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Online Learning (Gr. 3-5)

Browse this list and click to access links to websites, apps and more that offer online learning, activities and games appropriate for older elementary school aged children.

Apps and Learning Videos

Brain POP Site offers educational videos and games (require Adobe Flash).

Dreambox – an excellent online resource focused on Math curriculum, currently offering free 90 day trials.  Recommend watching 15-20 minutes a day.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – watch author and illustrator Mo Willems draw and learn his techniques. Download the activity page and join in on the fun here.

Mystery Science – 15-90 min lessons expertly designed to engage students, achieve learning outcomes, and be easy for teachers to use.


Wow in the World! This series, hosted by NPR veterans Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, covers a  range of science and technology topics.

Brains On! Minnesota Public Radio science podcast with episodes that feature real kids asking questions and experts offering answers. Great fun!

Forever Ago Again from the folks at American Public Media, this podcast is a family-friendly dive into history, exploring the origin of just one thing, from video games to sandwiches.

Smash Boom Best This debate podcast is for kids and grown-ups alike! Ever asked yourself which is better, cats or dogs? Tacos or burritos? Then this podcast is for you and your kids!

Online Educational Games – This game site offers teacher-created and approved educational computer games for elementary students to learn math and language arts on the web.

Sheppard Software – hundreds of free, online, educational games for kids organized by category and subject area.

Mr. Nussbaum – Created by a Virginia public school teacher, Mr. Nussbaum boasts over 3,500 content pages with a wide variety of learning games organized by content type and grade level. This site is also optimized for use on a tablet and an interactive whiteboard.

National Geographic Kids – Browse 100+ fun, engaging, and interactive science, action, adventure, geography, quiz, and puzzle games.

Poptropica – From author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Poptropica® is a virtual world in which kids explore and play in complete safety.

Primary Games – With games and activities geared to math, science, language arts, and social studies, the site also includes curriculum guides for teachers to use in conjunction with the games.

Arcademic Skill Builders – Site offers educational video games that challenge students to improve their scores through repetitive, timed learning drills that provide immediate feedback.

Offline-Related Ideas and Activities

Game of Horseshoes – instructions linked here. The game will work for most kids 3rd grade and up.  For 5th grade and up try the fraction version.

Rube Goldberg Machine – check out this fun way to take maybe run to another level and incorporate STEM and STEAM learning. Create your own version and hold a video chat to compare with your friends and classmates. See Coe students examples here.