computer-base standardized test where students must copy, paste, and type to successfully complete this test. Because it is so important that students have adequate typing and other computer skills, we are trying to find websites that will help prepare students for this test. I was a big fan of popular websites like abcmouse, starfall, and abcya, but I felt that it was beginning to get just a little redundant. A coworker found some really amazing websites that your students will love!

They always say that the best teachers are thieves so if you've come across any education websites to use in the classroom, please share them in the comments section! Thanks all! 

Little Bird Tales

Click picture to visit littlebirdtales
Little Bird Tales was created to help nurture children's creativity and imagination while simultaneously creating one of-a-kind digital stories that can easily be shared. This site strives to foster a love for reading, writing, self-expression and creative technology and to make the process easy and fun for students and teachers.
This is a safe web environment for children, free of advertising, merchandising and links to other sites and we are proud to support the environment by providing parents and teachers with "green" alternatives to how they collaborate, share and distribute stories and lessons.


Click on the picture to visit OWLIE BOO!

OWLIE BOO is a creative and fun website that helps teach students computer skills through simple games. This site has several levels to allow for growth. Once kids have mastered the first two series, kids can achieve some simple, fun goals. Skills inclide: moving a mouse, clicking, dragging, and much more! 

The Fungooms

Click on the picture to visit Fungooms!

I don't like to play favorites, but oh well, this game is definitely a class favorite! I even use it as a reward system for the class. Fungoooms games offer simple mini games or digital toys. which focus on a specific theme or task. Some games even have an ego theme like clearing a polluted pond to make it habitable or powering a row of houses by spinning the windmills! There are mini games for learning numbers, letters, shapes, colors, creative games where the children can make their own farmyard scene or make a big painty mess! 

They also offer android and apple apps! 

Teach your Monster to Read

Click the picture to visit Teach your Monster to Read! 

Teach your Monster to Read is a series of free games to practice the first stages of reading.

Combining top quality games with essential learning, the game is built on the principles of synthetic phonics and follows the teaching sequence of the Letters and Sounds program.

Students do need a username and password. I suggest keeping usernames simple (students' first names) and glueing them on index cards. 

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