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Online Learning (K-2)

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

Apps and Learning Videos

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

Go Hairy CVC Word Videos These short videos on YouTube, created by a reading curriculum in the UK, are great!

Phonics with Phonograms This Apple app, from Logic of English, is a great way to review letter-sound correspondences.

Writing Wizard This app, available in multiple formats, helps kids practice letter sounds and letter writing.

Letter School An app with more letter recognition and handwriting practice.

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.

Podcasts

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!

But Why? Satisfy childhood curiosities with this Vermont Public Radio podcast answering big questions posed by little kids.

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

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

PBS Kids Games – browser-based gaming experiences organized by subject-type, which includes math, healthy habits, science, reading, and teamwork.

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 that meet curriculum needs for math, science, language arts, and social studies, the site includes curriculum guides for teachers to use in conjunction with the games.

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

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