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Cool Tools to Engage Your Brain over the Summer

A fellow colleague in NEISD has inspired this list of amazing consumptive and productive resources to engage exceptional students during the school year. I felt these resources could be used with all children all year long. Please continue to add additional tools to energize children and students. (For further resources: check out the Engage Their Minds site: http://engagetheirminds.com/)

ABCya.com | Kids Educational Computer Games & Activities

Free kids educational computer games and activities

Spelling & Vocabulary Website: SpellingCity

Teaching spelling and vocabulary is easy with VocabularySpellingCity! Students can study and learn their word lists using vocabulary and spelling learning activities and games. Students can take final or practice spelling and vocabulary tests right on this engaging site. Premium games and automated student record keeping are available to Premium Members.

GAMEUP | BrainPOP Games

Play award winning free educational online games on science, math, social studies health and watch BrainPOP animated movies.

MAKE BELIEFS COMIX! Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages

MakeBeliefsComix.com is an educational comic strip creator from author Bill Zimmerman. Create, print, email and post to Facebook your original comic strips through this site!

Switch Zoo - Animal Games

At Switcheroo Zoo you can make new animals, play games, solve jigsaw puzzles, learn about animals, join a zoo quest, watch movies, and more!

Kerpoof Studio

Create your own drawings, cards, pictures, stories, and movies.

Maps: Tools for Adventure - Go on a Family Adventure - National Geographic Education

Use maps to find places and solve clues like an explorer in this interactive game.

BrainCurls - play online brain-building games FREE

Free online games that exercise your brain

Graphing Characters

Have older student graph characters of using their summer reading books as inspiration.

Wondermind – Play games and explore the science of your brain

Wondermind is about a few things. It’s about the brilliant, amazing and truly mind-boggling stuff that’s going on inside your brain as you grow. It’s about the art of Alice in Wonderland, the exhibition at Tate Liverpool. And it’s about putting together both of those things: mixing art with science. Being good at one doesn’t mean you can’t be good at the other (in fact, it’s often the opposite).

DRAWMINOS

Build and draw with dominos. Then watch them all fall over.

Geography World by KBears.com

KBears' World Geography, Great interactive maps, World pictures and sounds, national anthems, Great for homework, Visit all the countries of the World, Pictures and information for every country in the world, Easy to navigate Interactive maps of World Geography

Wordia - help students to learn subject vocabulary through free learning games and video

A free resource that uses interactive video and games-based learning to teach students vocabulary. Educators can set school tournaments, and students can play fun learning games challenging classmates and other schools.

Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share

Scratch: a programming language for everyone. Create interactive stories, games, music and art - and share them online.

7 Hat Challenge: Master the Roles of the President | Scholastic.com

Students learn about the President's roles by traveling through time and meeting Washington, Lincoln, Obama and other presidents. This interactive game teaches kids about the many jobs of the President.

Toy Theater - Bridge Builder

Use triangles to build a bridge for the motorcycle.

Online Scientific Brain Training Games | Mind challenges - a piece of cake

Welcome to Piece of Mind - your online scientific brain training game center! Improve your memory and train your brain with a variety of challenging, interactive and fun mind exercises suitable for both kids and adults!
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Math games

Our high quality math games help students to build math skills including algebra, numbers, and shapes.

Lemelson Center�s Invention at Play: Invention Playhouse

Play in the Invention Playhouse at the Lemelson Center’s Invention at Play exhibit

Math Apprentice

Students in grades 4 - 6 become math apprentices to learn how mathematics is used in every day careers. This rich multimedia site contains interactive simulations that einvite students to play the role of scientists, bicycle designers, computer game programmers, artists, engineers, and more.

Draw a Stickman

Draw a stickman and watch him come to life in this new stickman adventure!

Word Tamer

Learn to master the words with the Word Tamer