This is a fun and engaging game for introducing cardinal directions. The game gives specific locations and asks students to indicate its cardinal direction from the barn. It would be a great precursor for having students create their own maps, labeling items with north, south, east, and west directions.
Teachers First shared this game in their Featured Sites. At first look, it might be questioned why students could benefit from playing this game. Upon trying it out, it becomes obvious that there are problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills involved if a student is to be successful in this game. The description from Teachers First was:
“Become a member of Traffic Team Alpha. Join the mission to get cars through intersections as quickly as possible by controlling traffic lights. As you complete each mission, move up to more congested intersections and improve your problem-solving skills. Read and follow the directions for priorities with each level.”
Recently in a post by Free Technology for Teachers, Richard Byrne wrote about a game called Bumper Ducks. It really causes students to think ahead and do some problem-solving as well as exposing them to some Science concepts. The Smithsonian site offers several educational games. Give Bumper Ducks a try by clicking on the image below.
With the beginning of school, comes the exposure of students to new vocabulary. The game, Word Frog, gives students a glimpse at some of the skills which they will apply during the intermediate grades.
Recently posted on TeachersFirst:
“Practice antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms with the word eating frog. Simply click to match the correct answer. Practice your speed and accuracy. Your final score will be shared at the end. This site is ideal for beginner readers, but you must be able to read basic sight words. Students learning what antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms mean will also find valuable practice at this site.”
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If you have students who are having a difficult time memorizing multiplication facts, then this site may be just what you and your students are needing. Multiplication.com is a site where students (and parents) can choose a specific fact that is proving difficult and listen to an audio and video story that will bring meaning to the math fact. Students can also take pre-test on facts, view tips and tricks for remembering facts, play games, and much more. Also, students can use this site to practice addition and subtraction skills. This site would made a GREAT Center during small group time.
The free app called Math Slicer gives students practice with math facts in any of the four operations. The concept is much like Fruit Ninja where the student uses a finger or stylus to “slice” through fruit earning points along the way. The only difference is that in this game, the student is slicing through the correct answer to the math equation. It is loads of fun and much more engaging than a worksheet or flashcards.
Note: There is also a paid version ($.99), but the link above will take you to the free option.
Using the WeaveSilk site, teachers and students can create designs with a designated number of lines of symmetry in student-chosen colors, or choose no lines of symmetry at all. Customize with optional music. Save and embed on student blogs, or create an online quiz or booklet for your math center. Let your imagination go wild just like your WeaveSilk creation.