The following websites are sure to capture students attention. These sites are for teachers but parents can use the websites as well to provide educational activities for their child. Most websites require the need to set up an account but all are free. Enjoy the sites and see what your children can create within a few minutes!
Online publishing tool designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to encourage oral and written communication in and out of the classroom. Very user friendly and completely safe for students of all ages. Teachers have complete control over all posts.
Applications:Early elementary classroom can use this to develop early sentence structure. They can practice the components of writing a friendly letter. Topics can be chosen by the student in order to engage them. As students get older, teachers can have guided discussions ranging from writing prompts to discussions on current events.
Interactive multimedia poster where teachers and students can share information outside of the typical research project. Posters can include video, pictures, text, and music.
Applications:Students can use this tool to express themselves in an all about me project in the beginning of the year. Students can also use this tool as an alternative to the typical research paper or book report. Examples include, life cycles, wants and needs, natural resources, and biographies. Glogster allows for limitless creativity. Teachers have complete control over content and who can access the interactive posters by sending a secure link to parents.
Educational website that incorporates language arts and math skills along with beginning computer skills. Lessons and games are visually appealing and tailored to all levels and abilities in grades K-5. Excellent site for skills practice at school or at home. Apps are available for the iPod, iPad, and certain smartphones.
Applications:Examples of lesson include, alphabet matching, sight word bingo, word clouds, spelling challenges, keyboard practice, telling time, fractions, mouse manipulation.
Created by the National Center for Family Literacy, Wonderopolis focuses on subjects of which children are curious. This immediately engages the child and encourages them to learn more. A video is included in each topic of information.
Applications: Teachers 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.
5. International Children’s Library: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
Multicultural digital library created by the International Children’s Library. Students can read books online in 19 different languages from dozens of different countries. Children and teachers can search for books by 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 any 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 not having a classroom set.
6. Kerpoof: http://www.kerpoof.com/
Best for second 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 tool section which can help create lessons incorporating Kerpoof. Students can save their work as they go, so projects can continue throughout the year.
Applications: Students can create movies or pictures based on the current topics being studied in the classroom. Teachers can use spell a picture for interactive spelling and sight word practice. Games can reinforce concepts being studied.
7. Tagexdo: http://www.tagxedo.com/
This site offers interactive word clouds. Tagxedo offers many more 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 surrounding 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.
8. E-Learning http://www.e-learningforkids.org/
Organized both by grade level and subject areas. Includes 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 students in 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 learning the content.
9. Helpful Links: https://www.helpfullinks.org/helpfullinks/index.cfm?catID=1
Comprehensive site of helpful links for parents, teacher, students, and others whether you are looking for educational, fun, or teaching tips and ideas.
10. 7 Online Reading Resources: https://blog.connectionsacademy.com/
Online reading resources make it easy and convenient to help students. Here is a list of websites that offer reading tools, activities, and ideas to help you address any of your child’s needs while you promote summer reading.
11. Discovery Education: https://www.discoveryeducation.com/
Home to award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, and the largest professional development community of its kind.
Young people are immersed in technology in ways previous generations could not have imagined. Common Sense Media has compiled this list of resources for parents seeking advice and information about how to help their children explore smartly and stay safe.
13. LDAA America: https://ldaamerica.org/parents/
Here you will find a wealth of information on understanding learning disabilities, negotiating the special education process, and helping your child and yourself.
14. Smartbrief: https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2019/03/raising-heroes
15. Xtramath.org: https://xtramath.org/#/home/index
Our goal is to develop effective, efficient, adaptive, and intrinsically rewarding supplemental math activities.
Looking for fresh, new ideas to implement throughout the school year? Be sure to check out online resources to help. Here are our top 10 picks for the best websites for teachers and parents.
17. Very Well Family: https://www.verywellfamily.com/best-free-educational-websites-for-kids-3129084
Your children can learn something new today in a safe online environment. These 20 free educational websites for kids are fun while offering online teaching games, printables, videos, and so much more.
The 10 best educational websites for kids all have one thing in common: they seek to make learning fun and interactive. From dependable favorites, to new, exciting apps, check out these 10 picks to develop the curious mini-minds in your house:
19. From ABC's to Acts: https://fromabcstoacts.com/45-free-educational-websites-for-kids/
Whether you’re looking for something to help your child with math, give them a little extra grammar practice, or even if you’re just curious and want to learn a little more about the planets or cells, we’ve got a site for that!