Reading Online: Tools to Help Young Readers
Wednesday, August 11Laura Buffington Room 208 Audience: Elementary Teachers
LEQ: How can online tools be used to help students develop good reading skills and habits (such as fluency, CAPS, comprehension, phonics, phonemic awareness, etc.)?
Interactive Web Sites
Use interactive web sites for mini-lessons, read alouds, centers, and computer lab lessons. Balance teacher-selected stories and allow opportunities for student choice.
Starfall http://www.starfall.com/
K-2; interactive games and stories (mostly phonics)
International Children’s Library http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
K-6; full text stories from around the world
Storyline Online http://www.storylineonline.net/
K-6; listen to children's literature read by famous members of the Screen Actor's Guild
Children's Storybooks Online http://www.magickeys.com/books/
K-Young Adult; full text, some with audio
ABC Fast Phonics http://www.abcfastphonics.com/index.html
K-1; sister site to Children's Storybooks, phonics lessons with audio


Roy- Tale of a Singing Zebra http://www.roythezebra.com/index.html
K-2; phonics games, guided reading books (to project), worksheets, songs
eBooks for Young Readers http://www.saskschools.ca/~ebooks/index.htm
K-2; guided reading books to project or print, some may be edited, some have Canada focus
Literactive http://www.literactive.com/Home/index.asp (login)K-2; animated nursery rhymes, guided reading books, and poetry, picture books, worksheets
Book Adventure http://www.bookadventure.com/ (login) K-8; free sign-up, create classes and keep track of student progress, students can use a tool to help them find books at their reading level and interest, printable games, online quizzes for books students have read, prizes can be received for accumulating various numbers of points, printable awards
Reading is Fundamental http://www.rif.org/kids/leadingtoreading/en/preschoolers.htm
K-2; click on the whale to listen to quality children's literature, games more geared to K
Into the Book http://reading.ecb.org/index.html
K-5; great resource for teachers w/ videos and lessons plans for teaching 8 reading strategies, student are has interactive games to practice each strategy, can combine strategies as well, games would be done whole group with younger students, older students could do independently, many of the monthly focus strategies included


Between the Lions http://pbskids.org/lions/stories/
K-2; online games, stories, video clips, many downloadable video resources as well
Clifford http://teacher.scholastic.com/clifford1/index.htm
K-2; read/listen to books, play games, print activities/crafts
Kids Corner (Beatrix Potter) http://wiredforbooks.org/kids.htm
Read many Beatrix Potter stories along with other classic children's literature
Lil’ Fingers http://www.lil-fingers.com/storybooks/index.php
K-1; listen to stories, play games
Mighty Books http://www.mightybook.com/story_books.html
K-2; subscription required for full access but many free stories w/ audio, poems, worksheets, songs
Berenstain Bears http://www.berenstainbears.com/
K-3; interactive books (no audio, good for projection), videos, activities


Story Place http://www.storyplace.org/storyplace.asp
K-3; interactive stories, games and printable activities
Wacky Web Tales http://www.eduplace.com/tales/
3+; Mad Libs
SoftSchools http://www.softschools.com/language_arts/phonics/
K-Middle School; specific phonics/grammar/reading games, flashcards, worksheets
Book Builder http://bookbuilder.cast.org/
K-12; create your own books w/ audio and questions during the story or search already made books, view/listen online, print or download
Spot http://www.funwithspot.com/us/
K-2; read Spot stories, write your own Check out your favorite author/book character web sites as well for online resources! Post what you find on the discussion tab!
Children’s Books Online http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library.htm (Page Zipper)K-Adult; many books, more traditional/older versions, some with audio


Online Tools
Read the Words http://www.readthewords.com/ (login)

You can add a button for these tools right in your browser.
Page Zipper http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/pagezipper

Readability http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability/

TidyRead http://tidyread.com/


Computer Controls
Zoom In CTRL +
Zoom Out CTRL –
Dragnifier http://www.halley.cc/stuff/dragnifier.html

What other tools do you currently use? Post to the wiki Discussion Tab at the top to collaborate with the group!
Turn and Talk Summarizer: What tool do you feel you can implement immediately? How will you incorporate the tool into your classroom?

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