Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Online Games for Middle School Language Arts

I love having student computers in my classroom, but because there are only two, I have been at a loss with how to let students use them so that they are relevant for 8th grade English.  Anytime a student finished early the only website they knew to go to was coolmath.com, and while I am sure there are great math games, it just didn't feel appropriate for them to play during my class. 

I found tons of elementary-oriented website for helping with reading, spelling, and phonics, but secondary games are hard to come by...so I searched harder.

I have spent some of my free time  (hah!) during the past few weeks looking for games that are fun to play, but also address objectives my students need to know and may also struggle with.  I added my "finds" to my classroom website for students to access and thought some of you may want to use them as well without having to do the legwork. ;)

So, here they are...  If you know of more please share with us in the comments!




 
Freerice.com:
For each answer you get right, they donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, and grades.


It's Greek to Me Game:
Identify definitions by using clues found in words' roots while playing in the Olympics.
 
 
Professor Garfield Reading Ring:
Wrestle your opponent by answering comic strip questions.
 
 
Professor Garfield Learning Lab:
Watch videos and play games from Garfield.
 
Superthinkers:
Interactive mysteries teach problem solving
 
Rooting Out Word:
Help Remainder the Dog gather enough mushrooms to sell at the market by uncovering the roots of words.
 
 
Plural Girls:
Twin sisters Pearl and Flora lost their friends in the bubble machine. Help them get their friends out by choosing the correct plural form of the given word.
 
 
Word Confusion:
Help Regan the Vegan make fresh salad. Choose the correct word to complete each sentence.
 
 
Grammar Gorillas:
Our friends, the Grammar Gorillas, need help identifying parts of speech. If you click on the right word in the sentence, our friends get a banana. And you know, a gorilla with a banana is a gorilla with appeal.
 
Spell Check:
Can you check the misspelled word??
 
 
~Mrs. Scott

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