#free educational websites for students
Starfall is a free website that provides interactive and downloadable materials for teachers and parents to use as a supplement to support reading and phonics development. Primarily the site is appropriate for children in kindergarten and first grade. Since it’s a web-based program, it’s relatively simple to use. The site offers materials at four levels: Starfall ABC ‘s which addresses alphabet and sound recognition; Learn to Read materials which focus on blending and chunking sounds; It’s Fun to Read materials which begin to offer variety in the types of materials presented; and finally I’m Reading, the site’s most advanced level which offers selections with high frequency words to promote reading success.
Vocabulary and Spelling City
If you’re looking for a way to spice up spelling and vocabulary tests or provide practice and review for weak spellers, try
Vocabulary and Spelling City. This site allows teachers to import their classes’ spelling and vocabulary lists to create activities. It also has popular spelling lists already available. Games like Unscramble, Alphabetize and Speedy Speller are just a few of the growing number of activities on the site. For less technology savvy users, Spelling City has video tutorials that explain how to use the site and give ideas for implementing their activities in the classroom. Since the teacher is able to import her own word list, this site can be used for any grade level from the youngest elementary school spellers to students studying for the SATs.
Personal Educational Press
For an easy way to create flashcards, study tools and quizzes that are tailored to your subject and grade level needs, visit Personal Educational Press. This site allows you to create materials in four different subject areas – Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies – and in four different languages – English, Spanish, French and German. The site is very basic which, for novices, also makes it pretty user friendly. There are no frills and no tutorials, but with a few minutes of trial and error, the different options become easy to navigate. Plus, as with the above mentioned sites, the materials are free.
The Professor Garfield site allows teachers, parents and students to read online comic books, or have them read to them, in English French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. The animation is engaging and familiar to elementary school children, as Jim Davis’ popular cartoon cat Garfield is the star throughout the site. There are games, parent and teacher resources, and information regarding how to link the activities to standards-based curriculum. The comic books are easy to navigate and by simply clicking on the text the words are read aloud.