Cyber Planet: November 2008 Archives

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. 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.

| 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. 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.

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!

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  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.

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


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- Over 37,000 spelling words and eight spelling games!
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- Thousands of free spelling lists. Or save your own!

BBC - Entertainment - Hard Spell

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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.