I have posted about the Mensa for Kids website before, but did not emphasize the fact that there is a section of the site that provides lesson plans for gifted children. The Lesson Plans section offers at least one enrichment lesson for each grade level from Kindergarten to 10th grade. It also has a unit on “The Power of Invention” that could be adapted to several different levels. Including such topics as Fibonacci, Hurricanes, and using Music Lyrics to teach, this is a great resource for teachers who are looking for ways to extend learning for gifted kids.
As my second (and last) week of favorites nears its closing, I wanted to give you my three Favorite Educational Game Sites:
#3: Brainpop for Kids Gameup – The only reason this is #3 for me right now, instead of #1, is that it’s relatively new, and still building its catalogue of games. I predict that it will definitely move farther up on my list next year.
#2: ABCya – If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you will know that I’ve actually never reviewed this one. I have been reading about it on several different blogs, and on Scoopit.com, so I finally checked it out. I think that it’s a great site for kids in grades K-5.
#1: Mensa for Kids – I love the variety of games on this site, and the different types of thinking it targets. It isn’t a well-known site, so students generally like the novelty.
This site offers resources for teachers and parents, as well as games, activities, and contests for kids who like challenges. I like the “Living Poetically” challenge, as well as the “Excellence in Reading Award”. In the games section, there is a neat “Family Crossword” that is updated twice a week. It includes clues for kids and for adults, so families can participate together. The “Word Roundup” is a fun way to learn new trivia and vocabulary, and there are several math games as well. According to Mensa’s website, Mensa for Kids just won the 2011 APEX Grand Award in the category of Electronic & Video Publications (Nonprofit/Small Office subcategory). With its treasure trove of lesson plans and entertaining activities, I can certainly see why!