Teachers will want to take advantage of the customization capability that PBS KIDS PLAY! offers. Create an account for each student and use the progress reports or the site’s own recommendations to assign particular games that address each kid's learning needs. Teachers can also view level and time on task by subject to get an overview of how kids are doing in math, literacy, language, etc. Teachers can print tickets for each student that allow them to sign in to their account from home, so games can even be assigned as homework. Each activity has information about learning objectives and skills the activity addresses -- broken down by the three skill levels -- and can be searched by specific skill set. Teachers can use these features to accurately align activities to their students' learning needs.Continue reading Show less
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PBS KIDS PLAY! is a virtual world in which kids play educational games with well-known PBS KIDS characters. Games and videos address a wide variety of skills from math, literacy, social studies, and science to healthy development, foreign languages, and creativity. Once signed in to their profile, kids explore their virtual “home” where they can choose to watch videos, listen to music, visit with their favorite characters, or play games. Games are organized by skill set or featured character, or kids can choose from site recommendations based on playing history or specific assignments from their teacher.
PBS KIDS PLAY! features typical PBS-quality, research-driven design of games and activities. What makes this site stand out is its capacity for customization. By creating individual accounts for each student, PBS KIDS PLAY truly becomes an individualized learning experience that adapts its level of difficulty according to each kid’s progress. For example, in a Curious George math game, kids help George match bakery items by shape, size, then pattern, first by a simple sorting task (level 1) and then by memory (level 2). Once they have mastered those levels, kids progress to level 3, where they practice estimation skills.
Teachers can access progress reports, or even assign specific activities to individual kids. There are opportunities to personalize the virtual home (for example, change accessories or add toys they've earned by successfully completing games) that help kids feel empowered and in control of their learning environment. Surprisingly, PBS KIDS PLAY! has few resources for bringing learning offline: Non-digital extensions are limited to one printout per game. Despite that shortcoming, PBS KIDS PLAY! is a solid, high-quality learning site.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.1
Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
Measurement And Data
Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Foundational Skills
Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.
Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or many of the most frequent sound for each consonant.
Recognize and produce rhyming words.