Writing

Here is some fun stuff using magnets of all kinds:

Word Magnets is a fun, online Flash activity, where you type in your text, choose a background, and then use the magnets to create a word picture. You can manipulate the color and size of the magnets.

Wall Wisher make an on-line bulletin board-kids can add comments, rearrange thoughts and ideas and contribute their own. Free.

Online Refrigerator Magnets will let you play with others to create words using letter magnets.

Online Magnetic Poetry Pick a poetry kit to manipulate. Just like the ones you put on your refrigerator! Here's one that's almost the same, called Poetry for Kids.

Spelling

Visual Thesaurus Spelling Bee (Online) In the Tournament Spelling Bee, you'll be challenged by a series of words, with the spelling difficulty adapted to your skill level. The more words you get right, the higher your score will go, on a scale from 200 to 800.

Scholastic Spelling Wizard (Online) Type in 10 words to study, and the site will generate a Spelling Scramble or Word Search to help you study.

Spelling City

  • Over 42,000 spelling words and ten learning games!
  • A REAL person who says each word and sentence.
  • Free home pages for teachers and parents to save lists.
  • How To Videos to show teachers and parents how to use SpellingCity.com.
  • A free forum and newsletter with more vocabulary and spelling resources!
  • Ten games to play online or to print: Spelling, Vocabulary, Alphabetical Order.
  • Free printables for handwriting practice with your saved lists.
  • A Resources Section which highlights features and existing lists for Dolch words, compound words, sound-alikes (their, there, they're), contractions, possessives, and more.

After taking the online spelling test, students can print out a report, retake the entire test, or get tested only on the spelling words that they got wrong the first time. 

Writing

Read, Write, Think Engage your students in online literacy learning with these interactive tools that help them accomplish a variety of goals—from organizing their thoughts to learning about language—all while having fun. Some examples:

  • Essay Map 
  • Venn Diagram, 2 Circles This interactive tool allows students to create Venn Diagrams that contain two overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

  • Animal Inquiry Supporting inquiry-based research projects, the Animal Inquiry interactive invites elementary students to explore animal facts and habitats using writing prompts to guide and record their findings.

  • Diamante Poems This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

  • ReadWriteThink Printing Press The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, flyers, and booklets.

  • ABC Match ABC Match is a game that has students practice letter-recognition fluency while honing their memories. Students match initial letters with pictures, playing either with a timer or without.

Activities are all online, and there are MANY more than those listed here, grouped by subject and by grade level.

Graphic Organizers

Bubbl.us  Kind of like Inspiration (but online, and FREE!) Bubbl.us is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online. You can:

  • Create colorful mind maps online
  • Share and work with friends
  • Embed your mind map in your blog or website
  • Email and print your mind map
  • Save your mind map as an image
Webspiration is a fully functioning website just like Inspiration software, but online. Includes sharing, chat and collaboration, and the ability to print all documents.


Class Tools Along the right-hand column of the site you will find a list of the different organizers and activities. Students can choose the graphic organizer style, add the required information for the assignment, and then either save the file, embed it into a webpage, or print.

Worksheet Works  has free printable organizers, including clocks, fishbones, t-charts, y-charts, YWLs, Venn Diagrams, pies, stars, cycles, PMIs, and decision-making charts. When you select the type of chart you would like to print, you are taken to a page of options where you can add titles and headers that are appropriate for your lesson. You can also choose the size of paper that you would like to print on. You then create your worksheet and it is available to download, print and save print as a PDF file. (Students do not fill it out online)
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