As an upper elementary teacher, I am always looking for things that will keep even the most reluctant learners involved. I try to incorporate technology into my classroom instruction. There are many ways to do that if you are in a one-on-one program, but in most situations you are dependent on access to a computer or computer lab. Finding free and appropriate websites can be time consuming. I have a growing list of some that I use regularly.
Sumdog.com is a free or paid subscription website. It gives math review in a game format. You can have students play each other, or they can play students from around the world. The free version of Sumdog Math has access to many games like Junkpile and Creeper. (Students try to stack junk or connect vines at a haunted house.) The paid version opens up all math games and give free unlimited reports to the teacher. It also has a relatively new reading program as a paid subscription. They are adding a Sumdog English by the end of the year. If you order the Sumdog Reading you can get the Sumdog English for free. Each paid subscription is $2 per student, so for $4 you can have access to all three programs! If the other two (reading and English) are like the math, they will be worth the cost.
Spellingcity.com is another website that offers a basic free access, or for a $2 per student prescription, students can use all activities. There is a minimum amount. The paid subscription has reports for teachers. You can keep track of student progress in activities. I use it because I differentiate spelling and have four spelling groups. I cannot give tests simultaneously, but SpellingCity can! Students need their own ear buds or headphones. I got mine at the dollar store and dollar spot at Target. Many of my students bring their own (attached to iPods most of the time). I keep my own sets in Ziploc baggies in crates. They are easy to take with us to the lab, and are accessible for use in our room.
K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students. I've been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program. If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their open invitation to write an online learning review of their program. - See more at: online learning review. My students haven't started using this program yet, but I am excited to give it a try. I am planning on using it during a technology center during Daily 5 Math.
If you have some other ideas of free or inexpensive online programs for skill review, I would love to hear from you. I am also closing in on my two year blog anniversary and would like to do a give away. If you would like to offer a product, I would love to hear from you.