Interactive Whiteboard Resources
The following links will take you to pages that contain IWB lesson ideas that meet specific Common Core State Standards. These interactive activities are intended to get your creative juices flowing about how you can use your IWB in your environment. www.corestandards.org
Games found on educational gaming websites can make great whole-group lessons for students. There are many appropriate and simple web-based games that take only a couple minutes or less to play. Playing these games as a whole group can create teachable moments. Students playing against each other on the interactive white board can encourage friendly competition and student engagement.
Plenty of original free online games are found at this website. Clicking on "All Games" brings up a choice of subject areas, and clicking a subject shows you the list of games. Each game has an informative description so you know what it is about before entering it. There are many games to choose from.
This free website has a variety of literacy activities designed by the same company that developed the Earobics reading intervention program, a paid program for students who struggle with reading. The activities are categorized by difficulty level. Games are geared for Kindergarten through second grades.
This site offers basic literacy and math activities that can help support your lessons. It also offers printables that extend the activities found on the site. Little to no customization is available. The cost is free, and the site is supported by advertising.
This free website, sponsored by the national council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), provides more than 100 online activities that are well designed, ready for interactive whiteboard use, and categorized by grade-level groups. All Illuminations activities are aligned with the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.
Many games and activities can be found on this free website, which can be searched by grade level, subject area, and age level (including activities for 4-year-olds). All games are geared toward Kindergarten through sixth grades.
Learning Games for Kids
Health, geography, animals and nature, and hand-eye coordination games are among the many types included on this website. These are subjects that you do not always find on the web. Games are designed for pre-Kindergarten through fifth grades, and all games are free.
This website goes beyond the ABCs. First, a teacher can select the grade level. Then, all the activities are broken out by subject areas. Like most of the free websites, ABCya.com is supported by advertising.
Academic Skill Builders
Although there are some language arts, geography, and typing activities offered on this site, this website is primarily about math concepts. Activities can be easily sorted by grade level or subject. The website is free for the games, but if you want score tracking reports or customizable content, you will need to subscribe to Arcademics Plus for a fee.
Just as the name suggests, this free site is all about math games. Unique to this website are puzzles and board games that are ideal for projecting onto an interactive whiteboard. This website's design is a little congested, but the games are fun once you find the ones you want.
Count Us In
The basic activities from this site get right to the point: They are all designed around basic mathematics concepts. There is no advertising or cost, just very simple activities that get right to the skill. They are particularly good for very young students struggling with counting and numeric order.
Online games, books, and comics are included in the free resource from Pearson Education. The Funbrain games are developed for students through middle school. math and literacy games are found by going to the "All Games" tab, which is categorized by grad levels. Included are some fun word-play games such as Mad Libs.
These educational games are designed with many sounds and colors and with multilevels of difficulty. Games are categorized by subject and grade level. The website is free and a version without advertising is available for a cost. Effective activities with good use of multimedia to accentuate skills are highlighted in these lessons.
These games include PBS's characters involved in many different early-learning activities. Although many are academic, some are more social in nature and include eating healthily and helping out. The website is free and includes many more games than other similar websites in this listing.
Play Kids Games
This free website offers many games that teach general math and literacy skills as well as geography, art, and music. It also allows you to create a classroom area where you can upload your own content into their games. The activities are for the very young children through middle school ages.
School Time Games
More than 200 games are freely available on this website. The biggest attraction of this site is that it goes beyond math and literacy; it has many games to support science and social studies.
Scholastic: Interactive Whiteboard Activities
Scholastic has compiled some interactive whiteboard resources that are helpful to teachers, parents, and students alike. Activities are categorized by subject area, and each activity has associated whiteboard tips. The tips provide some directions specific to interactive whiteboards users. All activities are free, although additional shopping options are available.
Although this website is slightly confusing to navigate, it offers a wealth of free educational games that include the familiar Sesame Street characters. Activities involve real kids explaining what to do, along with the animated characters, helping to maintain interest and attention. Games can be chosen by topic and age range.
The primary-level content on this site focuses on the big five areas of literacy: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. The activities are listed by specific skill. This website displays beautifully on a large space because of its simple and clean design. More content is available for a fee.
Following are websites that you can use as a free resource for IWB activities and lessons. Grandview C-4 uses the Easiteach software for our interactive Teamboards. Although content may not transfer seamlessly to Easiteach (if at all), the basic ideas can be adapted.
* Resources from Interactive Whiteboards in the Elementary Classroom, by Tony DeMonte