What websites will get my students actively involved with learning
rather than just reading off the screen?
Where can I find simulations and other interactive learning experiences?
I need to address individual differences. Some students need more practice than others. Where can I find interactive, practice activities for students?
Interactive websites engage students by providing information and resources along with practice, simulations, and other learning activities. They can be highly interactive, content-rich simulations such as the Frog Guts (subscription-based) simulation and the Edheads games. Or, traditional drill and practice like Funbrain or book quizzes like Book Adventure. Go to PBS Kids and Learner.org for lots of examples.
Go to Mission US: A Revolutionary Way to Learn History and Zebrafish for examples.
Some people think of interactive games as "low level." However, it depends on how they are used. Are students making a good use of their time? Are the activities realistic, yet challenging? Can you use the games to promote learning in another area? Can you write about the activities?
This page is divided into two sections. Use the links below to access these two areas:
There are many websites that contain tutorials, simulations, and problem solving activities.
There are many websites that appear to be simple games. However, they can often be used as springboards for effective activities.
Activity Search from
Links to lots of activities by topic/theme.
Birmingham Grid for Learning
Explore lots of great interactive activities from many content areas. Many of these activities include audio elements. These are aligned with UK standards.
Explore fun, children's educational games from the UK.
Interactive, online exhibits on topics such as Amusement Park Physics, Ancient Civilizations, and the Middle Ages.
The Learning Box
Interactive activities on many topics.
Lots of games learning and fun games based on PBS characters.
Read Write Think: Student
Lots of interactive tools for reading, writing, and thnking.
Scholastic Online Activities
Contains a mixture of activity types including collaborative, online projects.
Over 100 games for young children.
Lots of fun activities for kids
Art & Music Resources
Throw a pot and build a jug among other activities.
Museum of Modern Art Online Activities
Art Safari and others.
Communication Arts Resources
Between the Lions
Reading games for young children.
Fun poetry game.
Listen & Write
Create rap, write poems, and have a great time writing.
Math activities for kids.
Great interactive tools.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Fun activities for creative thinking and math.
Tutorials on fractions.
Online explorations including Planet Impact!, Hubble Mission, Galaxies Galore and more!
BBC Science Clips
Lots of great science activities.
The Biology Project
Problem sets and tutorials.
Biointeractive from HHMI
High school libs such as transgenic fly lab.
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Interactive activities including dinosaurs and bones.
Cool Science for Curious Kids
Interactive learning for science.
Earth Science Games from NASA
Exploratorium Online Activities
Try activities in the following areas: observatory, planet earth, machines & tools, living things, seeing, sport science, human body, mind & perception, and food.
Interactive resources for grades K-2, 3-6, and middle school on many science topics.
The Great Plant Escape
Learn about plants (English and Spanish) for grades 3-5.
Human Anatomy Online from Inner Learning
Learn about the human body.
Nobel Prize Simulations and Games
Play games based on award winning work.
This Old Habitat
Visit habitats and learn about ecology.
OMSI Science Activities
A dozen science topics and activties.
- Virtual Kitchen from Zoom
Tutorials related to physics.
Explore information and activities related to science.
Science adventures for kids
Social Studies Resources
Traces the growth of the United States through animation and sound.
Drag the pictographsinto the slots. Includes hittite, egyptian, and sumerian visuals.
Congress for Kids
Activities on government.
If You Were President
This simulation asks students questions and then creates a newspaper about becoming president.
National Geographic's Xpeditions
Explore the interactive museum.
Our Story in History
Interactive activities including building a sod house, "you be the historian", and buffalo hide painting
Out on a Limb
An interactive guide for getting along.
Many websites contain learning quizzes, games, and activities. As you explore the websites, determine whether they're just for fun or really something that will help students learning a skill or address a standard.
Take quizzes in many different categories. Subscribers can create quizzes. Trial available.
Create quizzes and track students.
Lots of great learning quizzes across the curriculum.
Reading and Language Arts Specific Websites
AlphaBits for Kids
Basic alphabet practice.
Similar to Accelerated Reader, this is a free reading motivation program with a tracking system and quizzes based on books.
Fun proofreading game.
Many games for middle and high school.
Write and submit silly sentences.
Spelling activity online.
Math & Science Games and Puzzles
AIMS Puzzle Center
Math puzzles for students.
A Plus Math
Math games and practice.
Jefferson Lab Games and
Java enabled browser. Include science, math, and element games.
NCTM Electronic Math Examples
Great activities by grade level.
Social Studies Games and Puzzles
Test your knowledge of world geography alone or against other online players. You're given a place and you have to locate it on the map.
US Census Bureau
Information and quiz.
Consider the "game trap." Try one of the "learning games" below. Is it really a "learning" game or just a time waster? What standard would it address? How could it be used effectively? Can you add an activity in another content area to make a connection?
- Billy Bear's Alphabet Game
- Seussville Game
- Billy Bear's Online Games
- Primary Games
- Games for Preschool - links to games
- Counting Games - links to games
- Funschool - popular
- Kidspace Activities - must register
- Hop Games
- Magic Schoolbus Games
- SuperKids School Subject Hangman
Explore the suggested websites. Design a lesson that uses one of these activities to address a standards.