Online games and activities to practice Language Arts skills for early elementary students

Reading

The children drag and drop to sort words into "word families". This gives the children practice with visual discrimination as well as distinguishing common endings. The children have the option to print their word chart.

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THe children use auditory and visual discrimination to group words with the same
short vowelsound. The words are read to the player as well as showing up on the screen. All of the words are reviewed at the end of the game.
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There are three level in this activity. Level 1 allows the children to change the
initial consonant in words and then decide if it is a "real" word or not.
Level 2 allows the children to change the initial and final consonants; while Level 3 has children "spin" the wheels to make words that fit in a given category (e.g. animals).
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The children put short phrases in order to create simple sentences. If they make a correct sentence, the monkey crosses a bridge, gradually acquiring more points and bananas. The completed sentences are read aloud.

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The children practice
reading simple stories. The stories feature familiar characters, and the reader can make several choices which change the outcome. All of the choices work, so there are no "wrong" answers. There are four stories available.
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The children click on the correct
medial short vowel "box" to sort the pictures. This activity gives children practice in auditory discrimination of the short vowel sounds. The students get instant correct feedback, or encouragement to '"Try again". There is an option to print the completed sort.
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The children select a common ending, then try to
build as many real wordsas they can by adding letters or blends to the beginning. Positive tones, and green lights indicate a correct answer. Red lights and a buzzer indicate an incorrect choice. There is a countdown to show how many words are left to be found. Correct words are put in the word bank. There is an option to print the word lists.
WARNING: some word endings change sounds with the addition of vowels at the beginning. For example "oat" is included with the "-at" words.
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Writing

The children use this "machine" to get a topic to write about--helpful for a jump start. The children can then select the format (e.g. a letter, a story). the writing is done on the computer, so there will be authentic keyboard practice. There is an option to print.
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The children get practice in correcting punctuation with this fast paced game. They find the error, click on the correction, and fire off a paintball. Initial capitalization is included in addition to standard punctuation (e.g. ? ! . " ) There are three levels of play.
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To help children organize their ideas for a report, use this interactive graphic organizerfor writing animal reports. The topic is intrinsically interesting to young students, and with a few guided reports, the children should be able to write reports on other topics.

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To help children learn to write sentences they move the words around in the scrambled sentence so that they make sense. Lots of positive feedback for each move.

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Children use authentic writing to create cards in this fun application. The cards can then be printed and shared with others.

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Spelling

The children will match letterswith the beginning sound is common words. Upper- and lowercase letters are presented. The children can pick from twelve familiar categories. Positive reinforcement is given for correct answers.
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The children will pick from five categories. Then they pick from a picture in that category and
spell its name.
CAUTION: only capitals are used so this may not be the best choice for beginning spellers/writers as we try to break that habit.
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From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt School publishers, this game reads a word to the children, who then need to drag the lettersinto the correct sequence. There are well over 50 word lists for the children to access.


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The children listen as Fearless Frieda the Skateboarder calls out a word. If the children spell it correctly, using the keyboard, Frieda makes a jump. Easy words follow a pattern to help children learn the position of letters on the keyboard.

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"Listen & Spell" is a game helps the children practice spelling many common words--the Dolch words. There is a game for each list.
The children listen to the word, then select the letters needed to spell it. Requires good mouse skills.

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Organizations


These organizations have strong interests in Language Arts instruction. Check out their websites for lots of information!

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