K.Boklaschuk: November 2008 Archives

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Play The Peetnik Mysteries


So, you want to try solving a mystery or two? Welcome to Clutterbuck Valley - a quirky town full of oddballs and oddities. The strange and mysterious. Regular and irregular people.


Google Lit Trips is a website dedicated to a concept that I've written about in the past, placing story lines into a Google Earth tour. Google Lit Trips is a great source of user generated Google Earth content. The purpose of Google Lit Trips is to share KMZ files based on a book's story line. For example, Google Lit Trips has a Google Earth tour based on the places mentioned in the book My Brother Sam is Dead.

Catch the Spelling offers more than two dozen categories of spelling games. Each game has the same format; as words fall from the top of the screen, players have to "catch" the appropriate letters in the correct sequence to spell the word displayed at the top of the game. Players "catch" letters by moving a cursor at the bottom of the page. In some ways it reminded me of a cross between Tetris and Frogger.

GamesGames.com offers sixteen free spelling games. Most of the games seem to be designed with grades 3, 4, and 5 in mind.


Spin and Spell has been featured on a number of blogs over the last year. Spin and Spell asks students to select a picture and then spell the name of the item. Alternatively, students can have word select for them and then identify the correct corresponding image.

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great place to find videos of science experiments in action.

Destination Impossible is a game from the BBC where the player has to follow a series of instructions to get around a town.




www.MrsP.com is a fun, new children's entertainment site that celebrates reading and books.

The site features TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P, an adventurous redhead who brings Story Time to life with her video library of classic children's stories -- all of which offer special read-along options. Mrs. P's Magic Library has animated games and is a meeting spot for an assortment of quirky, comic characters.

MrsP.com has no ads, and admission is absolutely free -- with no subscription fees.

Visitors to Mrs. P's Library will need a high-speed connection to enjoy all of its features. Her Library is open 24 hours a day, welcomes everyone and has one simple message: reading is cool.


This is very cool!!! Updated constantly.
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Ask a Scientist is a free service for K-12 teachers and students to get answers to difficult environmental and Earth science questions. Currently, there are more than 600 questions, submitted by teachers and students, that have been answered by scientists. The service is not designed to answer routine questions, rather it is for difficult questions for which answers cannot be found through the typical library, textbook, or Internet avenues.


Incredibots is a new online game that is called part of the "physics-based" genre. In these kinds of games (it seems to me, at least), you basically build things that then do weird things. A full explanation of this particular game can be found at Jay Is Games.

The key element here that makes it relevant to language-learning is that players can create a film of their "adventure," include a text description, and embed it in a teacher/student blog or website.


If you're interested in connecting music to other areas of the curriculum, this page is for you!  It contains links to all of my free arts integration resources, multimedia activities, and homemade instrument projects.  Enjoy!



This is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Track This Now lets you submit a search query (for example, I wrote in "Veterans Day"). Then, on a map of the world, a bunch of "push-pins" appeared showing the origination point of current news stories related to that subject.


For Grades 6, 7 & 8

Engaging Science - Online Games

Engaging Science hosts several excellent interactive games, including ones on sound, space, and wetlands. They're

Science Activity Movies from Primary Science in Ireland are movies about....science.  They're well-done animated movies with subtitles on topics such as triangles, crystals, periscopes and rockets. 

Glossopedia Home

Glossopedia is an interactive site about nature, the environment and animals. 

Expedition Game

The games themselves are engaging and simple. The first one is an engaging "I Spy" activity that's good for vocabulary development.


Learn English Online

U.S.A. Learns was an outgrowth of a project that was conceived by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL).  Core funding for U.S.A. Learns was provided by ED.  Additional funding for U.S.A. Learns was made available by the California Department of Education, Office of Adult Education.   

DAEL promotes programs that help American adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens.  The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English Language Acquisition.  These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-solving. 


The American Museum of Natural History has an excellent feature called Science Bulletins.

It has an extensive collection (and appears to be regularly updated) of short interactives and videos about important science issues. They are surprisingly accessible to English Language Learners, and the videos provide closed-captions.


CREATE A "PHOTROPISM": At Phototropism you "create sculptures that react like plants to weather conditions." You can then email the link for posting. It's cool -- in a very weird sort of way.


Planet Green Game




Online Spelling Program


We are an online spelling program that makes practicing for spelling tests fun.  SpellingCity.com has: 

- Over 37,000 spelling words and eight spelling games!
- A REAL person who says each word and sentence
- Thousands of free spelling lists. Or save your own!

MathCast Home

MathCast is an equation editor, an application that allows you to input mathematical equations. These equations can be used in written documents, webpages, and even databases. They could be rendered graphically to the screen, to picture files, or to MathML - today's leading standard language for describing mathematics.

BBC - Entertainment - Hard Spell

skrbl for teams
Team resources for online collaboration. Powerful new features designed to let you work better together. Share resources with your team, co browse the web, annotate shared documents, video phone, skype calls ... share ideas, communicate & sync like never before. 'team-skrbl' is the next best thing to being in the same room.

splatsq100 - Counting Math!


Tar Heel Reader



Welcome to the Tar Heel Reader, a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces (i.e. switches, alternative keyboards, touch screens, and dedicated AAC devices). The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format.


K-5 Health Resources

This site features the sample units from the Saskatchewan Health Education Curriculum and also additional Health Education resources.

Internet History Sourcebooks

The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.