Literacy Websites

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Adolescent Literacy

  • AdLit.org- Carnegie Corporation of New York's site containing a wide range of research and resources on adolescent literacy, including the reports: Reading Next, Writing Next, and more.
  • Izzit.org - This website provides a different daily news article with a series of discussion questions every weekday throughout the school year. These questions are designed to encourage critical thinking, challenge assumptions, and provoke lively classroom discussion.

Audiobooks

  • Lit2Go - Lit2Go is a free on-line resource of stories and books in mp3 format. Selections are available in audio and PDF formats. Reading levels of passages are given.
  • Storynory - Free audio books for students.
  • Story Line Online -- This site has members of the Screen Actors Guild reading children's books aloud. It includes activities to use with the books.
  • Loud Lit - A website committed to delivering public domain literature paired with high quality audio performances.
  • Kansas Library Audiobooks - Downloadable books.
  • Read After Us - A website that provides free texts and audio clips (read by high school students) to help students around the world with their language skills.
  • Classic Books - Free classic audiobooks.

Author Websites

  • Jan Brett - This site has links to a multitude of free activities, coloring pages, projects, videos and other reading related resources.
  • Reading Rockets - You can download author podcasts (audio and video).

Blogs

Comics

  • Comic Life Templates - A great website with examples and downloadable templates to integrate Comic Life into the curriculum.
  • Comic Life Sites - A site with a list of websites, lessons, and ideas for using comics in the classroom.
  • Befunky - A site where you can upload photos and make cartoons or uvatars.
  • Make Beliefs Comix - An online comic strip creator.

Cyberguides

Fluency: Reader's Theatre Scripts

  • Reading A to Z - leveled fluency passages and reader's theatre scripts to download. (Membership Fee)
  • Teaching Heart - Free Reader's Theatre scripts and resources.
  • Aaron Shepard- Free Reader's Theatre scripts and resources.

Fluency: Assessment Resources

Graphic Organizer Websites
Newspaper Websites
  • Newspaper Clippings - Fodey.com is a place you can create newspaper clippings of your own stories. You type in the name of the newspaper, date, headline, and write the article and it generates a newspaper clipping.
  • New York Times - A student newspaper site for grades 3-12.
  • Newspaper in Education Links - Sue LeBeau's site with links to newspaper and journalism links.
Phonemic Awareness

Phonics: Student Interactive Websites

  • BBC Words and Pictures - This site works on cvc, consonant clusters,long vowels, high frequency words, and early writing skills.
  • Gamegoo - A website to practice a variety of early literacy skills in grades K-2.
  • Starfall- An interactive site for grades K-1.
  • Adrain Bruce - An interactive site working on all areas of phonics including structural analysis. Appropriate for grades K-3.
  • Sadlier-Oxford - A website focusing on phonics and word study for grades prek-6.

Phonics: Teacher Resources Websites

  • School Bell
  • Scholastic Phonics - The Phonics Skills Chart is a grade-level guide from preschool through sixth grade that outlines the progression of phonics competencies for the classroom.
  • http://www.jmeacham.com/ - Here is a GREAT website for K-1 teachers.
  • Flyleaf - Decodable text to practice phonetic skills.
  • Reading A to Z - Downloadable decodable books. (Membership Fee)
  • Carl's Corner - Great website with a variety of downloadable activities and manipulatives to use for reading and writing.
  • www.free-reading.net - This site has a lot of great tools to use for free!

Poetry

Publishing Sites (books, newsletters, cards, and more)

  • Mixbook - Create beautiful photobooks. This site allows you to collaborate with others to create a book. Free.
  • LetterPop - An online newsletter generator. All newsletters can be printed and saved. Free.

Resources

  • Tammy Worcester is the instructional technology specialist at ESSDACK. She created this website which provide teachers with technology tips.
  • Flyleaf - Decodable text to practice phonetic skills.
  • Izzit.org - This website provides a different daily news article with a series of discussion questions every weekday throughout the school year. These questions are designed to encourage critical thinking, challenge assumptions, and provoke lively classroom discussion.
  • Newbery Awards--ALA list of medal and honor winners.
  • William Allen White Children's Book Awards for 2007-2008.
  • Thinkfinity--Thinkfinity is the cornerstone of Verizon Foundation's Literacy, Education and Technology initiatives. This free, comprehensive digital learning platform is built upon the merger of two highly-acclaimed programs well-known to educators Verizon MarcoPolo and the Thinkfinity Literacy Network. Thinkfinity is designed to improve learning in traditional settings and beyond the classroom by providing high-caliber content and professional development needed to improve student education and literacy achievement anytime, anywhere, at no cost.

Student Interactive

  • Funbrain--this site has vocabulary, phonics and other reading skills.
  • BBC Website - Activities for grades K-7.
  • This is an online dictionary for children to use from Enchanted Learning. It is called Little Explorers.
  • Starfall - This site provides K-2 students practice with phonics, on-line stories and games. Seasonal activities are also available.
  • Phonemic Awareness Website-this site has phonemic awareness activities and assessments.

Vocabulary: Assessments

  • San Diego Quick Test - San Diego Quick Test: A quick test to determine reading level based on a list of vocabulary words.
Vocabulary: Student Interactive
  • Tech Teachers - A list of interactive sites for learning vocabulary.

Vocabulary: Teacher Resources

Vocabulary: Word Wall, Dolch and Fry Words

Wikis and Blogs