Using Internet Sites

 Ways to Integrate Technology into the Elementary Classroom

Integrated-Curriculum Websites
Internet4classrooms is a website focused on helping teachers use the internet in their classrooms effectively. Information and activities are provided not only for teacher-use, but for student-use as well. The homepage offers the following topics to visitors:
  - Links for K-12 Teachers
  - Assessment Assistance
  - On-Line Practice Modules
  - Daily Dose of the Web
  - Searching
  - In-School Support
 *Points of Interest:
-On-Line Practice Modules- This link sends you to a list of grade-level skills (K-8). Each grade then offers the user to choose a specific content area: Language Arts, Math, Science, or Social Studies. Once a content area is chosen, the user is sent to a list of practice activities. Some of the links are for teachers, but many of them are activities in which students can complete on their own. These activities are organized by indicator so the teacher can choose activities that are effective and appropriate for classroom objectives. While the indicators are based on
Tennessee’s State Standards, the correlation with Ohio’s indicators is very similar.
Links for K-12 Teachers- This link offers a variety of external internet links for various subject areas and topics. Teachers may narrow their search by choosing one of the 4 categories given to users. External links are categorized into 4 topics: Subjects, Elementary, Instruction, and Resources. Additional subject headings are given beneath each of these topics as well.
National Geographic Kids provides an interactive, student-friendly website with a variety of games, activities, and other information resources which integrate both the social studies and science content areas. Students can read articles about a wide-range of topics, watch related videos, and complete quizzes too. “Cool Clicks,” located on the homepage, highlights the top Videos, Activities, Games, and Stories. National Geographic Kids also allows visitors to personalize their own page. On it, users can create their own backgrounds, collect their favorite things from the website, share their favorite things with friends, and play new, exclusive games.
*Point of Interest:
-National Geographic Little Kids- On the homepage, scroll down to the very bottom and look for the link labeled NG Little Kids. Clicking on this link will redirect you to the National Geographic website for Preschool-age children. There site is organized into different categories such as Parents Tips, Games, Activities, Crafts & Recipes, and Science Experiments.
Interactive websites is an online site that provides “standards-based cross curricular web resources designed to enhance online learning opportunities”.  Visitors can view resources by categories:
Reading, Science, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Teacher Tools. By clicking on one of these subject areas or topics, users are directed to a list of related web-resources with interactive games and activities.
*Point of Interest:
-Teacher Tools- This is a great resource for teachers! Tools are divided into three subcategories: Curriculum Tools, Tech Tools, and Resource Tools. There are some excellent resources for teachers to use on a wide range of topics. For example, under Curriculum Tools, teachers can click on ELL and find a list of websites that relate to those students who are English Language Learners. Websites include general information about ELL, activities and games for ESL students, and other interesting resources for ELL. is a website that was created by a Technology Support Specialist from
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia. It provides different games and activities for students of all ages. The homepage highlights the top games, activities, and resources that are new or related to current events and/or holidays. Visitors can also choose from several different heading categories located at the top of the page:
  - Science
  - Games
  - Language Arts
  - The Print Zone
  - Puzzles
  - Math
  - Postcards
  - Arcade
  - Social Studies
  - Dot’s Picks
*Points of Interest:
-The Print Zone- This link sends visitors to a variety of free, printable items such as: activity pages, award certificates, bookmarks, greeting cards, younger stationary gift tags, coloring pages, table place cards, older stationary, and calendars. Each printable item is themed according to grade-levels, holidays, seasons, etc.
Dot’s Picks- Within this link, Dot, the website’s mascot, lists her favorite websites for Teachers, Kids, Parents, Search Engines, and Top Sites in Education.

Math Websites
Coolmath4kids is a mathematics website devoted to students of all ages. Activities and games are designed to be student-friendly so that children can self-instruct and pace themselves according to their individual skills and abilities. Some of the topics focused on in the website include:
  - Lattice Multiplication
  - Tessellations
  - Polyhedra
  - Times Tables
  - Addition
  - Subtraction
  - Long Division
  - Fractions
  - Decimals
*Point of Interest:
-The Lemonade Stand- Students are responsible for the business of a lemonade stand in which they control the sales and production of lemonade. This activity can also be integrated with the Social Studies standard of Economics.
Gamequarium is another website devoted to mathematics for younger children. The link includes a variety of interactive math games for students to apply different math skills and strategies. Areas covered within this website include:
  -  Algebra
  - Multiplication
  - Fractions
  - Measurement
  - Metric System
  - Place Value
  - Division
  - Decimals
  - Data Interpretation
  - Time Math
  - Addition
  - Mixed Practice
  - Geometry
  - Number Sense
  - Percents
  - Subtraction
  - Problem Solving
  - Pre-Algebra
  - Money Math
  - Estimation
 *Note: This website also has interactive games for science, language arts, reading, and social studies!
Funbrain is a website with different age-level games for math and reading. The number of math activities isn’t as extensive as the previous two websites, but there are some good application activities for students to use with money and fractions.
*Points of Interest:
-Math Baseball- Students use their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills to play a game of baseball. For every correct answer, students get to hit the ball and advance around the bases. The website also includes differentiation as it allows students to choose between “Easy, Medium, Hard, and Super Brain” levels. It also lets students play with another 2 players.
Change Maker- This interactive game allows students to practice using money. Students are prompted to make change based on different scenarios presented to them. The game is differentiated by skill-level: Easy (amounts less than $1.00), Medium (amounts less than $5.00), Hard (amounts less than $100.00), and Super Brain (big spenders). The game also allows students to choose their country’s currency.

Social Studies Websites
Sosforkids is a website designed by the Save Our Seas Foundation to address the Geography standard within the Social Studies curriculum. Along with informational text, it provides related-stories, games, and photo albums.
*Point of Interest:
-The Oceans Link- Students learn about the world’s oceans from an animated shark who answers different questions about the ocean such: What are the oceans? How clean is the ocean? What causes waves? Do we need oceans? Why are oceans salty? Why are oceans blue? The website is a great resource even for non-readers because the animated shark can read the information to the students as they follow along. A map of the oceans and a description of each is also included in this Oceans link.
Whitehousekids is an informational website for students about the White House. It’s a great resource for the Social Studies Government standard. Besides current information about the current President and his Office, the website also has internal links to:
  - History
  - Tours
  - Pets
  - Traditions
  - Sports
  - Patriotism
 *Point of Interest:
-The History Link- This link provides a variety of interesting links such as: Meet the Presidents (Biographies about U.S. Presidents); White House Dream Team (A compilation of heroes who made contributions to America); Freedom Timeline (Information and stories about significant events in America); and White House Historical ABC’s (Fun facts about the history of the White House)
Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids is a great Social Studies website divided into 4 different grade ranges: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Within each grade range is a list of topics and related information. The K-2 section of the website is divided into 7 areas: Our Nation, Our Government, Your Neighborhood, Ben’s ABCs, Symbols of U.S. Government, Games and Activities, and U.S. Government Web Sites for Kids. The 3-5 section of the website is divided into 12 topics of interest: Your Neighborhood and Beyond, Our Nation, Historical Documents, Branches of Government, How Laws Are Made, National versus State Government, Election Process, Citizenship, Symbols of U.S. Government, Games and Activities, Glossary, and U.S. Government Web Sites for Kids.
*Points of Interest:
-Ben’s ABC's- This internal link presents interesting facts about a variety of things, each represented by a different letter of the alphabet. Some of the letters offer students other websites for more information on the specific topic.
Symbols of
U.S. Government- Each symbol of the U.S. is described within this section of the website. Also, for every symbol, an external link is provided for students to seek out additional information about that particular symbol.

Phonics/Reading Websites
Reading Planet is a website with games and activities for reading and writing established by the nation’s largest children’s literacy organization, Reading Is Fundamental. While an assortment of games and activities are offered to visitors, an even bigger variety of games and activities is accessible to those who join the club- for free! Activities span across several age-levels. For example, click on the Activity Lab link for activity ideas which focus on reading and writing skills. While a different activity is featured each month, users can search for activities based on key words, age-level, and category. Also, the Book Zone link offers a variety of suggested book titles. Monthly books and authors are featured within this link as well.
*Point of Interest:
Game Zone- This link takes users to a variety of games and activities for reading and writing. Story Maker allows students to begin a personalized story. Many of the games offer instruction in Spanish as well. Students can also contribute to a story with other kids in Writer’s Blocks. Each month, students can read the beginning of a story and then add their own ideas until the story is complete.
Starfall is a website devoted to helping students at the elementary level learn how to read. While it focuses on the reading skills of first grade students, it can also be used at the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and second grade levels as well. The website is divided into 4 different reading levels: Introduction to Sounds, Early Beginning Reader, Intermediate Beginning Reader, and Beginning Reader to Advanced. The interactive website allows students to heard words as they are clicked on with the mouse.
*Point of Interest:
Download Center- This link offers numerous printouts to be used in the classroom and by teachers. Downloads are free of cost and users only need Adobe Acrobat Reader to take advantage of the activities, books, and teacher resources.

Writing Websites
ReadWriteThink is a wonderful website designed by the NCTE to support the development of reading and writing skills for students in the K-12 classroom. The site is organized into Lessons, Standards, Web Resources, and Student Materials. Under the Lessons link is a list of ReadWriteThink lessons which can be sorted by title, grade, or date. The Student Materials link provides a collection of interactive tools from A-Z. Every tool is briefly described and then cross-referenced with every lesson that can be used with that specific tool. Each individual lesson is broken down into several components such as: Estimated lesson time, Materials, Resources, Procedure, Standards, Objectives, and Extensions.
*Point of Interest:
-Web Resources- This particular link offers an extensive list, organized from A-Z, of additional English language arts resources that can be found on the Internet. A brief description of each website is given, along with what type of resources can be found there. e.g. Instructional Resources, Professional Development, Student Resources, Reference Library

Literacy and Technology
The author in this article discusses a formative experiment in which nine and ten -year old girls created an "electronic talking book" in an activity designed to improve oral reading fluency.