Free educational online games for kids: Reading, spelling, writing, word games | Examiner.com

Parents, does it worry you how much your kids play phone or online games? Do you worry that their reading skills will stagnate if they play too many online games? Well, here's a workaround--turn them on to online word games for kids and Internet reading games. Here are free online games for kids, including word games, reading games and spelling games. These reading games can be played on computers or cellphones. Teachers, use these online games for kids to boost not only reading skills, but spelling, grammar, syntax, vocabulary and writing skills. Playing online word games helps visual tracking, perceptual acuity and typing skills, too.  Free educational online games for kids: Reading, spelling, writing, word games | Examiner.com

Memorial Day: American history war movies, literature based films on US wars

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May is also called Remembrance Day and Decoration Day. The purpose is to honor the dead, especially veterans killed in war or in the line of duty. Here are literature based films for Memorial Day and war movies for American history lessons on US wars and American war history. These literature based films present a timeline was US wars.  Memorial Day: American history war movies, literature based films on US wars | Examiner.com

Best movies for moms and daughters, to watch with your mom on Mothers Day

 Need some great movies for moms and daughters to enjoy with your mom on Mothers Day? Maybe you've lost your mother and need some heart therapy. Whether you're a mom, grandma, adoptive mom, foster mom, surrogate mom, primary care-giver, aunt, step-mom, godmother or you were born of a mother, watch these movies for moms and daughters. You'll laugh and cry--sometimes both at once. Best movies for moms and daughters, to watch with your mom on Mothers Day | Examiner.com

Free printable Pete's Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon, dragons coloring pages

Everything's coming up dragons. Disney's "Pete's Dragon" remake comes out August 12, 2016, almost 40 years after the original Pete's Dragon. The pot is simmering on Dreamworks "How to Train Your Dragon 3" too. Want free printable Pete's Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon coloring pages and printables of dragons? Sure you do.   Free printable Pete's Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon, dragons coloring pages | Examiner.com

Orca whale Tilikum is dying: Captive 'Blackfish' killer whale sick of SeaWorld | Examiner.com

 The orca whale named Tilikum is dying, reported Live Science on March 10. Tilikum is the notorious "killer whale" who turned real killer and drowned three people including trainer Dawn Brancheau in front of an audience at SeaWorld in 2010. Tilikum was profiled in the documentary "Blackfish." Blackfish posed the question that captivity at SeaWorld drove Tilikum mad and caused him to behave aggressively. Now the question is: did SeaWorld kill the killer whale by deprivations of captivity? Tilikum has a bacterial respiratory infection and is in great pain. But at 35, the orca has outlived many of his "in the wild" counterparts, experts say. Orca whale Tilikum is dying: Captive 'Blackfish' killer whale sick of SeaWorld | Examiner.com

Dr Seuss lesson plans on psychology, sociology, health in National Reading Month

March 2 celebrates the birthday of a modern-day Socrates, Dr. Seuss, Kids read Dr Seuss books for National Reading Month in March. But Dr. Seuss is not just for children. Grownups need his candy-colored, but not sugar-coated Tao, too. Here are National Reading Month lesson plans on 10 classic Seuss books for use in high school psychology, health and sociology classes.  Dr Seuss lesson plans on psychology, sociology, health in National Reading Month | Examiner.com

Free printable Inkheart lesson plans: Cornelia Funke Inkspell, Inkdeath lessons | Examiner.com

March is National Reading Month, and what better time to explore best loved children's literature classics? The movie Inkheart was based on a trilogy of books by Cornelia Funke, including Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath. This wonderful set of medieval type fantasy literature continues to thrill readers as the film did in 2009. Destined to become a children's literature classic, here are free printable Inkheart lesson plans, fantasy coloring pages and activities based on the Cornelia Funke collection. Check EdHelper for free printable Inkheart book activities. Scholastic has a free printable Inkheart literature guide for Cornelia Funke books Inkspell and Inkdeath and companion movies.  Free printable Inkheart lesson plans: Cornelia Funke Inkspell, Inkdeath lessons | Examiner.com

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