You know your students will be online this summer, so why not help parents by giving them a list of websites that are “Teacher-Approved” for summer fun. The 10 sites below are kid-friendly and geared toward learning. Do you have a favorite site that you send your students to? Share it in the comments below!
Websites for Students
1. BrainPop (http://www.brainpop.com)/BrainPopJr. (http://www.brainpopjr.com)
BrainPop breaks learning down into bite-sized chunks. Fun, engaging, and short, the BrainPop videos hold children’s attention while teaching them something new.
2. Starfall (http://www.starfall.com)
Reading practice is important and Starfall has a wide range of stories, activities, and games that will keep students interested.
3. San Diego Zoo (http://kids.sandiegozoo.org/)
Learn about the animals at the San Diego Zoo through games, activities, and live animal cams!
4. Spelling City (http://www.spellingcity.com)
Make spelling practice fun with the games, activities, and tools available on Spelling City. It is a great resource for parents, teachers, and students alike.
5. CryptoKids (http://www.nsa.gov/kids/home.shtml)
Join the National Security Agency’s CryptoKids as they work through codes and ciphers. Children can even make their own codes and play games and activities. It is a great way to practice math.
6. FunBrain (http://www.funbrain.com)
Learning games galore for your elementary age students.
7. BBC KS2 Bitesize (http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/zbr9wmn)
The BBC breaks down science, math, and language in bite-size pieces and presents information to students in a way they can understand.
8. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (http://www.childrensmuseum.org/games)
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis knows how to have fun and engage children in learning. The “Games” section of their websites allows students to do everything from building their own robot to exploring biotechnology. The resources are geared for students from PreK through 8th grade.
9. Games for Change (http://www.gamesforchange.org/play/)
Games for Change offers online games with a socio-economic message. Be sure to watch which age range games are being selected as some of the games may not be appropriate for all children.
10. PBS Kids Science Games (http://pbskids.org/games/science/)
The entire PBS Kids website is filled with learning fun, but their science section is especially worth checking out. Kids of all ages can play along with their favorite PBS Kids characters to solve mysteries, investigate antibodies, and learn about gardening.