Fun Stuff for Elementary Students

- 18 Jan 2010

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From the OSR Blog

The Internet offers a whole new world in teaching. There are hundreds of websites geared toward learning the basics such as math, history, language arts and many others. There are also exciting and intriguing ways to learn through Webquests or virtual field trips — take your students on a Webquest to Egypt or a virtual field trip to the land of the dinosaurs. Games teach shapes, spelling and the alphabet. Money matters are learned through group or individual lesson plans. Add the Internet as one of your teaching tools, and you’ll be amazed at how excited your students will be about learning.


  • Concentration: Circles, triangles, rectangles and squares—lots to learn about shapes. If kids master concentration, they’ll be able to identify and match them.
  • Games for Learning: Oochy’s cube Adventure, Fun with Shapes and Oochina’s Doughnut Dilemma help students learn about shapes and how they fit into other shapes.
  • Grades 3-4 Geometry Games: Students can head out on a quadrilateral quest or work on a pentominoes puzzle.
  • Geometry in the New World: On a trip to find out what the New World was like, students learn about geometric shapes. After learning what 17th century homes looked like, they return to design a home of their own.
  • Learning is Fun: Shapes and more make learning fun. Squares fit into Squarebot and circles find their place in Circle Bear.
  • Matching Shapes with Krog: Early learners play the shape matching game. The game also exercises dexterity and coordination.
  • No Matter What Shape Your Fractions are In: Using shapes to learn fractions. It’s made easy by learning the basics first.
  • Pattern Blocks: Learning about fractions with shapes by combining and rotating them.
  • Polygon Matching Game: This matching game gives young brains a workout. Students race against the clock to learn about shapes from squares to parallelograms.
  • Shapes Cluster for K-2: Shapes, shapes and more shapes mean more learning.

Spelling & Alphabet

  • Fun with Letters: Students will learn all about individual letters, even serifs and letter personalities.
  • Spelling Game: Spin to spell words by picking from categories like what we wear & what we eat.
  • Spelling for Kids: There are lots of misspelled words around. Students drag letters around to find the correct spelling.
  • Spanish Alphabet: Students can learn the Spanish alphabet and how to pronounce letters and in words containing the letters.
  • Learn ABCs: Apples and ants compete with zebras and zoos for early learners’ attention to letters of the alphabet.
  • What is it? Spelling Game: Everything has a name, so learn to spell those names. Identifying things around them helps kids understand science.
  • Spelling Activities for Kids: Practice! Practice! Practice! It’s all about spelling with Jumbled Word, Spelling Plus and more.
  • Paw Park: Alphabet Bears teaches students how to alphabetize. They can send bears on a ride in the park by putting them in alphabetical order.
  • Back to School Alphabet: A game to identify letters, both upper and lower case. Students are asked verbally to select a certain letter from four possibilities.
  • The A to Z Highway Game: Students identify trucks and drag them to the right letters scattered around the city.

Reading, Writing & Grammar

  • The Biography Maker: Students learn to write a biography. With four steps to completing a word picture of a person and six traits of effective writing they can complete the task.
  • Reading Games: Made for kids learning about words and reading. With names like Hopposites, Chicken Stacker, Beeswax, and It’s a Big World, who can resist these reading games?
  • Fact or Fiction: What’s the history in historical fiction? This analysis of historical fiction literature by Elizabeth George Speare helps to answer that question.
  • The Rosetta Project: Love illustrated online books? Love antique books? This site combines the two. Antique books for all ages to browse online or download.
  • About Edgar A. Poe: Students get to know the Edgar Allen Poe as person and writer. Images, sounds, words and video bring this American writer to life.
  • Wacky Web Tales: Young writers fill in words based on parts of speech or special instructions, then view the wacky tale they’ve created. Aspiring writers can have fun while they learn with these stories.
  • Learning to Read: Children find out that reading is fun.
  • Kids Web: Join Alizandro the Lizard in his library and reading adventures. Lots of learning games and activities in the library.
  • Words and Pictures: Early readers learn consonant clusters, long vowels and more.
  • Poetry Splatter: Choose words to splatter the screen and make personalized poems.

Math & Money

  • Poptropica: Learning math here is fun, with math baseball, Bumble Numbers, Moon Rocks and more. The Math Arcade and Math Car Racing offer interesting possibilities for numbers.
  • H.I.P. pocket change: It’s all about money here. Students will learn all about the U.S. Mint. Try the Quarter Explorer to teach your students all about state quarters.
  • Welcome to Fedville: Learning can be found all around Fedville. This town is a place to learn all about money.
  • Piggy Bank: Kids have to be quick to fill this piggy bank with just the right combination of coins.
  • Fraction Games: Grampy and Grammy help students learn about fractions. It’s fun to learn how we use fractions all the time.
  • Ed’s Bank: Kids can play this game to learn about saving and spending. Ed needs help saving money so he can make a trip to the store.
  • Hands on Banking for Kids: Students find out about money—budgeting, earning and saving. In-depth lessons with lots of information, but presented in a kid-friendly way that makes learning fun.
  • Mr. Martini’s Classroom: Online flashcards provide a fun interactive approach to learning math.
  • Count Us In: Kids learn basic concepts in math with 15 games. Lots of fun and learning can be found here.
  • Math Cats: Learn everything about numbers from Math Cats is great fun. Learning activities include Long Line o’ Math Cats, Scaredy Cats, 3D Tic Tac Toe, Old Egyptian Math Cats Fraction and many, many more.

The United States

  • On the Trail of Captain John Smith: Younger students should enjoy this interactive history adventure. Should he build a fort or not? Kids can make decisions like this one and see the results of their choices.
  • Monticello Explorer: Students will take a tour of Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia. The house, plantation and life at Monticello can all be explored.
  • The Lincoln Memorial: Visitors make an interactive journey through panoramas of the Lincoln Memorial. By clicking on the Reflections button, they can also listen to six national park rangers tell about the Memorial.
  • The Alamo: Kids can learn about one of the most well-known historical sites in the U.S. Then they’ll want to make a stop at Just for Kids to play a few games related to this landmark.
  • U.S. Constitution: This Webquest takes students on an adventure to learn about the Constitution of the United States. It’s a journey from the National Constitution Center to the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives and beyond.
  • Statue of Liberty: Virtual visitors can take a tour of this American icon. With pictures, text and rangers to tell about their jobs taking care of Lady Liberty, this is an interesting historical tour.
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Kids can tour the town and learn about the people who lived there. Lots of in-depth information here, so they’ll need to dig deep to find all the details.
  • Mount Vernon 3-D Tour: Visitors can take a tour of the home of George Washington, the first president of the United States.
  • America on the Move: It’s fun to drive through time, find out where everyone’s going or figure out which vehicle to use in your new movie.
  • All About Inventing: What makes an inventor? Kids can learn about the history of invention through inventors’ stories, then practice the thinking and doing skills of great inventors.


  • The Wild Experience: Virtual travelers can join in field trips around the world. From the Elephants of Cameroon, peregrine falcons in the U.S. Midwest or Atlantic sea turtles, trips to see these animals and more are just a click away.
  • Earth Science for Kids Only: Consider earth as art. Learn about Droplet and the water cycle. Follow Amelia the Pigeon and Echo the bat and learn about satellite images. These are just some of the things kids can do here.
  • Hubble Space Telescope: Students can study cool pictures taken by the telescope or watch a comic collision. Way Out, a cosmic trivia game, tests space smarts.
  • Amusement Park Physics: Kids get to explore the physics behind the rides at an amusement park. They can even design their own roller coaster.
  • Ridley Sea Turtle: Students go on a Webquest and to find out about endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles. Afterwards they are asked to design a plan to alert the world about their plight.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Here kids will find Virtual Tours of the museum. They can choose from a self-guided walking tour of the entire museum or panoramas of individual rooms.
  • The Paleontology Portal: Students will find lots of paleo resources to explore. Time and Space presents links that lead to information about North American paleo places.
  • New Mexico Paleontology: Cyber fossil hunters can take a look at New Mexico’s prehistoric past. TimeTracks offers lots of online tours like the Dawn of the Dinosaurs and the Age of Giants.
  • Dinosaurs: For aspiring dinosaur and fossil hunters, this is the place to go. Dinosaurs Under Construction is an interactive game that allows kids to choose body parts to build their own dinosaur. Students can learn or show what they know.
  • Cool Science for Curious Kids: Biology can be cool. Kids build a salad with plant parts, meet some dust and find out why butterflies don’t look like caterpillars and much more.
  • Science for Kids: Facts, games, experiments, videos, and images are all available to help students learn all about science and technology.

Art & Music

  • Learn about Art: Students will find lots of interesting games to play here. From exploring landscapes and portraits to investigating Leonardo’s workshop, there’s something fun to do for everyone. 
  • American Masters Music: Inquiring minds can choose biographies, interviews and more about the musicians who have contributed to the growth of America’s music. Lots of interesting materials are available here.
  • Creative Kids Central: Budding musicians will find interactive fun all around them when they visit this incredible place. Maybe a Hansel & Gretel interactive opera sounds interesting. How about a symphonic Scheherazade? So much to listen to and so much to do.
  • Children’s Music Web: Kids can listen to stories and music on Kids’ Public Radio. Parents and teachers can explore their own resource pages.
  • Discover Artists and their Work: Students will find all the information they need to write a research paper about their favorite artist. From photos of paintings to art styles and movements, and even artists’ signatures, it’s all here.
  • The Art Zone: An amazing place to discovery art. Creativity reigns here. When a project is finished it can be downloaded and saved. The NGA Kids Inside Scoop makes available colorful brochures to download and learn about and see the works of artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Georgia O’Keefe.
  • Cartoon Master: This is the place to learn how to make animations. Kids can become cartoon masters.
  • Meet Me at Midnight: Here students find mystery in a mixed-up museum. They’ll need to follow the clues and see what’s up. It’s all about art.
  • Cool Kids Play Music: Visitors to the orchestra can expect to see and hear a lot. Take a seat with the orchestra, learn about the instruments and make music.
  • Activity TV: This is the place to be for all sorts of activities and learning possibilities.


  • Explore the States: A clickable map to explore each state in the U.S. From nicknames to size, students learn all sorts of interesting facts and fun things about the United States.
  • Visit the National Parks: Students take virtual field trips to national parks across America. From Grand Canyon to Pu`uhonua o Hönaunau in Hawaii, it’s fun to learn about the diversity of the U.S.
  • Kids Page: CIA kid’s page has super games. Students can learn about the CIA Seal K-9 Corps and the department’s history.
  • Reading a Map: Kids learn about maps by looking at different views of a national park. Plus, there are lots of other activities to be explored here.
  • FactFinder Kid’s Corner: Quizzes test knowledge about the country and exploring state facts is great fun.
  • Where in the World: Travelers become an expert on a particular place of interest by going on this geography webquest. Students pick a destination, any place to explore and set out on a virtual journey.
  • Geography for Kids: Physical geography is on the agenda. Students learn how it’s different from other kinds of geography. Junior geographers can explore in-depth information with quizzes to test their knowledge.
  • Geography Games: Students can go for a round of Quiz Your Noodle or give Brainteaser Grand Canyon a try, all the time learning geography. Lots of great videos are just waiting to be explored.
  • Games and Puzzles of Geography: Students can test their knowledge about the U.S., Africa, Australia, Canada, Central and South America. Games are easy to use interactive place identification quizzes.
  • Cyber School Bus: With activities like Pook in the World (aspiring super hero) for young students to Country at a Glance kids can have fun and learn about the world.


  • All About Milk: How much milk does a cow produce in a day? Does pasteurized refer to milk that started out in a pasture? Students can choose MooMilk Quiz from the fun menu on bottom right side of page and find out.
  • Kid’s Nutrition Games: Young cooks can learn about nutrition with MYPyramid Match game. Making a pizza and healthy breakfasts are on the game menu.
  • MyPyramid Blast Off Game: Cool game to learn about the kind and amount of food that kids need in one day.
  • The Diner: Sat and Trans introduce themselves and do a show and tell about all the foods they’re in. It’s a good idea to meet the Bad Fats Brothers to learn just what they’re up to.
  • Fruit & Veggie Color Champions: Good eating games and activities teach good nutrition. Lots of fun and learning found here including games, activities, artwork and recipes.
  • Journey into Nutrition: Super visually appealing games to have fun learning about nutrition. Little D, Arianna and Chef Combo lead expeditions deep into the world of food.
  • Pears & Kids: Make a pear face. Kiss a bunny. Catch the pears. These are some of the fun activities on the pear-perfect site.
  • Crispy’s Apple Stand: Everything about apples, from recipes to fun facts. Stop by the apple stand and play some games.
  • The Game Closet: Mission Nutrition game helps students learn how to make wise food choices.
  • Cool Food for Kidz: Finding out about food and nutrition is fun. Students learn all sorts of nutrition information, including food labels, safe food and eating, and have fun doing it.

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