Oh, the Weather Outside Is Frightful!

It’s that time of the year again, the start of the winter chill. Some kids glory in the weather, while others dread it. Either way, we’ve got games and activities to make sure you have fun – and you might even learn a thing or two!

Conduction & Radiation

To get a little warmth back in your life, check out our science activities. Conduction and Radiation is a fun science video that teaches about two types of heat energy. Just watching  warms you up because it’s filmed at the beach!

Heat Card Flip

Heat Card Flip is another great chilly day activity. It’s a fun memory game that challenges you to match pictures with the heat energy terms.


Explore Weather

Do you prefer playing in the snow to hiding from it? Our sister site, Science4Us.com, has a great activity for that! Try the Explore activity from the weather module. Choose a snowy weather scene and the clothes you’d wear to go outside!

No matter how frightful the weather, we have fun, interactive games for you to play!

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This post was written by admin on December 15, 2014

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Thanksgiving Fun!

The holidays are approaching and they’re bringing along tons of family fun, excitement, and To Do lists for packing and chores. With all the hubbub, kids can have trouble settling down — just when parents and teachers have extra holiday preparations on their hands.

Here are three suggestions for ways students can learn and play in the lead-up to Thanksgiving.

Play Word Search

Play Speedy Speller

1)     Learn about North America before the settlers arrived. The European settlers brought farm animals with them, but what animals were here before they arrived? Try our North American Animal Games to find out! Interactive online games make for fun at home, and there’s even a printable activity to keep kids busy for the long car ride to Grandma’s house!

Play Jigsaw Game

2)     Complete the North America Jigsaw. Notice the shapes of the continent of North America and the oceans that surround it as you construct this jigsaw puzzle map.


3)     Play games with Thanksgiving-themed spelling lists. Our sister site, VocabularySpellingCity, has three lists to help students practice Thanksgiving-themed words: Harvest, Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving Feast. Pick a list, and then choose from our games, quizzes, and writing activities. Fourteen of the games and activities offer printable versions, too! They’re great for car or plane rides or post-feast to give out to the kiddos while the grown-ups take a nap!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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This post was written by admin on November 17, 2014

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3 Great Paragraph Writing Tools You May Be Missing

It’s November, and schools and home schools across the United States are focused on writing. Students are writing reports, doing large-scale projects, and readying themselves for standardized tests. For many students these writing tasks cause anxiety, procrastination, and stress. They don’t have to! Here are three great tools that can help your child or students write great paragraphs, the building blocks of successful writing.



The Paragraph Burger is a graphic organizer shaped like a burger. Each section: bun, tomato, lettuce, burger, is labeled to help students remember the sections of a successful paragraph: topic sentence, 3 supporting details, concluding sentence. This fun and friendly format helps students write one sentence at a time, and when they’re finished one paragraph for their project will be complete. Find this and other helpful graphic organizers at LearningGamesforKids.com.


Paragraph Writing Practice

Writing a paragraph can be a great way to practice vocabulary or spelling words. Beginning with a list of words rather than a blank screen may also help students develop creative content. VocabularySpellingCity’s paragraph writing activity helps students practice paragraph writing, vocabulary, and spelling! Students choose a list and type a paragraph using those words. Premium membership allows students or teachers to create custom lists. Once the paragraph is complete, students click the speaker, have it read aloud, and then return to edit their work. Students submit or print their completed paragraphs.


Time4Writing is an online writing course site. With a strong slate of free resources, it’s the site for you if you need to get into the nitty gritty of paragraph writing. Paragraph Writing in the Free Resources section includes five subtopics. Each one includes lessons in video and slide formats, printable activities, and online games. It’s a great place to go to focus on each of the elements of the paragraph as well as on putting together a paragraph that flows well and suits its purpose.

So if you need some writing help, don’t stress! Use these great resources for quick tricks, creative spurs, and even in-depth lessons. They’ll help your students get their paragraphs up to snuff!


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This post was written by admin on November 3, 2014

The Third “R”

Throughout my school career one small problem often tripped me up on math tests. It wasn’t word problems, logic, or even geometry. What was it? Arithmetic! I’d think my way through complex problems and formulas but make a simple arithmetic mistake and get the problem wrong!

Play Flash Cards Plus Game

One way to solve this frustrating problem is practice. Automaticity can be achieved through practice of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Math Flash Cards help students at any level practice their arithmetic. Online flash cards correct and give feedback as you go. It only takes a few minutes a day to improve your memory and your speed!

Play Math Man Game

Need a little incentive to practice? Math Man is an arcade-style math practice game that’s a great reward for your hard work.

You can find Flash Cards and Math Man at LearningGamesforKids.com. Before you know it, you’ll have nailed your arithmetic and you’ll be acing all your tests!


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This post was written by admin on November 1, 2014

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