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Long, hot days can draw kids indoors and looking for something to keep them entertained. For an educational diversion, point them to these fun sites.
Academic Skill Builders (Beginner to intermediate)
Covering Math and Language Arts skills, these single player & multi-player games offer an innovative mix of arcade games and basic academic skills.
Smithsonian Kids (Beginner to intermediate)
The Smithsonian has gathered several fun online games from museums across the country. For example, learn how to make a light bulb at the Lemelson Center or see a skeleton walk at the Natural History Museum.
PBS Kids (Beginner)
PBS has fun games and ideas for children and parents from topics ranging from birthday parties to math, reading, language and child development.
PestWorld for Kids Learning Games (Beginner to intermediate)
Mysterious and exciting, the world of pests challenges us to understand what attracts these animals to our homes and yards. Tackle the pest challenge with these learning games! For kids of all ages, and especially for those in third through fifth grade.
Sheppard Software Games (Beginning to adult)
This site is a bit "commercial", but we are including it here because the wealth of great games far outweighs the advertisements at the site (enable your browser's ad blocker, if it has one, and only the less obtrusive Google text ads will display). Plenty to do for early learners and high school levels.
Hot Teaching Tools
Here are two great resources we have just added to our Cool Tools collection.
An open-source (free) instructional program that helps educators teach early literacy using a wide community of teachers and researchers. FreeReading contains a 40-week scope and sequence of phonological awareness and phonics activities that can support and supplement a typical kindergarten or first grade core or basal program.
You may already know about the PBS Teachers portal, but this related PBS site offers some additional excellent lesson plans and online video clips to help students explore a number of Social Studies topics and issues.
The race for the presidency is in full force, as candidates market themselves to the American public. This provides a great opportunity for students to critically examine marketing strategies and the media. For example, deconstructing campaign materials, such as TV advertisements, and reviewing historical events can help students better understand how media can influence political outcomes.
The :30 Second Candidate
The Living Room Candidate
Encourage students to follow the 2008 race to compare and contrast marketing tactics, including the candidates' strong presence on the Web. Also, examine and discuss media coverage and potential influence on campaigns and on the voting public. What do students think about CNN using YouTube submissions to allow the public to ask questions for some of the debates?
U.S. Elections — Guide to the 2008 Election
Copernicus Election Watch — Path to the White House
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