Student Online Games
Here is one of the best websites for students: Great Websites for Kids. It is sponsored by The Association For Library Service To Children a division of the American Library Association. The sites are all categorized by subject and each have a review and rating. I give it 4 stars!
Yahoo! Kids Just like adults like to log onto Yahoo! every morning to get the latest news, check email, and generally warm up to daily Internet offerings, your children can also use Yahoo!’s Kids counterpart as a sort of Internet home base. It has a plethora of games of all kinds, music, movies, jokes, sports, horoscopes, e-cards, and even a StudyZone that has information on animals, reference materials (e.g. a dictionary and encyclopedia), and more.
If you want to check up on your kids’ activities, go to the Parents section, which provides movie reviews for kids from a parent’s perspective, advice on online safety, and much more. Of course, the best feature of Yahoo! Kids is its child-friendly search engine, which only pulls up appropriate links. Your kids will find so much to do and learn on Yahoo! Kids that they won’t need to go anywhere else.
National Geographic Kids Here is a great site that kids can sink their teeth into! They will have online access to a lot of this same great educational material, which allows them to keep apprised of things happening around the world. Yes, there are the requisite games to keep kids interested, but the People and Places section, Animals, Activities, Stories, and other educational links
Here’s a site that is entertainment-based, it does have some interesting educational stuff thrown in for good measure. Check out the Weird Science section to find fun experiments to do with your kids that teach them about physics, chemistry, biology, weather, and more. There are also several kid-friendly recipes to get them involved in the kitchen. You can even search Funology’s content by age and type of activity to find content tailored to your child’s interests.
Funbrain – Full of interactive games like Grammar Gorillas and Math Baseball. You’ll also find Web books and comics, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid (nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award) and Amelia Writes Again. Education and fun are the key elements to this site, which also links words to dictionary definitions for learning on the fly. Aids for teachers and parents, like homework supplements and quizzes, are also available. If you want to build your child’s brainpower, send them to Funbrain.
Webkinz Yes, this is a commercial site, meaning your kids are exposed to some advertisements, but there is also a lot here to interest them—all of which is fairly constructive. They can browse through Webkinz News to find out the latest happenings in their online world, read stories, and more. But the biggest draw here is the games. Have your child click Things to Do and go to the Arcade. There, they can play games related to their Webkinz pets, earn KinzCash, and buy things for their toys, like food. They can even make a little room for their Webkinz and decorate it with furniture purchased through earned KinzCash. Your children will have one year from the time of purchase to enjoy their online world.
Whyville Blocked at our school, but worth a look at home. Whyville is presented as an online world that requires your child to manage money, eat properly, and helps educate kids on online safety. A filter automatically removes and reports the use of foul language and sends red flags to site moderators for other words that may lead to inappropriate chatting. In fact, before kids can even participate, they must pass a test to get their “chat license.” It’s actually very difficult to pass. Kids can design their face, earn “clams” by playing games, start their own business, write for the town newspaper and more. Whyville is a great and safe way to get your kid acclimated to online networking sites and teach them some basic Internet codes of behavior to boot.
A+ Click features a collection of illustrated challenging math problems for students in grades one through twelve. The website has a graduated set of over 2200 problems, starting from the very simple to the extremely difficult. The website also includes hundreds of practical problems and brainteasers.
Seussville Dr. Seuss has been teaching kids valuable lessons, such as the importance of environmental awareness in industrialized society (The Lorax), why racism is stupid (The Sneetches), and the psychological implications of holiday-motivated materialism (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) since the 1950’s! Today, Random House publishing has taken Seuss’s teachings to the web, and developed a wonderfully interactive site for kids to explore. With links to videos, games, and Seuss’ classic books, this site ranks among the best we’ve encountered for younger children.
Lawrence Hall of Science Answering complex scientific questions in a simple, engaging, and child-friendly manner is a difficult feat to accomplish, but Lawrence Hall of Science has pulled it off. The kid’s section of the website offers up a myriad of simple and intriguing questions in an easy-to-navigate format. When your child finds something they’re interested in, clicking the link will send them to a brief explanation of the topic and suggest an activity where they can explore the question hands-on. In addition to experiments, games, and activities for younger kids, the site also has plenty of content that older, smarter kids can learn from.
PBS Kids The award-winning online stopover features activities and games from your child’s favorite PBS shows, including guest appearances by Barney, Curious George, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Kids can also discover music and color online. That being said, this is definitely a site for younger children.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis holds the distinction being the largest of its kind in the world! The museum is home to one of the largest displays of real juvenile and family dinosaur fossils in the world. Dinosphere boasts a teenage T. rex with an attitude, a Gorgosaurus skeleton that actually has a brain tumor, and Baby Louie, the only articulated dinosaur embryo fossil ever found. There are five floors of exhibit halls – something for all ages. If you can’t get there, you have to experience their online resources that allows you to explore, play, and have fun without even being there. I’m a little bias since my daughter-in-law works there!
The Tech Museum of Innovation offers this website for upper elementary/middle school children, providing articles on history, ethics and innovation in the field of robotics. Videos, interactive games and interviews with people in the field make this site especially effective.
A favorite of students. This site isn’t just all fun and no work. These are games that force students to think, problem solve and create. Coolmath isn't just MATH! Besides Math games, they now have...Reading and Spelling Games And Geography Games. Check it out!
Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark
AAAMath- AAA Math features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons. Unlimited practice is available on each topic which allows thorough mastery of the concepts. A wide range of lessons (Kindergarten through Eighth grade level) enables learning or review to occur at each individual's current level. The AAAMath.com site contains thousands of pages of Math Lessons.
ABCya! ABCya.com is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children's educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn
Figure This! demonstrates challenging middle school mathematics and emphasizes the importance of high-quality math education for all students. Funding for the project was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education.http://www.figurethis.org/index.html