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Graphic Organizer Interactives (K-8)

  • INTERACTIVE: (2-4) Timeline Maker - no subscription needed (designed for kids) 
  • INTERACTIVE: (4-8) Timeline Creator - no subscription needed (designed for kids)


Grades K-3 Language Arts Activities

Learn the Alphabet Activities

 

Spelling Activities

 

Learn to Read

  • Starfall: Learn to Read (K-1)
  • It's Fun to Read (K-2)
  • Starfall: I'm Reading! (1-2)
  • INTERACTIVE: (K-1) Puzzle Me Words - Puzzle Me Words is a fun, educational game that reinforces letter sounds by having students combine letters to form words for the pictures they see (e.g., pig and hat).
  • INTERACTIVE: (K-2) Picture Match - an interactive tool designed to give new readers practice with identifying beginning-letter and short- and long-vowels sounds through a simple, fun game.
  • INTERACTIVE: (K-2) Construct a Word - Construct-a-Word provides a simple, engaging way for students to generate dozens of different words by first choosing an ending (for example -an, -ed, -at, -op) and then adding a beginning letter or blend
  • INTERACTIVE: (K-2) Word Wizard - This interactive tool has students choose puzzles based on four popular U.S. children's books. They are then prompted to use clues to identify words from a list of scrambled letters. The final clue is based on an event or theme from their chosen book, which supports story comprehension and makes the activity meaningful and fun.
  • INTERACTIVE: (K-2) What's in a Bag? - Using this interactive, students use the given descriptive words to choose the correct mystery object in the bag.
  • INTERACTIVE: (K-5) Word Family Sort - This online activity helps young readers recognize word patterns and learn about onset and rime. Students are first asked to select a vowel, and are then presented with a series of words to sort into short-vowel word families.
 

Read to Me Books

 

Typing Activities



 

Grades 4-8 Language Arts Activities

Common Core English-Language Arts Lessons


Spelling Activities

  • Make a Word Search Puzzle (2-5)
  • Coconut Vowels (3-5) - match missing letters to the correct word
  • Turtle Dash Vowels (4-5, multi-player) - fill-in missing vowels
  • Spelling Bees (3-5, multi-player) - spell correctly
  • Spelling City - This is an amazing and fun vocabulary online resource that allows you to practice your week's spelling words with sentences, definitions, parts of speech, etc. so that you strengthen your word knowledge. Check with your teacher to see if they have set up an classroom account.
 

Play-with-Words Interactives

  • INTERACTIVE: (K-8) Crossword Puzzles - Play with K-12 crossword puzzles or create your own. In the Create mode, the tool offers the opportunity to enter words and their clues before it generates the puzzle.
  • INTERACTIVE: (3-5) Eyes on Idioms 
  • INTERACTIVE:(5-8) Affixes & Roots Flip-a-Chip (PDF: Common Content Roots and Affixes) - In this online activity, students flip two chips to mix and match four word parts (affixes and roots) and make four words. Students then insert the four words into a paragraph, using context clues to determine where each word belongs.
  • INTERACTIVE: (6-8) Word Matrix - The interactive tool can be used to teach students the concepts of connotation and register; to help clarify differences between seemingly similar words; to explore the concept of diction in literary analysis; or to encourage more precision in word choice in student writing.

Typing Activities

Grammar Activities


Writing Interactives

  • INTERACTIVE: (K-8) Postcard Creator (PDF: Postcard Planning Sheet) - The Postcard Creator helps students learn to identify all the typical parts of a postcard, and then generate their own postcard messages by typing information into templates. Students fill in the address, details on the postcard's artwork, and the postcard message. The finished postcard can then be previewed, edited, and printed.
  • INTERACTIVE: (3-8) Fractured Fairy Tales (listen: Fractured Fairy Tale Podcast) - This interactive allows students to turn familiar fairy tales upside down and inside out—and to have fun. First, students choose from three fairy tales to read. They are then guided to choose a variety of changes, which they use to compose a fractured fairy tale to print off and illustrate.
  • INTERACTIVE: (2-5) Word Cloud for Kids (grades 2-5) - Make a word cloud by typing key words or paragraphs
  • Friendly Letter Creator (grades 3-5) - Learn the 5 parts of a friendly letter while getting to type your very own!
  • INTERACTIVE: (3-8) Letter Generator - This interactive helps students write their own friendly or business letter, while taking them through each part of the letter. 
  • INTERACTIVE: (3-8) Trading Card Creator (mobile app for IOS: Trading Cards) - This interactive allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept. These cards are can be used with any type of book students are reading or subjects that they are studying, and make for an excellent prewriting exercise for students who are writing narrative stories and need to consider characters, setting, and plot. (see video on how Trading Cards works)
  • INTERACTIVE: (3-8) Cube Creator - The interactive Cube Creator offers four options of trading cards that you can create: Bio Cube, Mystery Cube, Story Cube, or Create-Your-Own Cube. These trading cards are about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept. Great for biographies and story mapping.
  • INTERACTIVE: (3-8) Compare & Contrast Essay Map - an interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline for one of three types of comparison essays: whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences, or point-to-point.
  • INTERACTIVE: (3-8) Essay Map - This is an interactive graphic organizer that help students develop an outline for their essay, in an easy to use format. The essay outline includes an introductory statement, main ideas they want to discuss or describe, supporting details, and a conclusion that summarizes the main ideas.
  • INTERACTIVE: (4-8) Persuasion Map - an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.
  • INTERACTIVE: (6-8) The Hero's Journey - The hero's journey is an ancient story pattern that can be found in texts from thousands of years ago or in newly released Hollywood blockbusters. This interactive tool will provide students with background on the hero's journey and give them a chance to explore several of the journey's key elements. Students can use the tool to record examples from a hero's journey they have read or viewed or to plan out a hero's journey of their own.
  

Poetry Interactives

  • INTERACTIVE: (K-8) Acrostic Poems - In this online tool, students can learn about and write acrostic poems. An acrostic poem uses the letters in a word to begin each line of the poem. All lines of the poem relate to or describe the main topic word.
  • INTERACTIVE: (K-8) Diamante Poems (PDF: Diamante Brainstorm Sheet, Sample Diamante Poems & Diamante Format) - In this online tool, students can learn about and write diamante poems, which are diamond-shaped poems that use nouns, adjectives, and gerunds to describe either one central topic or two opposing topics (for example, night/day or winter/spring).
  • PDF: (2-6) Haiku Starter
  • INTERACTIVE: (K-5) Theme Poems or Shape Poems
  • INTERACTIVE: (3-8) Letter Poem Creator (PDF: sample Letter Poem) - Using the Letter Poem Creator, students engage with the medium of letters and experiment with writing them as poems, with attention to why the lines are broken, where they are broken, and how line breaks affect rhythm, sound, meaning, and appearance.
  • INTERACTIVE: (3-8) Line Break Explorer - The Line Break Explorer engages children in exploring a poem (shown at left) and hypothesizing about why lines are broken where they are in poetry. Students then experiment with line breaks and how they affect rhythm, sound, meaning, appearance, and can substitute for punctuation in poetry. Their practice with line breaks can be printed out for peer and teacher feedback and discussion.
  • INTERACTIVE: (3-8) Word Mover (mobile app for IOS: Word Mover) - The Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text. (see video on how Word Mover works)

Printing Interactives 

  • INTERACTIVE: (K-8) Flip Book (PDF: Flip Book Planning Sheet)
  • INTERACTIVE: (K-8) Stapleless Book (PDF: Stapleless Book Planning Sheet) - The Stapleless Book is designed to allow users to create with ease an eight-page book simply by folding and cutting. No tape or staples are required.
  • INTERACTIVE: (K-8) Book Cover Creator (PDF: Book Cover Guide) - The Book Cover Creator is designed to allow users to type and illustrate front book covers, front and back covers, and full dust jackets. Students can use the tool to create new covers for books that they read as well as to create covers for books they write individually or as a class. Students can use text tools to add formatting to their titles and book notes, add shading to background areas of the cover, and draw original images to illustrate their covers and dust jackets.
  • INTERACTIVE: (5-8) Profile Publisher (PDF: Sample Profile) - Students can use the Profile Publisher to mock up or draft online social networking profiles, yearbook profiles, and newspaper or magazine profiles for themselves, other real people (including historical figures), or fictional characters.
  • INTERACTIVE: (K-8) Printing Press (PDF: Layouts for Printing Press) - The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, flyers, and booklets.
  • INTERACTIVE: (K-8) Comic Creator (PDF: Comic Strip Planning Sheet) - The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts and allows students to choose backgrounds, characters, and props, as well as to compose related dialogue.
  • INTERACTIVE: (5-12) Resume Generator - This interactive guides students through the creation of a resume. Saving capability allows them to return to their work and make revisions. Written and audio tips throughout the tool guide students as they complete each section of the resume.

How-to-Research Interactives

  • INTERACTIVE: (4-8) Outline Notetaker - This interactive tool will help students create an outline, using Roman Numerals or bullet points.  
  • INTERACTIVE: (2-5) Animal Inquiry - This interactive is a versatile tool that can enhance student inquiry in research at the elementary level. The graphic organizer invites students to explore four facets of animals basic facts, animal babies, interaction with others, and habitats.
  • INTERACTIVE: (1-8) Fact Fragment Frenzy - This is an interactive on how to take notes.
  • INTERACTIVE: (3-8) Hints About Print (PDF: Nonfiction Book Evaluation Sheet) - This interactive aids students in evaluating print resources that contain the facts they need for compiling their research. The tool asks prompting questions to guide young researchers in the process of their work.