This one is Sandra’s fault. 🙂 Sandra is, by the way, notorious for finding websites that the kids love ad nauseam.
This is a great site for beginners, especially those who believe they are too old for Starfall’s Who Am I? It’s the same idea: build a person with features and clothes. You can add accessories and backgrounds, too.
Got older teenagers or adults who need to practice this vocabulary? Try having them PowerPuff a famous actor, musician or athlete. (Can Lady Gaga be PowerPuffed?) After they’ve created their perfect character, feel free to help them write a story about person.
A game from Sandra. Good for older students, Levels 3 and 4 (or precocious Level 2s), and those with an affinity for physics.
Sandra says, “It can work (with extra help) with younger students, but it is best with older students who can grasp the game mechanics. They can really get into it! It helps them with their numbers, and orders. I think it’s different from the usual games, so it adds some variety. I just do the first level with them, and it can take anywhere from 4-10 minutes (depends on the game/students)!”
For those of you who (like me) are slightly traumatised by the numbers and wish to sneak in a bit of history, Murder is Everywhere has a good blog–though it’s at Level 5, so you’ll have to summarise for the students.
Sandra sent this link to Hidden Picture Puzzles on Highlight Kids: an alternative to wordsearches! She draws a grid using the Go to Meeting pen (she says you can hold down the shift key to get a straight line), and the kids have to give co-ordinates.
Elisa sent me a Summer Wordsearch from Primary Games. Don’t forget to continue the conversation about the subtleties of ice cream!
The Magic Gopher is… magic.
A good ice-breaker or conversation starter. Get them to explain their numbers and symbol to you–or see if they can tell you how it’s done!
A cute little site from Stephanie: Santa Claus Workshop. Has Christmas songs, stories, etc.
Elisa also found this site that has Christmas games for younger students: UpToTen
A good game site. I haven’t tried them all, but Forest Phonics (with its lovely slug smear) works well, and Blending Dragon is good when Go To Meeting is working quickly.
I should put the proper ICT Games image here, but the slug slime is sooooo much more entertaining.