Interactive Geography Activities

Geography Explorer

 

KidsGeo – Geography For Kids

National Geographic Kids has a wide variety of games, puzzles, and activities for students.

Maps.com – Map Games such as USA Jigsaw Map, Geographic Continent Map Game, US Capitals, Crossword Puzzles.

Sheppard Software – geography online games.  World geography quizzes galore – over 250 fun online map games teach capitals, country locations, and more.

Learning Games for Kids – Geography Education

FunSchool – Geography games such as Capitals, My World, Planet Pursuit, US State Detective, Where is That State, US Puzzle, and more…

National Geographic MAPS Tools For Adventure

Netstate – Geography of the 50 States

USA Map – Move the mouse cursor over the map to see the name of the state in the text box, then click Play the Game to find the state being asked.

Learning Together offers four activities for learning about the geography of the United States, world geography, and European geography.

Owl and Mouse Educational Software offers nine, free, interactive maps for students. The maps cover every continent except Antarctica.
Lizard Point gives students 36 interactive maps to study. The maps cover basic world geography as well as specific geography questions for various regions and countries around the world.


Traveler IQ Challenge has 14 interactive geography activities.

Identify countries of your choice.  Great Game!

Thinkfinity

Thinkfinity offers thousands of Free Lesson Plans in Math, Social Studies, Art, Language Arts, Music, Physical Education, Reading, Writing, Geography, Science Projects, etc.   This site has a section for 21st Century Skill based lessons, Teacher Resources, Student Interactives, Videos, and so much more.  I looked under the At Home & Afterschool section and clicked on Parents and Kids and found amazing educational games.  You can search by grade level, topic, or even what type of resources your looking for.  Definitely a site to have on hand!

Game Classroom

Game Classroom was created by professional educators.  It’s a one-stop web destination for accessing high-quality educational games, and homework help for K-6 students. Game Classroom offers math and language arts skill builders games, homework help, sample problems, learning tips, online resources, worksheets and more. It is a great site for kids, parents and teachers.

Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling engages students in reading and writing.  It provides a captivating alternative for demonstrating knowledge.  The skills learned in digital storytelling can be transferred to many subjects including: math (demonstrating word problems), science (illustrating scientific concepts), history (illustrating time periods), and language arts (storytelling).

Here are some of my favorite digital storytelling sites:

Art of Storytelling – This site allows you to :

  • Experience a Story: Listen to stories, read and view pictures inspired by our collections created by visitors like you.
  • Tell a Story: Become a storyteller as you write and record a story inspired by works in the museum’s collection.
  • Picture a Story: Create your own work of art using objects and characters found in some of the museum’s most noteworthy paintings.

The Picture a Story provides a great tool for telling a digital story.  First, students choose a genre of story that they want to tell, next they choose a famous painting background for their story, students add characters (also from famous works of art), props, and then tell the story.  In the tell the story section, students type out the story. When done work can be shared via email.  Students can also take a digital snapshot of their stories for their digital portfolios or to print out.

Blurb – Make your own ebook.  Upload photos, artwork, and/or text.

Bookemon – Allows you to make ebooks online for FREE.  No obligation to buy.  You can share ebooks with others.

PicLits –  Lets students choose a picture and then draw from a word bank to create a sentence or story to accompany the picture.

Animoto – The free version of Animoto lets students create 30 second videos that combine images, songs, and text. It combines them all for an impressive presentation

ZooBurst – ZooBurst lets students create virtual 3D pop-up books.  Even better, it lets students print out a special marker and view their popup book augmented reality style as it comes to life using a webcam!

Myths and Legends – Very impressive website!  The story creator lets students combine pictures that they create with images that they upload, sound, and words to create a digital story.  The stories can be saved, printed, and shared.

Kerpoof – Learning through creativity!  Using the “Tell a Story” tool students
can choose a storyline, characters, items, text.  Save, print or take a snapshot
when done.

With Little Bird Tales students can upload their own artwork, record their voice, add text and email their finished creations to family and friends.  This website does require an email address for verification purposes.  This can be a parent or teacher email address (the site is geared for 3 to 14-year-old children so a student address is not necessary).  Little Bird Tales includes a built-in art pad where students can create pictures online.  They also have the option to upload photographs and images they have created offline.  Each page give students a place to add a picture, text and voice recording.  Finished books can be saved and accessed online or sent via email.

My StoryMaker – Create an animated story, choosing your own characters, scenes, items, and motions.  Write the actual story then share with others.

Creaza – Suite of web-based creativity tools.  There are four tools in the Creaza toolbox that will help your students organize knowledge and tell stories in new creative ways.  Mindomo is the mind mapping tool.  The mind map topics can contain media files, links, and text.  Cartoonist is a cartooning tool that students can use to create multimedia stories.  Cartoonist can be used to create comic strips or more personal digital narratives.  The finished product can be viewed online or printed out. Movie Editor helps students produce their own movies based on Creaza’s thematic universes, video, images, and sound clips.  Audio Editor is a tool that allows your students to produce audio clips.  Students can create a newscast or an interlude for a presentation.

Picture Book Maker – Online picture book creator.  The illustrations look hand drawn with crayon and can be adjusted to fit the story.  All of the characters for the story are animals.  This is a simple tool.  There are not a lot of options in regards to backdrops and characters but that is great for the younger students.  When the book has been completed, it can be saved to the gallery, sent via email, or printed out.

Graphic Novel Creator – Students can create their own multi-page graphic novels with interesting backgrounds, characters, props, and customized text.  The graphic novels can be saved and printed out.

Stage’D – Digital tool for creating animated comics.  Students can choose characters, costumes, animations, set design and provide characters with dialog.  When the 3D comic has been saved, it can be emailed or linked to with a unique url. NO email required so prefect for students!

The Zimmer Twins –  Edgar and Eva Zimmer are 12 year old twins who appear normal but have developed psychic powers.  Strange things began to happen when the twins adopted a black cat named 13.  On the Zimmer Twins website, students can create their own cartoon movie endings to a story starter or create their own animated movie from scratch.  Students can create and edit movies solo or “Collab-o-write” and work together creating a collaborative movie.

Storybird – Free Class accounts to manage students without emails, create assignments, and build beautiful libraries.

Lightening Bug – For each stage of the writing process, students will have access to guides and resources to aid the process.  Students can get help finding a story idea, developing the idea, and finishing the story.   Lightning Bug has a great collection of writing resources.  Students can explore author blogs, search for character names, get some exercises in creativity, get help with grammar and spelling, and even get help for publishing their written work.

Word Tamer – Neat site for learning the process of developing characters,
settings, and plots in creative writing. Word Tamer is set up as an interactive
journey through a carnival of literary devices. As students move through the
carnival they develop characters, develop a setting, and develop a plot for their
stories.

Picturing America

Picturing America, an exciting new initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms. Through this innovative program, students will gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art.   The purpose of this new site is to help students experience the humanity of history and enhance the teaching and understanding of America’s past.  The themes of this site are Leadership, Freedom & Equality, Democracy, Courage, Landscapes, and Creativity and Ingenuity.

A great feature of this site is the Educators Resource section which includes innovative lesson plans.   You can also download the Teachers Resource Book, with activities organized by elementary, middle and high school levels. The resource book will help K-12 teachers use the images to teach core curriculum subjects such as: American history, social studies, civics, language arts, literature, science, math, geography, and music.

  • Access to the Picturing America Web site, which contains additional information and resources, including innovative lesson plans.

SMARTboard Resources

 

SMART exchange, free resources that you can search by grade level and topic!

East Carter School site has links to interactive resources.

EDUscapes has a wealth of resources for SMARTboard

Scholastic offers lessons, templates, strategies and ideas

iSMARTboard has SMARTBoard games, activities and lessons for Reading, Writing ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Health, Physical Education P.E., Library, Music and Foreign Language.

Lee’s Summit offers Interactive Websites, PreMade Notebook Activity Downloads, Resources, and Training and Tutorials

Longwood Central School District, SMARTboard lessons created by Longwood Staff organized by grade level

Rockingham School District created this collection of SMARTboard lessons listed by subject matter and grade level

BVPS put together a list of online SMARTboard activities by grade level