Grading and other
administrative school software.
Chess Mates: A delightful, fun program that teachers students
chess. This program provides step by step instructions and over 100 puzzles to
teach basic moves and advanced strategies in addition to having various
playing levels. I use this program with all of my 4th grade students. This
program can be used by younger students as well as high school students who
want to learn how to play chess.
Where in the USA is Carmen San Diego: A classic game and still one of the
best at teaching children about the geography of the USA. The other games in
the series are also excellent.
Amazing Writing Machine: This program provides reluctant
writers with motivation to write a little more willingly. It provides help
with brainstorming ideas, story starters, and writing poems. It includes Kid
Pix painting and graphics they can add to their stories.
Storybook Weaver Deluxe: This program is very similar to the Amazing
Writing Machine. By providing story starters, pictures, backgrounds, sounds,
etc. it gives many students the motivation to do a little more writing. This
program was used by the 1st grade teacher at my school and she loved it. It
does take a little more time to learn how to use in the beginning than many
programs but overall she was very pleased with it.
How Do You Spell Adventure? This is a fun program that
combines arcade type action with spelling, vocabulary, and reading. I had two
students use this program regularly last year, a struggling reader and an ESL
student, and both students made significant gains with their language skills.
Cross Country USA: This delightful program teaches children
the location of the states and the products that come from each state. The
student assumes the roll of a driver of an 18-wheel truck and must deliver
products to various states. My fourth graders enjoyed this game and it also
proved to be a hit with the third grade class.
Grammar for the Real World: My children raved over this
program. The student works at a studio and is assigned various jobs that
require that application of grammar skills in an entertaining way. It includes
an easy to use grammar reference and the difficulty levels adjust to match the
abilities of the students.
Write, Camera, Action: This program is similar to the one
above. It also helps students practice creative writing as well as work on
their grammar, reading comprehension, and vocabulary skills. Their job is to
produce the next movie blockbuster. The student edits scripts, directs actors,
writes news stories, and creates posters.