One other feature that is great about Symbaloo is that they have a Google search bar build right into your icon page. The students can simply search right from the Symbaloo page.
Now you are probably wondering… "What websites are you using?" Well below is a list of the websites I have linked into my Symbaloo.
Center Time Websites
- Scootpad - www.scootpad.com (Great website for Common Core practice. Also a great way to practice for the NWEA assessment. There is a FREE version, but I recommend the premium package. It gives you great reports on your students progress. I use Scootpad for my students' homework.) In homework icons too.
- Teach You Monster to Read - http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com (My students are in love with this website. It is great for young readers. Many games focusing on reading foundational skills. Students logins required but FREE.) In homework icons too.
- Sum Dog - http://www.sumdog.com (This website is FREE for the math component. You can purchase a membership for the reading portion. I only have the math portion and love it! There are so many fun games. Great way for students to practice Common Core concepts. In settings, you can focus the standards to meet your needs. Student logins required for this site as well.) In math icons too. In homework icons too.
- RAZ-kids.com - http://www.raz-kids.com (Membership required. Great website for a variety of leveled books which students can read online.)
- Word Game Time - http://www.wordgametime.com/grade/1st-grade (Games and videos for students to practice early literacy skill.)
- Starfall - http://www.starfall.com (Great for early literacy skills. They also have added a great math component which can be purchased.)
- ABCya: First Grade - http://www.abcya.com/first_grade_computers.htm (Math and ELA games. They have this for all elementary grade levels.)
- IXL Math: First Grade - http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-1 (This website has organized all the math skills into categories. You simply click on the concept you want your students to work on and it will link you to the game. hey have this for all elementary grade levels.)
- Turtle Diary: First Grade - http://www.turtlediary.com/grade-1-games.html (Math, ELA, and Science Games. They have this for all elementary grade levels.)
- Leap Frog Mini Games - http://www.leapfrog.com/gaming/online-games.html (Learning games.)
- PBS Kids Games - http://www.pbs.org/parents/fun-and-games/online-games/ (Math, ELA, and Science Games. They have this for all elementary grade levels.)
- Cookie - http://www.cookie.com (Fun games and videos for learning ELA and math concepts.)
- ESL Kids Stuff - http://www.eslkidstuff.com/OnlineGamesMain.htm#.UquOFaUTHwJ (Great website for early language learners and ESL students.)
- Funbrain Jr. - http://www.funbrainjr.com/games/index.html (Fun learning games)
- Fact Dash - http://www.mhschool.com/math/2009/ca/assets/factdash.html (Great site for practicing addition and subtraction facts.) In math icons too.
- Around the World in 80 Seconds - http://www.missmaggie.org/scholastic/roundtheworld_eng_launcher.html (Great site for practicing addition and subtraction facts.) IIn math icons too.
- Math Game Time: 1st Grade - http://www.mathgametime.com/grade/1st-grade (Fun math games. They have this for all elementary grade levels.) - In math icons too.
- Nourish Interactive - http://www.nourishinteractive.com/kids/healthy-games (A website about healthy choices.)
Indoor Recess / Free Choice Time (Website Name & Link)
- Primary Games - http://top100kidsgames.primarygames.com
- The Kidz Page - http://www.thekidzpage.com/freekidsgames/
- Discovery Kids Games - http://kids.discovery.com/gaming
- Nick Jr. Games - http://www.nickjr.com/kids-ad-entry.html?url=/kids-games/
- Mattel Games - http://www.mattel.com/games
- Poptropica - http://www.poptropica.com
- Disney Jr. Games - http://disneyjunior.com/games
- Club Penguin - http://www.clubpenguin.com/?country=US
- Rainbow Magic - http://www.rainbowmagiconline.com/games/
- Knowledge Adventure: First Grade - http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/grade/1st-grade-games.aspx
- Cool Math Games - http://www.coolmath-games.com
- Some School Games - http://www.someschoolgames.com
- PBS Kids Games - http://pbskids.org/games/
- Nat Geo Games - http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/actiongames/
- Kids Games - http://www.kidsgames.org
- Mini Clips - http://www.miniclip.com/games/genre-482/kids/en/
- Friv - http://www.friv.com
Now I am sure you are wondering… "How do I set up the icons?" Well… you will find the steps below.
STEP #1 - Copy the link of the website you would like to create an icon for.
STEP #2 - Click on a blank "box" on your Symbaloo page.
STEP #3 - Click on "Create a Tile"
STEP #4 - Paste you link and name it. Choose your tile color. Then choose your icon to represent that site. (Sometimes an icon is provided OR you can choose an icon from the icon library. Below is what this part looks like.)
STEP #5 - Click "save"
There you have it. It is as simple as that. I hope you love Symbaloo as much as I do. Just give it a try!