With the Hour of Code coming up (December 9-15), here is a great infographic from Kodable explaining why coding is such a useful skill for kids (and adults) to learn.
Here’s a great site shared with me by a third grade teacher. She says that, “It’s a fun way to start the day off on a note of fun and positivity. Sometimes we share jokes and sometimes fun clips from the internet. This is an AWESOME site that you might want to check out.”
The Kid Should See This is a site video site that is created, watched & collected by Rion Nakaya with her 2 & 5 year olds. It contains an awesome collection of science, nature, music, art, technology, storytelling and other assorted good stuff the kids of all ages will enjoy.
Follow @thekidshouldsee on Twitter
Monkey Math (Great for IWBs)
Tutorials, games and learning activities to help with fractions.
Not an exciting site, aesthetically speaking, but with links to 90 different fraction games and activities, this is a great resource!
Learn fractions by taking penalty kicks. Old-school graphics, but there are 4 different levels to keep it interesting.
Interesting choice of characters for these games, but if you’re into helping Grampy and Grammy using fractions, these games are for you. Check out the more recent platform scales.
Lots of fun, free games here to help students learn about all types of fractions.
Videos and lesson plans for students and teachers to help get a better understanding of difficult concepts.
Race a car around a track by solving fraction problems in Action Fraction.
Fun game for learning about equivalent fractions.
More equivalent fraction practice.
Great matching game for IWBs or individual practice.
I’ve written about bullying before, but this is obviously something that does not go away easily, and when I came across this eye-opening infographic from USC’s Master of Arts in Teaching, I felt compelled to share.
In an effort to support this year’s Bullying Awareness Week theme, the infographic below, “School Bullying Outbreak” shares facts about the methods, consequences and preventative measures related to bullies and bullied victims in schools.
Some stats that really caught my eye were:
- Children who bully by age 8 are 4 times as likely to have a criminal record by age 30.
- 81% of bullying acts aren’t reported to adults.
- 1 out of 4 kids are bullied every month in the US.
All in all, the numbers are shocking and the acts are unacceptable.
Things to remind students to do when they are around bullies…
- Speak up against bullying. Say something like, “stop it.”
- Walk away. Act like you do not care, even if you really do.
- Tell an adult you trust. They may have ideas about what you can do.
- Stick together. Staying with a group might help.
Things to remember…
- You are not alone.
- It is not your fault. Nobody should be bullied!
- Talk to someone you trust.
- Do not hurt yourself.
- Do not bully back. Do not bully anyone else.
- Do not let the bully win. Keep doing what you love to do.
Suggestions from stopbullying.gov
FunSchool has several games and activities geared towards Thanksgiving. Turkey Filbriks is a ton of fun and tests your speed and memory. Thanksgiving Feast is an arcade-style game that teaches kids about nutrition. There’s a Thanksgiving Quiz to test your knowledge of the history of Thanksgiving, jokes, crafts, word plays, and more!
Primary Games has a great Thanksgiving section that’ll make kids thankful they dropped by. Word searches,puzzles, a cornucopia coloring book, Thanksgiving sudoku, and much more, will keep little pilgrims engaged and learning until the turkey is out of the oven.
The Kidz Page has more than 50 puzzles, printables, word searches, and other activities that will have kids gobbling up facts and knowledge like they’re going out of style.
Fish Smarty is a slick new site for kids to play educational games, make comics, and create drawings. Within the game section are activities like Division by 9-12, Vocabulary and Sentence Sequencing, Multiplication Facts, and more. There’s also a section of outdoor activities, which are great to get kids moving. Along with a useful parent section, there is also a Google for Kids safe search engine within the site.
Good to Know is a site from Google that teaches you a plethora of information about being safe online with such topics as: passwords, phishing, mobile security, shopping safety, malware, and more. There are also sections to learn more about your data on the web, your data on Google, and how to manage your online data.
Kideos is a great site for kids to safely watch videos online. Each video on Kideos has been screened by their “Video Advisory Council” before it makes it onto the site. The Kideos goal is to empower parents to feel comfortable allowing their child to spend time on Kideos, while also making sure children have a thoroughly entertaining experience.
The site is indexed by age groups which makes it easy for kids to search for videos. A good portion of the videos on Kideos are YouTube-based, so if your district has a blocking policy, you’ll need to look elsewhere (or use 3outube to download any YouTube video).
Uses in the Classroom
Depending on how you want to use Kideos in your classroom, be advised that a lot of the videos on the site are for general entertainment, and are not necessarily academic. However, there are some great channels within Kideos like Educational Videos, National Geographic, Space, Ocean, and more that would be perfect to send your students off to view and learn.