Thursday, January 15, 2015

Writing Requires Strong Vocabulary & Language Arts

Most writers are real technicians fo the langauge. Their mastery of mechanics and vocabulary are an important part of their trade.

Many of them are really fascinated by words and word games.  I'm not saying that if you have a big vocabulary, you'll beocme a writer. I am saying that if you build skills, like vocabulary, you might write better using the exact right word at the right time.

Here's  collection of literacy related learning games for grade one, two, three, four, five, and kindergarten. Share them with your parents and other teachers.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Science4Us Mission

The U.S. weakness in science starts in the primary grades (NAEP, 2009). The mission of Science4Us (S4U) is to revive science education via an original, powerful, and complete online curriculum focusing initially on providing a strong K-2 curriculum. S4U believes that the best possibility of broadly achieving the desired level of student and teacher engagement in science within today’s environment is through an online, digital approach with embedded professional development. There are four key reasons that S4U is positioned to succeed in this mission:

  1. The imminence of standardized science assessments and goals creates a need for new curriculum.
  2. Today’s students are technologically savvy learners ready to engage in digital learning.
  3. The school infrastructure (human & technical) is ready and able to rely on an online curriculum.
  4. The S4U team has deep in-house expertise and tried-and-true experience in:
    • School science best practices and classroom realities
    • Digital education production and game development
    • Marketing techniques powerful enough to make a nationwide impact

The goal of Science4Us is to improve STEM education with an easy-to-use investigative online low cost, standards-based, innovative, research-based, curriculum suited to today’s educational system.

As background, the Science4Us model is a based on the 5E Instructional Model.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Elementary Science Program

There's such a huge need for Americans to get solid technical educations and there's such a wasteland and lack of study in today's elementary schools. Sheez!

Enter one nice solution. Have you seen Science4Us? CHECK IT OUT!

The mission of Science4Us is to provide a solid foundation of fundamental science concepts for students in their formative years, on which a deep understanding and interest in science can be built. Science4Us realizes that the teachers are integral to the mission. Teachers can struggle to provide the foundation early elementary students need. Science4Us makes it easy.

The Science4Us curriculum includes pedagogical and content training for teachers, embedded and on-demand, that does not require a large time commitment. Science4Us provides all of the support that teachers need to  lead exemplary science lessons, using the 5E Instructional learning Model for Elementary Science.

 Here is an overview of their curriculum by grade:

Inspire your students with Science4Us, an early elementary science curriculum that builds solid foundation skills.

Free Science Educational Widgets. Students are taught physical science, life science, earth/space science and inquiry skills with over 350 online, animated activities as well as tons of offline material. Science4Us also includes hands-on projects, investigations and cross-curricular math and language arts activities that maximize the learning process and help students gain further understanding. We have compiled these early elementary science resources for you to use at home or in the classroom.

Free Science Songs

Science Songs

These educational songs are found throughout our K-2 curriculum. Through fun, catchy lyrics, science concepts are presented in a way that young learners will enjoy and remember. You can find more Science4Us videos on ourYouTube channel.

Free Science Lessons

Animated Lessons

Science4Us covers four “books” of science – Physical Science, Life Science, Earth/Space Science and Inquiry. The comprehensive curriculum includes 28 modules with over 350 online, animated activities.

Free Science Projects

Hands-On Projects

Students will enjoy learning fundamental science principles through engaging, hands-on experiments. These fun projects for elementary students use easily attainable, everyday household items such as balloons, magnets and eggs. (Warning: Some experiments may get a little messy!)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Best Educational Games for Back to School

Many schools and teachers post a list of recommended websites for learning games for their students.  Here's a curated list of educational and engaging learning games for schools to post on their website and send out to teachers.  Obviously, it can be adjusted by the teacher's or school's focus and their types of students.

Spelling Games

Phonics Games

Syllables and Segmenting Games


Writing Lessons and Activities

Typing/Keyboarding Games

Vocabulary Games

Brain Training Games

Bookmarking Sites
Symbaloo's Visual Bookmarking has some great webmixes!

Monday, February 20, 2012


At first glance, flash cards are very retro. I mean, like who still needs to memorize anything?  And why use paper for it.  But, in fact, flashcards are currently used by most students since there's still, and probably always will be, loads of memorization as part of education.  One big issue, is learning math facts.  These need to be done by heard and math fact flash cards are a perennial.

There are also online Flashcards, for spelling, vocabulary, and more,that allow users to study words in context, learn definitions, parts of speech and more. Use this VocabularySpellingCity activity as your own personal flashcard maker. Creating flashcards for kids using their word lists gives them a fun, interactive way to study for tests.
Online Flashcards Instructions: Click on each flashcard or tap the spacebar to view the reverse side of the card. To customize your flashcards, click on the Customize link at the bottom of the card. Choose which information (word, definition, sentence, part of speech, synonyms, or antonyms) you wish to display on the front side of the flashcards, and which information you wish to display on the flip side. Flashcards can be shown in alphabetical order, the order in which you entered the words, or in random order. 
Printable Flashcard Instructions: The flashcards can be printed in a variety of sizes ranging from Jumbo flash cards (one to a page) to mini (fourteen flashcards per page).  

Friday, October 7, 2011

Help Google Pick the Best Latin Games

Sometimes, I agree with Google. I just googled “Typing Games for Kids” and number one is a page with 20 different typing gameson the Kids Learning Games website. It is a great collection of keyboarding games. I only regret that when I learned to type, it was with boring exercises on a typewriter.

Play typing challenge 2

Keyboarding Games

Play Typing Monster

Play Numpad Kenny Game
But, I don’t agree with Google’s choice of the best Latin learning games. I think the best set of Latin games are on’s site but Google has them listed on the third page. Here’s where you can help! First, try these games and see if you think they’re fun and effective. If so, you should help Google rate them higher. 
To help move these games up in the search engines, and to help your friends find them, you should share the page to your Facebook page or tweet about it. You could also link to the page from your website or blog. This all helps Google decide to move the site up in the engine. It’s yourcivilis officium (civic duty) to lend Google a hand.
BTW, do you know any Latin? I’ll bet that you might surprise yourself. You might find that you know more than you thought! For example, I bet you already know that status quo is Latin for the current state of affairs. And I’ll give you this thought pro bono (without charge). You’ll soon see that Latin roots are sine quanon (indispensable). Especially if you want to graduate magna cum laude (with high honors).

Monday, July 4, 2011

UnScramble, the Word Games

On, there are two different unscramble word games.

In Word Unscramble, The object  is to rearrange the letters to form each of your spelling or vocabulary words. To form the words, you may click on each letter in order or click and drag the letters into the box below. To move a letter, click on it and drag it into its new position before releasing the mouse button. Click theHint button to hear the word read aloud. Unscramble is available as an online activity or as a printable worksheet. 
You may also play Unscramble with your own list or use any of the thousands of existing lists on our site.

In sentence unscramble, the object  is to place the words in the correct order to form a complete sentence. You may click the words in order or click and drag them into the box. To rearrange the words within the box, simply click on the word you wish to move and drag and drop it into its new position. Click the Hint button to hear the sentence read aloud. Sentence Unscramble is available as an online activity or as a printable worksheet.
E-mail us at to let us know how you use this activity and we will send you a VocabularySpellingCity mouse pad!
Below are some lists for you to choose from to play the Sentence Unscramble game. You may also play Sentence Unscramble with your own list or use any of the thousands of existing lists on our site.

Lastly, there is a great unscramble word game on!