Learn About the States

My first trip across country as a young adult was inspired by a social studies project I had in fifth grade. We were studying Native Americans across the United States, and the Anasazi of the Southwest planted themselves firmly in my mind. Then and there I vowed that I would see their cliff homes some day.

I fulfilled that childhood dream in my early twenties at Mesa Verde National Park, climbing steep ladders to visit Anasazi homes, peering into the kivas they used for worship, and climbing still higher to reach the sunny mesa tops where these ancestors of the Pueblo people grew crops.

Now that the school year’s begun, today’s elementary school students will begin preparing projects and writing reports on the subjects they’re learning about. The 50 states are still a popular first project or report topic in elementary school.

LearningGamesforKids.com has a section on the 50 states with loads of great resources to help you begin to learn about the symbols, the animals and plants, and the attractions of every state in the union. There are online games, printable activities, and even videos featuring each state, so it’s a great place to start your report or project.

Take a look through our resources. You’ll have fun playing games, find great information for your report, and maybe you’ll see a bird or a museum or an attraction that will plant itself firmly in your mind. Maybe you’ll find a state you just can’t wait to visit some day!

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Early Reading Skills

A new school year is here, and students across America are meeting new friends and greeting old ones. They’re adjusting to new teachers, new classrooms, and even new schools. Each new school year holds promise as students begin to learn new skills they can be proud of, but new skills take practice.

LearningGamesforKids.com is a great place to go to find fun ways to help students practice skills they’re developing in school. If you’ve got an emerging reader, you’ll want to check out short vowel games like Word Paths. Players build short words with consonants and short vowels – it’s great reading and spelling practice!

Learn Short Vowels                              short vowels learning game

Audio Word Match is another game that’s perfect for emerging readers. It’s like a game of concentration. Players flip over cards two at a time and try to match them. Players see and hear each word as they flip the cards. Repetition helps students build sight words and learn to read.

Check out these games and more at LearningGamesforKids.com .

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This post was written by admin on August 25, 2014

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First Day Jitters?

If you haven’t started school for the year already, your first day is probably coming up quickly. It’s easy to be nervous about a new school year because you’re not sure how things will go. Dusting off your academic skills can help you feel confident in what you know. Playing a learning game is a fun way to practice the things you already know and prepare your brain to learn more.

Here are some great back-to-school games at LearningGamesforKids.com.

View Wheels On The Bus Video

Riding the school bus for the first time? Get ready by singing along!

educational games

Practice spelling words from your favorite books. Here’s a game based on Madeline.

Diet Soda & Mentos Experiment

Do you remember what you learned in science class last year? Get your science on with fun video experiments like this one that shows what happens when you mix Mentos candies and soda.

learn antonyms

Wow your English Language Arts teacher by showing off your knowledge of antonyms and synonyms!

Play Math Search Game

Forget how those parentheses work in equations? Brush up on your algebra skills with Math Search.

Don’t let the jitters get you down! Chase them away with fun back-to-school games. It’s going to be a great year!

 

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This post was written by admin on August 18, 2014

Organized Learning with Symbaloo

There are a lot of social media sites out there. Some sites are primarily for connecting with friends while others help you share ideas and interests with strangers. Symbaloo is a site we’ve recently discovered that’s a great organizer for students, educators, parents, and homeschoolers.

 

Symbaloo users create webmixes like the one above. Each button on the webmix links to a favorite or commonly used link. When you need to go to that site, just click the button and Symbaloo will take you there. You can make your own. You can also use premade webmixes. Here are some of our favorites:

Save your favorite webmix to your home page so that all of your favorite websites are available every time you log on. Share them with your students, or let your students create their own. It’s a great way to organize learning resources. Want to get started? Register for a free Symbaloo account here.

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This post was written by admin on July 28, 2014