Online games can be a great tool for reinforcing skills and giving struggling students extra practice without losing their attention. Instead of bored students writing math facts and spelling words over and over, you’ll have engaged, motivated students playing games while they practice those skills.
Arcademic Skill Builders are online educational games that offer a powerful approach to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills. The games are a result of blending video game features into instructional research in order to achieve a high rate of student learning through increased time-on-task and engagement.
ABCya.com provides educational games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills.
Engage and motivate students with the hundreds of educational games, activities, quizzes articles and more at Sheppard Software. These educational games provide fun and focused repetition practice that enables automaticity and fluency to be achieved more quickly.
How Can I Use These Sites with My Students
Like any educational resource, these sites are not appropriate for all lessons or all students. You must pick and choose what fits your curriculum and which games provide the type of practice your students need. Instead of sending students to the homepage of one of these sites, send them to a specific game or activity that you want them to use.
- Create a shortcut on your desktop – Right click on any blank area on the page and choose Create Shortcut. This will place an icon on your desktop that students can double-click to go directly to that page.
- Place a link in your Moodle course – If you use Moodle with your students you can copy the address of the activity you selected and add it as a link inside your Moodle course. And you can use the new conditional rules in Moodle 2 to control which students have access and when they use them.
- Place a link on your teacher website – Your School Insites web page has a section for posting links that you want students to use.