November 2010

Curriculum Links

Smart-Kid Puzzle Playground

Reading/Writing Links

The Super Hero Squad invites kids to create their own super hero comic strips and comic books.

Batalugu is a new site that lets you create your own online book for free. You can then share it’s url address.

One Word is a simple writing prompt generator. The way it works is the user clicks "go" on the One Word homepage and they are presented with one word. Users then have sixty seconds to write in the text box whatever comes to their minds regarding that word. The idea is not so much to write definitions of the words, but rather it is to write sentences using the word.

Brain Nook is a virtual world in which students can practice their mathematics and English skills. Brain Nook provides students with a series of scenarios that they have to resolve by answering mathematics and language arts questions.

Strip Generator is a free tool for quickly creating comic strips

Math Links

Cool Math Links: Organized links to support math at all levels

PBS Kids Cyberchase website offers forty-five educational games for students in third through fifth grade. The games are intended to help students develop their skills in mathematics, logic, and pattern recognition.

Time for Time- a site dedicated to help kids learn how to tell time

Math Run- A Fun math facts game!

Brain Nook is a virtual world in which students can practice their mathematics and English skills. Brain Nook provides students with a series of scenarios that they have to resolve by answering mathematics and language arts questions.

Math Open Reference is a free online reference for geometry teachers and students. Math Open Reference features animated and interactive drawings to demonstrate geometry terms and concepts.

Social Studies Links

Goby lets users explore different areas around the world and makes lists of places they’d like to visit.

Interactive Maps: (Shepard Software) Differentiated interactive maps physical geography, capitals and other geographic features. 

Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms has historic maps as well as lesson plans to accompany them.

We Shall Remain is a new PBS mini-series on Native American history. You can watch the episodes for free online, and it also offers an excellent teacher’s guide.

Science/Health Links

Emperor penguins in Antarctica: a gallery of pictures is a slideshow from The Telegraph.

Animal Jam- Kids can access videos, photos, facts about animals, plants and insects in a game world.

Fat World is an educational video game funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The game isn't designed to tell students what they should or shouldn't eat rather it is designed to get students thinking about the results of food choices.

Food Web is an online activity from Scholastic. Users create a “food web” connecting predators with their food sources.

Music Links

Art Links

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has redesigned its ARTSEDGE Web site.

Spanish Links

Video Resources

Encyclomedia is a free video encyclopedia.

Top 10 YouTube channels for education

Great Websites for Parents

Wonderopolis as a place where parents can seek and nurture a brighter world for their children through the power of discovery, creativity and imagination.  Our Wonders of the Day will help you find learning moments in everyday life, ones that fit in with dinner preparations or carpool responsibilities or a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus.

Teacher Tools

QuizBreak! lets teachers easily create Jeopardy-like games for free that will be hosted online.

Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright is a resource for kids produced by the Library of Congress. Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright is intended to help elementary school students understand the purposes and functions of copyright. is a free service that enables you to quickly draw and write on any webpage. operates as a bookmarklet in your browser's bookmarks bar or toolbar. Once you have installed just click it anytime you're viewing a webpage to start drawing and commenting on that page. When you're done marking a page you can share it with others by clicking publish. Publishing creates a screen capture of the page with your drawings and comments. That screen capture is assigned its own unique url that you can direct others to.

Like Google & Wolfram Alpha?  Try Goofram that will give you Google & Wolfram Alpha results side by side!

Testmoz is a simple service for creating and administering multiple choice tests online. Testmoz provides a unique url for the tests you create. Testmoz also provides a "pass code" that test takers have to enter. As the administrator of the tests you create you can quickly see who has taken your test and how many questions they answered correctly.

You can register for Voki for Classrooms here. It will give you an Adds Free Voki account. Do's and Don'ts of Online Forums

...a useful list of clear guidelines for students as they collaborate in online forums and some examples of strong sentence starters

Cure the Bullies- Online safety and cyber bullying prevention game for kids from 8-12 years old.

Student Technology Tools

Trackclass is a great, free resource for students. The site allows students to track their classes and assignments, and even will send reminders (email or SMS) for upcoming assignment due dates and test dates.

Websites for your Interactive White Board

Eyeballing/Estimation: This is a great site for estimation and other mathy concepts.

Be Jackson Pollock

Fantastic Contraption: Build objects to complete challenges.

Triptico Many tools to use with your interactive white board...some include timers, magnets, name selectors, spinners, matching games and more!

Edina Apps Spotlight

Google Docs