Monday, October 25, 2010

Punctuation Practice

Here are some interactive games that you can use on your Smartboard to practice punctuation.

BBC's Punctuation Splat:
Choose the correct punctuation and spalt it in the sentence.

BBC's Full Stop Game:
Click on a rope to see a sentence and drag a red stop to the end of the sentence.

Roy the Zebra's Full Stop Game:
Read the sentence and click and drag a snail to where the full stop should be.
Try these other levels too:
The Full Stop Game 2
The Full Stop Game 3
The Full Stop Game 4
The Full Stop Game 5

Roy the Zebra's Advanced Full Stop Game:
Click and drag the snails to where the fulls stops should be.  Use the flower to undo an answer.
Try these other levels too:
Advanced Full Stop Game 2
Advanced Full Stop Game 3
Advanced Full Stop Game 4
Advanced Full Stop Game 5

Roy the Zebra's Question Marks Game:
Collect tools by dragging a looking glass to give a sentence a question mark.
Try these other levels too:
Zed’s Question Mark Game 2
Zed’s Question Mark Game 3
Zed’s Question Mark Game 4
Zed’s Question Mark Game 5

Harcourt's Punctuation Campground:
Click on the sentence where you need to insert punctuation and click the keys to add.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween Interactive Games

Update: Find even MORE Halloween games for the classroom on my updated site by clicking here!

Here are some Halloween themed interactive games that you can use in your classroom for learning and for fun:

Candy Corn Math:
Find the matching pairs.

Trick or Treat Route:
Click the houses in sequence to choose the shortest route.
Candy Cards:
Try to clear all of the cards.  Click a card that has a matching picture next to it and the set will disappear and reveal the new cards below.
Castle Dracula:
Use words to describe the castle.
Pick a Pumpkin:
Young students will enjoy interacting with this story.
Halloween, Halloween, What Do You See?:
Read along with this online book.
Pumpkin Patch Match:
Try to find all of the matching symbols.
Halloween Dress Up Game:
Select makeup, eyes, hair, and clothes to dress the child for Halloween.  Use this activity as a story starter.
Ghost Blasters:
Choose a multiple and blast the ghosts that have numbers of that multiple.
Spooky Sequences:
Find the missing number when counting by 5's.
Find other Ghost Blaster and Spooky Sequences games using different numbers on the Oswego School District Interactive Games site.
Witch's Stew Interactive Story:
Cobweb Creator:
Play with lines, arcs, shapes, and color while creating a cobweb.
Garfield's Scary Scavenger Hunt:
Find all the goodies hidden in the haunted house.  Search for things that will help you to find the goodies.  Click on items to pick them up.  Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move around.
Pumpkin Carving:
Use these sites to create your own jack-o-lantern.  Use your creations as story starters or to talk about describing words.
NCS Tech Carve A Pumpkin:
ABCYa Click and Drag Pumpkin:
Spookathon's Carve a Pumpkin:
All Hallow's Eve Pumpkin:

Monday, October 11, 2010

Autumn Interactive Games

Here are some fall themed interactive games that you can use in your classroom for learning and for fun:

Harvest Hootenanny:
Practice your multiplication skills with Farmer Fred.  Click on the seed packets to answer the multiplication problem.  Teachers, if using on the Smartboard, skip the arcade type game after 10 questions and return to the main menu.

Tackle Math Ball:
Practice math skills.  Answer correctly and your team will block the opponent or advance on the field.

Make a Scarecrow:
Click and drag the images to create a scarecrow.  Use these activities as story starters or to practice descriptive writing.
HelpKidzLearn Scarecrow:

A Kid's Heart Scarecrow:

Highlights Kids Scarecrow:

Fall Sudoku:
Fill in the blanks with the autumn items.  Objects in a row, column, or 3 x 3 area can not be repeated.

Fall Find the Differences:
See if you can spot all seven differences before time runs out.

Catch the Apples:
Primary students can practice counting and color recognition as they collect the correct apples.

Nut Hunt for Fall Words:
Match the image and text on the leaves to collect nuts for Sally the Squirrel.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Glogster as a Teaching Tool

Glogster EDU is one of my favorite tools for students.  But, did you realize that Glogster EDU is also a great teaching tool?  Here are some great reasons for teachers to create educational glogs:

*Glogs can contain many types of media.  Students will learn through text, images, audio, video, and links to other web based content.
*Glogs are visual and the bright, fun look of a glog will engage and interest students.
*A teacher can create a learning tool for students that relates directly to the curriculum.  The teacher has control over what media and links to share with students, keeping them on track with their learning.
*Glogs can be created for any subject or topic.  Teachers can upload their own images and videos or record their own audio.  Users are not limited to the resources provided in the Glogster EDU application. 
*Once a glog is created, the teacher can use it on a SmartBoard or embed it in their web page or wiki.  Teachers can also access the glog through a direct URL.
*Students will be able to view teacher created glogs from home.  They can use the glog for homework or as a review.
*Teachers can create glogs from school or home because the application is entirely Internet based.
*If teachers share content through glogs it will motivate and excite students to create their own glogs to show what they know.

Here are some examples of how glogs can be used to share curricular content and classroom information.  Hold your mouse over the Glogster EDU logo and click View Full Size to open the glog as a full page:

Math- Learning About Squares:
Science- Force and Motion:
Poetry- Inspired by Images:

Reading- Long Vowel Sounds:
Social Studies- The 14th Amendment:Reading- Frog and Toad:

Science- Air Pollution:
About the Class- Meet the 4th Graders:To Share Sites and Tools- Web 2.0:

Be sure to also check out the Glogpedia, Glogster EDU's showcase of great glogs.

Do you want to get started with Glogster?  Set up a FREE teacher account at
You can also view my Glogster handout to learn how to use Glogster.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Concrete Poetry for Shape Poems

Concrete Poetry is an online interactive that creates a shape poem.  The Woodland Trust created this activity as a way for students to create a personal response to the natural environment.  First, students will choose or draw a shape for the poem.  A selection of plant and animal shapes is provided if students do not wish to draw their own.  Then they will choose words to place in or around the shape.  A word-bank is provided for students to choose from or they can enter their own words.  Completed poems can be printed right from the activity.

iSpring Free Powerpoint to Flash Converter

The iSpring free converter is one of my favorite tools.  Download this program and you can quickly and easily convert any PowerPoint file into a Flash (.swf) video. When your PowerPoint file is converted it will still include all of your transitions, animations, special effects, audio, and video from your original file.  Converting a PowerPoint file makes it simple to share you PowerPoint project on your web site or in a blog.  The free iSpring converter also works with Slideboom to automatically upload and store your presentations on the web if you don't wish to place them on your own web site. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Domo Animate

Domo Animate is a fun and easy to use online animation program that can be used with elementary or middle students to create animated stories.  Students can choose backgrounds, characters, objects, and music for their scenes.  Then add speech bubbles and movement to your characters and objects.  Add more scenes and special effects to finish your story.  This application does require the user to sign up for an account (and does require an e-mail address), but a teacher could easily create an account for students to use.  Once an animated story is complete, it can be shared via social networking sites, embedded in a website, or shared with a URL that is provided.

The Water Cycle

Your students will learn all about the water cycle with this interactive from South East Water in Australia.  This interactive provides information and encourages users to learn by doing.  Students can touch the Smartboard to cause evaporation, to move the clouds, and to make it rain.  The site also offers a printable Water Cycle Fact sheet that has a colorful graphic, facts, and definitions to teach about the water cycle.
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