This column focuses on Math related websites.
Johnnie's Math Page has many games to practice skills in all of the strands of mathematics.
is a site that has specific math skills broken up by strand (geometry, measurement, place value, etc...) for many grade levels.
is a website which monitors your progress with math facts. I also create regular competitions using the sight to focus on skills we're working on.
Math-Drills - A free website to find printable drill sheets for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.
Multiplication Games - This page features a whole series of engaging multiplication arcade style games.
Fact Dash - This is a fun place to practice timed + - x and / facts.
Multiplication Table - A randomized interactive multiplication table. Yet one more way to practice.
Connect Sums - This is an interactive site that helps you build your computation skills by clicking on a series of dice or coins that are in an array. You need to find the coins/dice that add up to a specific amount. The amount changes each time.
Fun addition Practice - Serious fun. Be forewarned you won't want to stop.
E-learning for kids - A multi-grade website with math lessons in all the strands of mathematics.
Fresh Baked Fractions - work on equivalent fractions in this game from Fun Brain.
Fractions Worksheets & Games - practice building fractions with pizza, quiz yourself, or print some worksheets.
Equivalent Fractions Quiz - here are some quiz questions with visual representation to practice finding equivalent fractions.
More Fractions Games - Shepphard Software has a multitude of games to practice many things. Their fraction section offers additional visual practice for comparing fractions.
ABCya! Learn to Tell Time - Four different levels of practice.
Stop the Clock is a matching game relating analog and digital time.
Elapsed Time - An interactive game with 3 difficulty levels (options for both analog and digital displays).
Math Textbook Online - This website is a digital copy of the textbook we're using for Math. I use supplementary materials sometime, but if there's a concept you want to refer to, you can visit this site to check out the lessons in the book.
Logic & Problem Solving
Brain Boosters - a collection of logic problems from Discovery Education (with answers). These are some good brain teasers that require deeper thought, unlocking of patterns, and planning. Do yourself a favor and don't look at the answers for a while.
Jigsaw-Doku - Sudoku online with options for changing the size of the board, and the symbols you use. Great spatial/logical reasoning skills builder.
Marble Mania - In this interactive activity, you'll explore randomness and probability. You'll be able to control how many and what color marbles to place in the online marble bag.
Change Maker - $$$ MONEY MATH$$$
This is useful for getting used to making change using coins. Choose the difficulty level, then choose which type of currency (US) you want. The page will tell you how much you've spent and you'll need to compute how much change you need, and in what denomination of coin.
Explore polygons on Math is Fun Get acquainted with different types of polygons. There's a quick summary of some key vocabulary here, followed by a chart with oodles of different polygons. Click on a specific type of polygon like triangle or quadrilateral and you'll get more specific information about each type of that polygon.
21 Seriously Cool Careers that require mastery of math. Thanks Crissy Williams for your suggestion!
This column focuses on Reading & Writing websites that expand on things we do in class.
(Remember that you can press CTRL/CMD and + to increase the size of game screens and the font size of text in your web browser )
is a secure social learning website. All of my students can participate by signing up using our code.
The free typing game website offers a series of lessons and games that help students with keyboarding skills. It's a good idea to put a piece of paper over their hands so they don't learn to hunt and peck.
Create a Newspaper Clipping
This site lets you name your newspaper, create a headline, and write a short story. It quickly uses your words to create a jpeg picture that looks like a clipping from a newspaper. Have fun, and be creative.
The Students Guide to Grammar and Punctuation - This is a resource page with numerous links to all things grammar. Highly recommended as a jumping off point for deeper understanding of grammar concepts. (Thanks Sara & Ava Barnes!)
Make Beliefs Comix - a website where you become the comic strip author. It's free, and lots of fun! There's nothing like making a comic to get the creative juices flowing
Magnetic Poetry - If you've ever played with magnetic poetry before, you know how fun this is. Here's an online version we use in the computer lab.
Writing Fix - Six Traits writing website with numerous strategies and writing prompts to try in class, or at home.
Tikatok - a place where kids can publish their own writing.
is a great resource to begin a writing project, or to improve the word choices you've made in a piece of writing. My writing process page gives some examples.
Into the Book is a great online video resource for learning about different reading strategies that help with reading proficiency.
50 Best Children's Literature Blogs - Here's a great list of blogs discussing children's literature. Librarians, teachers, and authors are some of the authors of these blogs. Subject matter ranges from great picture books lists, books that turn boys into readers, African American Authors, to Newberry award winners. Loads of great book recommendations can be found here!
Planet Esme - I highly recommend visiting this website if you're looking for great books to buy or borrow. Esme is a certified "readiologist", and has an archive of book recommendations. I often go here to find out about new and interesting books.
Richie's Picks - Richie is the former children's literature buyer for Copperfields Books, and always has great suggestions for new literature to read.
Vocabulary Building Sites
Analogy of the Day - This particular page is one we visit from time to time in class because of the time we spend learning our Word Masters words. Have your child tell you the relationship before they click on the answer. If they don't know it, have them click on the hint and they'll be given the relationship. This is one page from Fact Monster.
Merriam-Webster's Word Central - A Kid-centric dictionary site with interactive games.
Eye on Idioms - a game that helps children understand the literal visual translation, and the meaning behind some of the numerous idioms we use in the English language.
Free Rice - a great vocabulary builder. The site donates rice to end world hunger for correct answers. Most of my class is already familiar with this site.
Antonyms game - good practice for vocabulary building, and to prepare for Word Masters.
Spin & Spell - fun practice for spelling in a visually appealing format.
Phonics driven site to practice short and long vowel sounds in a game format. Good for emergent readers who need a little extra isolated word sound practice.
Whomp! - a game, like Boggle, that builds spelling and reading ability
Literacy at the Children's University of Manchester - The series of links to the left on this page point you to Flash-based activities that help solidify the concepts of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and idioms. Both the nouns and adjectives sections have several components. This site is fantastic. At the bottom of the list is a link to their main page, which has numerous additional activities about many other curricular areas.
Mad Libs online - practice your parts of speech in this fun online version of Mad Libs on Fun Brain.
Grammar Gorillas - Choose your level (Beginner or Advanced) and then identify the word that fits the part of speech requested in each sentence. This also comes from Fun Brain.
Matilda Syllable game - great place to learn the rules of syllabication with good instant feedback.
This column focuses on Science websites that tie in with the standards we study in class.
is a PBS sponsored website with videos of children doing different science investigations.
Freezeray.com is a website with interactive visually stimulating material, making use of both animations and drag and drop interactivity to explore fundamental concepts of science.
Fact Monster - is a large website that's worthy of exploration. There are a lot of interesting quizzes, facts, and trivia assembled by category. We'll be looking at fossils and dinosaurs in science, and there's a great Dino-encyclopedia as part of this site.
Solar System Scope - is a 3-D model of our solar system. This and the next link are interesting to compare. This particular one has better graphics but not as many customizable features. They're both worth checking out.
Planets - An interactive 3-D model of our solar system which enables you to manipulate time, your visual perspective, and much more. Click on the start/pane section and add tours for some interesting options.
50 Years of NASA - is a flash based tour of all the accomplishments of NASA in the past 50 years. There is a lot of additional info on this part of the site.
National Geographic Interactive Solar System is full of images and information. A great place for collecting data.
Kid's Astronomy is a kid friendly website with a lot of factual information. Great for report writing!
Click-able Spacesuit - go to NASA's site to check out all the parts of a spacesuit.
Daylight map - Here's one way to see the parts of the Earth that are in daylight, and those that are not. You can click on a specific area, then check back later to see whether it's still in daylight or not.
Earth-Sun relations - this website has an interactive Earth which can be positioned on any day of the year. This allows you to see which parts of the Earth are receiving greater and lesser amounts of light during the summer and winter solstices, and how the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are receiving equal amounts of sunlight during the spring and autumnal equinoxes.
Phases of the Moon - This site shows the moon in relation to the Sun and Earth. It clearly illustrates why we see the moon differently during the course of its revolution around the Earth.
Phases of the Moon What is a Birthday moon? Find out while exploring the Greek Zodiac, Chinese Zodiac with a series of links to go in depth about the reasons for the moons varying appearances (with links to images & descriptions of each of the eight phases of the moon) in our night sky. Thanks for the suggestion Mrs. Mochado's students and Mrs. Phillip's students! Thanks for the great additions!
The Golden Record - A Voyager Flash-based exploration of Jet Propulsion Labs Voyager Mission.
Stardate - This site is run by the McDonald Observatory of the University of Austin, Texas. This particular page is about star constellations. It's chock full of great information about the solar system. They usually have a mini-program on NPR about what's taking place in space.
Astronomyonline.org is a site that shows which constellations are viewable in the night sky during the different seasons. There are navigation links above the images of the views looking north, south, east, and west. Simply hover over the images with your mouse to see the constellations.
The Scale of the Universe is an incredible journey from the microverse to the universe. You can slide, or click your way to larger and smaller scales with descriptions of the objects you click along the way. Here are a couple of images from the site. (Flash based)
A View of Outer Space Through Your Window is a collection of links that can also help in your pursuit of knowledge about the solar system. Thanks Rachel for the recommendation!
Taylor Observatory - Our local Lake County observatory opens to the public every 3rd Saturday of the month for some great star and planet gazing. Go here to see hours and other information. They're located in Kelseyville.
Video of Mars Rover Landing - Watch a History Channel Video about the Rovers named Spirit & Opportunity, their landing, and their 2003 mission.
NASA's Mars site - THE go to place for all things Martian.
Interactive Ear - We look at how energy travels in 3rd grade. This website demonstrates how the ear and brain work together to help us her.
Amplitude - This site allows you to change the amplitude of a sound wave.
Bats - Here's a website loaded with information about bats. We've been focusing on writing expository paragraphs. Here's a fun place to explore even further.
Wild Cat Fund - Here's the website for the people who brought wild cats to our school.
Tech Topics - Matter - put together by the Tech Museum in San Jose, there are explanations, activities, and links focusing on matter here.