Play a game or work on reading skills? If the choice elicits groans, kids will be delighted to find they can do both with these online games and activities:
Need to review the names of the fifty states? Want to see a timeline of events in Narnia? Maybe you just want to play a game of Hangman with topics in history, science, or sports. Fact Monster's fascinating games and other features turn reviewing into entertainment.
Explore this large variety of games that help kids practice basic skills. Lyrical Solarium "provides practice in understanding how word choices affect meaning and impact writing." The Effective Detective shows how details matter in descriptive writing. Most games are designed for younger grades, but they may be good reinforcement for kids with learning challenges.
Discovery Education's English Homework Help
Each of these 24 animated clips gives a short lesson in writing, punctuation, or grammar, organized by general grade levels. You can watch the Pentastic Four and Buzz, a talking computer, use grammar and punctuation rules to solve coded email messages from a mysterious character named Dark Marker.
For older students, there are film clips like "Researching the Salem Witch Project" that illustrate how to find a topic, form a thesis statement, and apply research strategies. Good review for skills.
IXL Learning Inc.
This is a wonderful site for Language Arts activities. Topics are arranged by skills taught at various grade levels (2-10). Practice exercises are interesting, and correct answers are praised. Incorrect answers bring up clear, easy-to-follow explanations of the rules being tested. Worth bookmarking!
This site, designed to help people learning English, includes a few interactive activities that give kids experience in following written directions, understanding poetry, matching text and titles, and using a dictionary. Good practice for challenged readers.
Next time you come by The Literacy and Language Center, tell us about the online games and activities you've found that help you practice your skills.