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Kids in preschool through Grade 8 will love Funbrain, a site that makes developing math, reading and literacy skills fun. Check out games like Math Baseball and Grammar Gorillas.

Kids can even read books on the go. This site offers hour television programming for little ones—because who hasn't been up at 3 a. In addition to always accessible educational shows, kids can play games, listen to songs and more.

There's a monthly subscription fee that depends upon which platform your child will be viewing on—Kindle, iPad, etc. Agnitus is all about the tangible learning experience.

In a world where kids are told not to touch things, the Agnitus app says, "Yes! A free trial is available online. Are you sick of reading the same ol' boring stories to your kids? Then check out FarFaria, an app that offers unlimited storybooks for bedtime or any time.

You can buy a monthly or yearly subscription to the site and then read to your child's heart's content. BrainPOP's animation brings learning concepts to life for individuals or entire classrooms. Kids learn about historical events, science and even the stock market, all with the help of a plucky robot and his friends.

Learning takes place in the kitchen , too, according to Spatulatta. Kids can learn cooking basics and try out new recipes built around the type of meal and favorite ingredients. What better way is there to transform your picky eater into a budding chef? Skip to main content. Most Popular , Technology. Facebook Pinterest Twitter Comments. Children's Literature Instant access to materials geared toward helping children experience the enjoyment of reading, including online books, author interviews, book reviews, lesson plans, and more.

College Prep Tools for comparing colleges and for choosing the right college, plus tips for applying for financial aid and scholarships, safety suggestions, college prep resources, entrance exam study guides, and much more.

Colors Whether your early childhood students know their colors or are still learning them, these age-appropriate activities will reinforce emerging literacy skills while providing practice in computer mouse use.

Community Helpers Check out these Web sites for preK and primary games, information, and printable worksheets about such community helpers as police officers, postal employees, doctors, shopkeepers, and many others. Check out these sites to discover and compare information about the countries of the world.

Current Events Written in an appealing and age-appropriate format, these sites keep students informed about what's happening in the world, while providing teachers with instructional materials that link news to the curriculum. Here you'll find links to a handful of interesting D-Day Web sites. December Holidays Don't let the December holidays disrupt the learning in your classroom.

These online resources help incorporate the holidays into real learning activities -- and provide a little fun as well. These sites help make students aware of the risks of neglecting the environment and of their responsibility for maintaining it.

Economics Economics sites help students learn to be smarter consumers, savers, and investors. The sites include interactive activities, lesson plans, games, curriculum materials, articles, and more.

Explorers What kinds of people chose a life of exploration, challenge and discovery? Learn the answer to that question as you read about the adventures of explorers from Christopher Columbus to Neil Armstrong. Eyes How do humans see? Vision and eye anatomy can be hard for students of all ages to understand.

Join us as we look for the Web's best resources on sight, including sites for elementary, middle- and high-school students. Many sites have an educational focus, giving parents an opportunity to get involved in their child's learning as well. Finance The average high-school graduate lacks basic skills in the management of personal financial affairs. These sites will help students with such finance basics such checking accounts, taxes, saving, budgeting, more.

Fine Arts Fine Arts sites offer resources and information about everything from sculpture, music, drawing, crafts, graphic design, digital art, and the performing arts, to creative ways of turning recycled items into fine art. Folktales Among these comprehensive online resources for K folktale activities, you'll find online books, writing prompts, interviews with storytellers, international folktale exchanges, ideas for units and lesson plans, and more.

Free Photos on the Web Looking for copyright-friendly images in your presentations and in your students' work? Want hard-to-find historical images or photos from a country halfway across the world? Check out these sites. Grammar Are you looking for ways to spice up your next grammar review?

Check out this baker's dozen of Web sites with hundreds of interactive quizzes, PowerPoint lectures, fun games, and more! The Heart What better time than St. Valentine's Day to teach students how the human heart works? Whether they're preschoolers or high-schoolers, you're sure to find a site here that will unlock the mysteries of the heart. Health General Health sites provide students and adults with information and activities designed to help them stay healthy, as well as with tips and strategies for understanding and coping with illness.

Heroes Have your students heard the legends of Beowulf or William Tell? Read of the adventures of Christopher Columbus? Visit these sites to explore heroes of history -- and of today. Hiroshima and Nagasaki Were the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki necessary acts of war or blatant atrocities?

Explore some of the best sites for learning and teaching about those historic events. History A wealth of resources -- including graphics, timelines, maps, primary documents, video, audio clips, lesson plans, and interactive activities -- for everyone from historical researchers to schoolchildren. Hoax Sites Today's browsers can choose from millions of sites created by experts, pseudo-experts, enthusiasts, fanatics, and the just plain ignorant.

With so many resources, how can you tell what's real and what's not? Holiday Web Sites Resources to help you get in the spirit of the season and teach your students more about Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Chanukah. Homework Help Do your students often need help completing homework assignments, but don't know where to look or how to narrow down the available resources?

Homework Help sites can make the task more manageable. Interactive Web Sites Interactive Web sites give students and teachers an alternative to paper and pencil tasks. These sites -- including games, stories, simulations, and virtual labs -- are available for most ages in most major subjects. Discover how this popular new technology is being used for teaching and learning. Lewis and Clark This collection of sites includes online activities, lesson plans, curriculum resources, primary documents, maps, and more designed to help students disover and explore information about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Life Science Fifteen sites containing information about organisms and life processes, as well as such resources as interactive activities, teacher guides, videos, animations, virtual labs, and hands-on activities for the classroom. Life Skills Life skills Web sites include resources on increasing self-esteem, effective communication, responsible citizenship, decision-making, problem solving and peer pressure.

Literature A variety of online reading material from classic novels to short stories, from poems to picture books, as well as book reviews, discussion guides, book talks, and resources about authors and illustrators. Lunar Eclipse Don't be caught napping during this month's lunar eclipse! Education World editors have searched the Web to find these astronomically great sites that will help you prepare your students for the upcoming event.

Math Across the Curriculum Dozens of math-related sites that will add to your lessons and multiply your effectiveness, including sites for teachers of K-3, , and Math Competitions A little competition can inspire math students to greater achievement.

These sites include more than a dozen math competitions or contests, one of which might be the one to motivate your K students. Math Homework Help If your students bring in math homework riddled with errors and misconceptions, consider encouraging them to check out one of these sites, offering formulas, tutorials, practice problems, and expert advice. Math Sites for Kids Do your students complain that math is "boring" or "too hard?

Are you looking for different ways to teach basic math concepts? Check out these sites for preK-2 students -- and their teachers. Methods and Strategies Sites on methods and strategies provide educators with ideas and resources to sharpen their teaching skills and add oomph to their lessons. Two-dozen great sites for updating your methods and strategies. Middle Ages Are you planning a Medieval Fair -- or just covering a unit about the Middle Ages in your history text book?

Add fun and learning to your lessons with these resources for teaching about the Middle Ages. Middle-School Math Studies show that many students become turned off by math when they reach middle school.

It is particularly important that teachers at this level engage students in math instruction and involve them in their own learning. Music Nearly three dozen music sites offer kids information about composers, conductors, and musical instruments, while providing them with opportunities to see, hear, play, and compose their own music.

Native Americans When Pilgrims arrived in the New World, Native American groups were spread across the continent, each with their own name, language, beliefs, and way of life.

Explore the varied American Indian histories and cultures. New Teachers These Web sites provide all the tips and tools you need to find classroom lessons, explore better ways of integrating technology, keep current on education issues, and exchange problems and solutions with colleagues. NYC Subway Centennial These Web sites, containing interactive activities, lessons plans, historical information, photographs, and more, will help students discover what a difference a train makes.

Nutrition Every day, it seems, scientists discover new information about how food affects the human body. Help keep kids up-to-date on nutritional information with visits to some of the best nutrition sites on the Web.

Online Collaborative Projects Online collaborative projects offer teachers and students the opportunity to work with their peers around the world. These resources cover the "how-tos" of project participation and showcase some of the best projects. Online Games Who says education can't be fun? Education World reviews some great K games, suggest a first stop for educational games arranged by grade level, and half a dozen sites for more specialized uses.

Online Reference Materials Web sites that contain online reference materials help organize the wealth of information available on the Internet; creating searchable databases that make finding what you're looking for a simple task.

Online Resources This list includes ten sites that contain unique resources we think many educators would like to know about; online resources guaranteed to save you time and effort as you integrate technology into the curriculum.

Online Tests For testing on facts and figures, online quiz sites are a great alternative to pen and paper tests. Whether you use them for review, refreshing, or actual assessment, these tools are free and easy-to-use. Check them out yourself. Online Tools Get more out of each day by taking advantage of the variety of teaching tools available on the Web.

Find help with administrative tasks, lesson planning, curriculum materials, parent communication, and more. Online Treasures Web-based resources don't always get the attention they deserve. These sites represent a dozen of the most valuable -- or most interesting -- online treasures we've unearthed in the past few months.

Parent Conferences These ten sites, filled with advice, tips, and practical resources, can help ensure that your parent-teacher conferences are a pleasant and positive collaborative experience for all. Parent Involvement The sites highlighted here offer articles, information, research, action initiatives, and more for parents and teachers, as well as ideas about how educators can increase parent involvement in schools.

Photo Editing Software Now that you've got a digital camera, what's next? Check out these free tools for editing and organizing photos, including links to photo editing, organizing, and publishing tools for PC, Mac, and Linux users.

Podcasting Knowing just what you need to podcast and how to create a podcast can be challenging. So, we compiled some of the Web's greatest resources to help get you started. Poetry In addition to the simple sensory pleasure of listening to the rhythm, poetry sparks students' imagination and appeals to their emotions. Help students discover the magic of poetry with these online resources. PowerPointers Does style seem to have replaced content in your students' PowerPoint presentations?

Check out these Web sites filled with tip, tricks, and warnings about the use and abuse of PowerPoint in the classroom. Presidential Election These non-partisan, age-appropriate sites -- including games, interactive tools, and a chance for students to participate by recording their votes -- will help motivate students to get involved in the democratic process.

Reading Reading sites offer such resources as book reviews, author information, online books, and strategies for teachers that can both supplement the reading curriculum and help parents help their children at home.

Real World Math This short list of math sites offers access to an extensive array of standards-based curriculum materials, lesson plans, worksheets, and interactive activities for supplementing the curriculum or the fun. Safety These sites provide safety information and activities for kids, parents, and teachers on topics ranging from online safety to natural disasters and accidental injury. Science The Web offers thousands of science sites on every imaginable scientific subject.

Whether you're a science teacher or a science enthusiast, you'll want to check out these online science treasures. Shakespeare If you're looking for ways to incorporate classical drama into your spring classroom and remember "the Bard" on his birthday, these sites are among the best on for integrating Shakespeare into the curriculum.

Social Bookmarking Social bookmarking is the use of keywords to organize and share favorite Web sites. Education World has selected the best social bookmarking sites, as well as resources that provide tips on its use, so take a look! Software These sites offer articles, downloads, publishers' specials, and product news, reviews, and ratings to help make easier the job of selecting just the right software.

Solar Eclipse A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is between Earth and the sun, hiding part or all of the sun's light from viewers on Earth. Use these resources to help students understand that astronomical event.

Space Science Space Science sites offer lesson plans, interactive activities, the latest news on space exploration and research, updates on current missions, and spectacular photos and videos for teaching and learning about space. Special Education Whether you teach in a special-education program or a "regular" classroom, these sites provide information about specific disabilities and activities for classroom use.

Sports and Fitness These resources, appropriate for physical education teachers, students, and health-conscious adults, offer lesson plans, fitness information, tips about playing sports safely, and answers to questions about health. Support Staff Information and resources for skill development, as well as links to professional publications and organizations, for paraprofessionals, school nurses, bus drivers, custodians, food service workers, and more.

Teacher Sites General teacher sites offer educators everything from lesson plans and curricular materials to professional development opportunities to help with specific classroom needs. A dozen sites chock full of resources. Technology Integration Discover more than a dozen Web sites that offer educators knowledgeable and useful ideas, suggestions, lesson plans, activities, and resources for successfully integrating technology into the curriculum.

Thanksgiving Whether you're looking for Thanksgiving games, crafts, coloring pages, recipes, or even creative lesson plan ideas, one of these sites is sure to have what you need. Tsunamis The tsunami in Southeast Asia renewed interest in that relatively rare natural disaster.

Learn the science behind tsunamis at these sites for middle- and high-school students. The Underground Railroad The Underground Railroad was a secret network that helped slaves in the United States escape to free states and Canada during the 19th century. Use these sites to explore the "railroad" with your students.

Virtual Museums Who says your class can't go to the museum this year? Many "bricks and mortar" museums now offer virtual alternatives, with activities designed just for kids. Not-to-be-missed virtual field trips! WebCams Find out how to locate Webcams in almost any country in the world, learn how to use Webcams in your classroom, and discover tips and cautions for teaching and learning with this technology.

WebQuests The inquiry-based WebQuest format encourages students to utilize higher level thinking skills as they complete assignments using information gleaned from the Web. Ckeck out some of the best. Wikis A wiki is a collaborative software program that allows users to add or edit content on a Web page. Learn more about this mysteriously named tool and how to use it appropriately in your class. Women's Suffrage What happened between the Seneca Falls Convention and the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in ?

Find out at this collection of sites. World History These sites offer a wealth of resources for teaching and learning about world history, including primary documents, lesson plans, multimedia exhibits, Webcasts, teaching strategies, and more.

World Wars These sites -- among the best on the Web for teaching about World Wars I and II -- include photographs, maps, video, timelines, articles, primary sources, virtual reality activities, and more. Writing Resources and information for students and teachers on teaching and learning the writing process.

Users will find examples of good writing, and information on writing poetry, research papers, and essays. Writing Tools Online Watch student writing come alive with free online writing tools for students in grades or K teachers. Publish student writing online, participate in collaborative writing, or develop interactive fiction.

Zoology A dozen zoology resources, including photographs, video clips, multimedia activities, essays, lesson plans, games, quizzes, and puzzles, will enhance your students' study of animals. Zoos While it's great to go to a real zoo, for many classes that may not be feasible. Check out this list and discover the cool tools on the Web for teaching and learning about zoos. More than 1, FREE lessons. PD content to get you through the day.

Download without a subscription. Receive timely lesson ideas and PD tips. Receive timely lesson ideas and PD tips Thank you for subscribing to the Educationworld. Classroom Problem Solver Dr. Geography These sites offer a world of geographical resources and information for the classroom, including fact sheets, maps, lesson plans, interactive games and activities, quizzes, and a variety of visual and audio resources.

Presidents Whether you're interested in learning more about the office of the presidency or the life of a specific president, these sites offer a variety of resources about the men who have held the highest office in the land. Trending Icebreakers Volume 5: It's time to make a fresh start. You've done some summer reading on classroom management, and you're eager to try out some new ideas. You've learned from past mistakes, and you look forward this year to avoiding those mistakes.

Most fun of all, the opening days of school are an opportunity to get to know a whole new group of kids! What will you do during those first few days of school? What activities might you do to help you get to know your new students? What activities will help students get to know you and one another? For the last three years, Education World has presented a new group of getting-to-know-you ideas -- or icebreakers -- for those first days of school.

Here are 19 ideas -- ideas tried and tested by Education World readers -- to help develop classroom camaraderie during the opening days of school. Opening-Day Letter Still looking for more ideas? Don't forget our archive of more than icebreaker activities. Write a letter to your students. In that letter, introduce yourself to students. Tell them about your hopes for the new school year and some of the fun things you'll be doing in class.

In addition, tell students a few personal things about yourself; for example, your likes and dislikes, what you did over the summer, and your hobbies. Ask questions throughout the letter. You might ask what students like most about school, what they did during the summer, what their goals for the new school year are, or what they are really good at.

In your letter, be sure to model the correct parts of a friendly letter! On the first day of school, display your letter on an overhead projector.

Then pass each student a sheet of nice stationery. Have the students write return letters to you. In this letter, they will need to answer some of your questions and tell you about themselves. This is a great way to get to know each other in a personal way! Mail the letter to students before school starts, and enclose a sheet of stationery for kids to write you back. Each piece should have a matching piece of the same length. There should be enough pieces so that each student will have one.

Then give each student one piece of string, and challenge each student to find the other student who has a string of the same length. After students find their matches, they can take turns introducing themselves to one another. You can provide a list of questions to help students "break the ice," or students can come up with their own.

You might extend the activity by having each student introduce his or her partner to the class. Give each student a slip of paper with the name of an animal on it. Then give students instructions for the activity: They must locate the other members of their animal group by imitating that animal's sound only. No talking is allowed.

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