Thursday, September 30, 2010

Decimal Comparison

This new, interactive activity by TeacherLed was made for the Smartboard.  Students will use this activity to compare two decimals.  After pressing start, various decimal numbers will appear and the student must then draw a > or < on the large blue square. The software will then recognize which of the 2 signs has been drawn and award a point for a correct answer and remove one for an incorrect answer.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rocks and Minerals

Learn about rocks and minerals and the processes that create them with these interactive activities:

Burke Museum Rocks and Minerals:
Learn the characteristics of minerals.

BBC Rocks and Soil:
Test the characteristics of several types of rock.

The Rock Cycle by McGraw Hill:
Learn how rocks change.

The Rock Cycle by Interactives:
Create a rock collection as you learn about the three main types of rock, find out how to tell the different rock types apart, and see how rocks change from one type into another!

Rocks and Weathering:
An interactive video to see how rocks are formed.

Who Am I? Rock Game:
Use the clues to determine the type of rock.

New Arcademic Skill Builders Games

Arcademic Skill Builders is a great site with quality educational games for the classroom.  I recently visited the site and found that they had added several new games. Here are a few of the new games to try on your Smartboard:

Penguin Jump Multiplication:
Up to 4 players can try to get their penguin back to the homeland first.  Players jump on the icebergs that has the correct answer to the multiplication problems.

Kitten Match:
In this mutiplayer game, students grab yarn balls with their kittens that add up to the given number.

Ratio Stadium:
Up to 4 players can race their bikes.  Try to win by clicking the correct answer to power the bike.  The more answers you get correct, the faster you will go.

Turtle Dash:
In this mutiplayer game, the student clicks the correct missing letters to create a word.  The first turtle to finish line wins.

Spelling Bees:
Build your beehive before the other players.  Listen to the word and then collect the correct letters to spell the word.  The first bee to complete the hive wins.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Wacky Web Tales

Wacky Web Tales by Houghton Mifflin is a site that has been around for quite awhile, but it remains one of my favorite, fun interactive sites.  Wacky Web Tales is a collection of short stories that students create by filling in random words- like a Mad-Libs story.  The students must know their parts of speech as they choose nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives for their story.  There is a parts of speech help section for those that need assistance.  After words are chosen, the students see their story with the random words inserted- often with hilarious results.  Students are always highly motivated to create and read their stories with this activity.  Many of the stories can be used as seasonal writing activities.  There are several fall related stories available such as: The Best Town in the World Has a Fall Festival, My Amazing Thanksgiving, The Mummy, The New Kids in School, and Why I Love Fall.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Typing and Keyboarding Practice Games

Here are some fun keyboarding sites for your students to use to practice typing skills:

Typing Defense:
Type the words on the asteroids to save planet Earth.

Cup Stacking:
Type the letters on the cups.

Typing Adventure:
Type the letters to climb and discover treasures.

Dance Mat Typing:

Keys Game:
Learn to find keys on the keyboard:

Find keys on the keyboard and associate letters with sound and images.

Typing Bubbles:
Type the letter in the bubbles.

A pacman game, but you must type the letters to change directions and avoid the bad guys.

Destroy the color block sections by typing the letter.

Super Hyper Spider Typer:
Zap the chameleons before they reach the spider.

Find the Letter:

The Magic Library:
Type the letters on the falling books.

Type 'Em Up:
Shoot the attacking enemies by typing the letters.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Comparison Shoot Out

Compare the numbers and kick the ball into the correct side of the goal to score!  The Comparison Shoot Out game from Fuel the Brain has three levels of play.  Level 1 compares whole numbers, level 2 compares fractions up to eighths, and level 3 compares fractions up to hundredths.  Your students will love playing this game on the Smartboard.  Click/press and hold the arrow and release it when it is pointing to the correct answer on the goal.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Interactive Calculators

Here are some online, interactive calculators that you can use on your SmartBoard:

Giant Calculator:

Ambleside Primary's Big Calculator:

Freaky Frank's Calculator:

ICT Games Calculator:

Using a Calculator to Solve a Problem:

Web 2.0 Calculator:
A scientific calculator for advanced math.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Graph It!

Here are some great interactive sites to create graphs with your students:

Simple Survey by Teacher LED:
Choose a topic (transportation, pets, TV, or food) and create a tally chart, pie graph, or bar graph with the data you collect as a class.

Create A Graph:
Create bar, line, area, pie, and XY graphs.

Make a Pictogram:
Make a pictogram using images of flowers, people, cars, stars, boats, blocks, coach, bikes, trains, and computers.  You can change the color of the images, as well.

How Far Away Do You Live? by I-Board:
Create pins with your students name and place it on the graph to show how far away each child lives from school.

Make image labels for your students and graph their birthday months.

Graph your students' favorite snacks.

Graph your students' favorite toys and activities.

Create your own tally chart, pie chart, bar chart, or pictogram by adding your own information and values.

Put in your titles and data to instantly create a pie chart.

Choose from given data to interpret the graph, or enter your own.

Choose from given data to interpret the graph or create your own.

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