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10 Great Free Websites for Elementary School

On the hunt for free websites you can use in your elementary classroom? There's a ton out there, especially for helping kids learn and practice literacy and math skills. Out of the hundreds of K-5 websites we've rated, these are some of our favorites. We've selected these websites for their ability to engage students and their pedagogical value as well as their utility in the classroom. Our hope is that these content-rich sites can be reliable go-to destinations for your kids all year long. Use them with students from pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade to help them pick up new skills and build solid foundations in math, science, and reading.

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MathGames

Fabulous free games, quiz questions address Common Core standards

Bottom line: A fantastic resource for practicing Common Core math skills, but struggling students won't get much support.

ReadWriteThink

Excellent free resource for all things reading and writing

Bottom line: A language arts teacher's dream; lesson plans, professional development, and all-around quality support.

Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science

Outdated site still useful for science games and investigations

Bottom line: These interesting and highly educational activities, though a bit disorganized, still challenge and engage kids in important ways.

ClassDojo

Handy management and messaging tool helps recognize, reward students

Bottom line: With thoughtful classroom implementation, it can help students, teachers, and parents support students' growth through goal-setting and celebration.

ArtsEdge

Impressive cross-curricular resource helps put the A in STEAM

Bottom line: A useful and engaging resource for integrating the arts into a variety of other subject areas.

LearnZillion

Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers

Bottom line: An innovative way to enhance lessons and tailor learning for individual needs.

Scratch

Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool

Bottom line: With plenty of time and support, Scratch can help kids of all ages learn essential programming concepts.

Storybird

Social storytelling fun; artwork inspires, but limits creative freedom

Bottom line: For anyone interested in kid-authored storybooks, this is a great resource.

MetKids

Whimsical, kid-friendly intro to the wide world of art

Bottom line: A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.

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