Friday, February 5, 2016

Literacy Websites for Fun and Learning

Literacy Websites for Fun and Learning

You've asked for a review, so here you go ... This page contains educational resources to be aware of and many links to other educational websites for kids, parents and teachers to use at home and/or at school.  

You can go to these sites and learn while having fun! 

Click on a title and it will take you there.

A Parent Guide to reading and writing with your child:
There are lots of sites on this page for you to visit ... Just keep scrolling all the way down, you'll see them! These sites are appropriate for all ages.


Prodigy Game (Fun and Educational)
Ask your teacher about getting on this site.

Play DOS Games online ... WORD RESCUE 1, WORD GALLERY

These are two of  my favourite games for reading (Primary grades) - click the links to see them and your kids will love them!


You call and listen to a story of your choosing!

Dial-A-Story is exactly what it sounds like. You call a number, enter the age of the child and choose between stories offered in 15 different languages.

As an educational tool for furthering your child’s ability in another language I think it might be a great resource, however as a substitute for a parent absolutely not. There’s something special about your child seeing the words as you read them and pointing at the pictures that can’t be replaced.


Click on the links to go to the site ... enjoy the reading!
TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. The collection includes Story Books, Life Learning, Puzzles & Games and Language Learning from children's book publishers such as Scholastic, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Harcourt, Little Brown, Walker and Company and others.

Tumblebook of the Day ... Click the Read Online button for today's book!
Come back tomorrow for another new book. 
Happy Tumbling!
Read-Alongs are great for emergent, struggling, and reluctant readers, as well as being an excellent tool for ESL. They are also well received by strong and accomplished readers who are excited to follow along to the narration of their favorite books. Children, who are now growing up with e-mail, instant messaging, iPods, and text messaging are early and willing adopters to this innovative online reading experience.

These are our favourite Reading Websites:
Click the red title or link
Storyline Online - This great website has famous 
actors and actresses reading quality children’s fiction.  You get to see all of the pictures, just as if you were listening to a live read aloud.  This is a great way to expose students to quality read alouds – perfect for ESL students and low income families who may not have access to English books being read aloud.

Mighty Book – This website has great, animated stories for kids to listen to.  This is also a great way to expose students to quality read alouds – perfect for ESL students and low income families who may not have access to English books being read aloud.

Between the Lions – This website is based on the PBS show Between the Lions.  It has great stories, with the words underneath.  for students to watch.  There are also games based on these stories.

Bitesize – This UK based website has fabulous reading games and lessons on a variety of topic.  The KeyStage 1 site has lessons on phonics, spelling, alphabetical order, and rhyming words.  The KeyStage 2 site has lessons on deductions, poetry, dictionary and finding information.  
We Give Books – This website is owned by Pearson Foundation, and has hundreds of e-books available for kids to read for free.  In addition, the foundation donates books to kids in need around the world for all of your time spent on this site.  You can sort the books by content and age appropriateness. 

Andersen’s Fairy Tales – This website has links to Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, games about the tales and information about the author himself.
Time for Kids -  Real life reading is the most important type of reading.  Time for Kids provides kids with reading about today’s current events.  There are real life articles on topics that interest children.
Reading Planet – Kids Books’ Authors – This website gives information about all of the best kids’ authors and illustrators.  The information is written in interview format, which is a great for introducing kids to different reading formats.
Giggle Poetry – Read and Rate – This site has hundreds of poems for kids to read and rate.  It’s a great way to get kids excited about reading!

Elementary Story Place
 – This website has many topics that interest kids. For each topic,
there is a story where kids get to make the decisions, there is also an activity and a list of books about that topic.


EZTales - There are over 1000 animated story books for ages 2 - 8. Wonderful site.

These accomanying sites are incredible too ... Some are already featured on our site, but you need to check these sites below - they will amaze you and kids will love them!

Some other wonderful sites for children to use ... have fun!
shhhhh, don't tell them it's learning

Handwriting without Tears


Dance Mat Typing


Funology ... The Science of Having Fun

 Room 108

Room 108 is a Primary Education Site for Students and Teachers. There are over 1900 pages of Kids Games and Teacher Resources for children learning. A great resource for Grade One and Kindergarten Games! Click for a site directory. Lots of Free Worksheets and Free Educational Resources for kids in Elementary Schools.

 Ramo Games
On this site, there are hundreds of kids games, geography games, iPhone games, math games, puzzles, and other educational games for kids, parents, and teachers. New kids educational games added regularly.


The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) makes this site possible ... you've got famous people reading story books to kids.  The stories are good and the reading is fun for kids.  Close to 20 books now available for kids to click and follow along. 



Audiobook Cloud is your online audio library.

Go online and listen to Classics, Fiction, Non-Fiction,  and Children stories ... a nice and easy site to navigate. Yes, it's free!


Do you want to have some fun remembering the good old days ... well, do it with your kids.  Go to the website and hear all-time favourite theme songs (good quality not midi) and challenge your kids to figure them out.  You can also be challenged to figure the latest TV Tunes.


Homework Help, is FREE for all to use and you know what? - It is easy and a useful tool for learning.  Visit the site by clicking the title above or the card below. 


The SpellingCity website has over 42,000 words with customizable sentences and definitions ... Have fun!

 ICDL book logo
    Provides free access to children's books from   
    around the world. The ICDL collection includes
    4469 books in 55 languages.

ABC mouse offers 6 academic levels of kids' education  abcmouse.bmp
The Step-by-Step Learning Path presents the full curriculum in a carefully designed program of more than 450 lessons in six levels. As your child completes each lesson, he or she is guided to the next one and is motivated to continue learning by’s Tickets and Rewards System.
You get the first month free and then it's about $8 per month. Fantastic site and very easy for parents to use (and teachers too).

A web-based literacy program for boys. Their mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers. Offers a list of books recommended by the webmaster, children's author Jon Sczieska, and others suggested by visitors to the website.  

Play Kids Games provides free online kids games that are both fun and educational. Aimed at ages pre-K through grade 6, Play Kids Games offers kids a safe environment to discover their abilities and learn new skills with interactive and fun computer games. The games build skills in math, logic, memory, vocabulary, alphabet, spelling, geography, computer skills, color identification, shape identification and other various problem solving.

This website's commitment to parents, teachers, and kids, is to connect learning Play-kids-games.jpgand skill building with a sense of challenge, fun, and self esteem. From the fun of "Alphabet Whack-a-Mole" to the skill building "Math Fact Practice", the hope is that will be a part of our future generation's ongoing experience and development.

Create vocabulary lists and math problems for pinball or word lists for word search. Your vocabulary lists will automatically show in Word Find as well. It is easy! Just create a login, add your class page detail, and create lists! Your lists will automatically show up in the games!

Storybird - Artful storytelling
Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print. Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. They're curiously fun. You can embed them in a blog or wiki ... you can even make them into books (you pay for this feature). All in all, the website gives you tutorials on how to sign-up, setup a class, use the program, and produce good looking stories.

YouTube ... Fractured Fairytalesfractured2.jpg

Choose a video and watch a classic fairytale warped into something different. Use these as a jumping point to create your own "Fractured  Fairytales. 

Students enjoy reading well-known stories - but, with a twist!
Whether it's The Princess and the Rutabaga or Big Blue Riding Hood, invite your children to turn familiar fairy tales upside down and inside out—and to have fun. This interactive tool gives students a choice of three fairy tales to read. They are then guided to choose a variety of changes, which they use to compose a fractured fairy tale to print off and illustrate. Useful for teaching point of view, setting, plot, as well as fairy tale conventions such as they lived happily ever after, this tool encourages students to use their imaginations and the writing process at the same time. The various lessons use interactive involvement starting in Kindergarten and moving right up to Grade 8.

Visit the site and have your reader listen to and interact with an online reading of a book ... Lots of classics, versions of well-known stories, and newly written stories to choose from.  Click on the title  above and go to the website ... have fun!

A great website ... started in 2002 as a free public service to motivate children to read using phonics (and phonemic awareness). This site is perfect for pre-school, JK, SK, grades 1, 2, and even English language development (ESL, ELL). It's easy enough for teachers or parents to get on the site and start to use it right away. Your kids will like it too. Shhh!! Don't tell them they're reading.

 YouTube ... Cool School Stories
 Watch these neat little stories with some interaction involved.  Start with Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and then you choose which story you want to get involved with ... fun and easy to get engaged in!


Reading Games ... Flash Learning for Grades JK to 3

Learn Dolch Sight Words: Try these Macromedia Flash Learning Games ... Brought to you by the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library - They have provided this easy-to-use site for students and teachers.  The focus is on READING ... Students can play various games like MATCHING, SENTENCE BUILDING, SIGHT WORD STORIES, PICTURE WORDS, and CREATE A STORY.  This is an interactive site that young students will have fun and learn.



Literactive - Teaching Children to Read 
Literactive is one of the leading providers of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child's reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner. All the material is available for free from this site but you need to register. You can select activities focussing on ... PHONICS, GUIDED READING, READING SKILLS ACTIVITIES, E-POETRY, E-PICTURE BOOKS (independent reading), BLMs to download and even ESL (Spanish). Teachers can use the site in the classroom and even provide link to parents.



Math Snacks ... You'll Never Go Hungry

Smart and yummy educational animations, mini–games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts.
This website is absolutely amazing - even the oldest students will enjoy the bits and bites this site gives.  A truly fantastic site to watch, play, print out, write, and play some more. I can't say enough about this site. So, if you and your students have the appetite to dive for a deeper understanding of math, your classroom could be ready for a math snack.
Learn more about the awesome development team behind Math Snacks and visit the download page for all that is available - FREE. Make sure you check out those great accompanying resources found in the PDF files for students and teachers. Most appropriate for Grades 5 and up. Bon appetit!

The Literacy Centre ... Early Childhood Stuff
A collection of early reading games  
(interactive/web based) for early literacy    development (K-1). Very easy to use and havesuccess in your learning. 


Children's Storybooks Online

Here are more ebooks and online reading ... More books, more fun, more learning (shhh, don't say this too loud). Some books you just read by yourself while others have accompanying audio. Fabulous for primary kids and the young at heart.


Using Websites ... FREE to learn with!

This is just that, Fun for your brain! And these "games" are not just for the little kids. This site includes fun engaging activities that even an eighth grader would like ... okay, I even had some fun on this site! Funbrain offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. As an added attraction, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, andAmelia.

This is a fantastic website to use.  It just keeps getting better and better all the time.  You can make amazing things happen to plain old pictures.

Check it out and keep an eye on the time as you will be doing this stuff for hours and before you know it, it's tomorrow.

Videolicious is a super easy app to use with your ipod or smart phone ... make neat videos in 3 easy steps ... great little projects for students when away on class trips, sports outings, or on family vacations. Check it out - click the title or picture and go to the site and download the app ... FREE!

Teachers, Students, and Parents of Students in District School boards - The Ontario Educational Resource Bank is password protected. Contact your local school board for information about using these resources.  You may search for the resources by grade, subject/course, strand, overall expectations, and/or keywords.
Teachers and parents can access literally thousands of activities, videos, clips, and other links to more activities.  The site is password protected and passwords are available via the AICT Dept. of TCDSB.

Great place for teachers to start ... Comics and literacy ... means have fun and learn. Engage your students/children to go beyond what YOU see.  Make comics and share with friends and family! 
Show them HOW and they'll show you WHAT. Click on the icon to go on! Ask Mr. Masciarelli for the username and password for the DELUXE Version [FREE] download it and use it - no strings attached, just creative fun and learning!

This link is from the Toronto Police ... we encourage schools to encourage parents to watch the video link and teach their children how to call 9-1-1. This is part of a current awareness campaign of not only how to use 9-1-1, but also proper use of the system.Please, encourage all to watch.

From our KLP staff comes this great site for everyone to use. Ask your child to see his/her teacher for the username and password.  Then, enjoy!

Available for all parents and children to access and use all summer long.  Also, it is there for all teachers all year long too.  Click the pictures to take you to the interactive site.

Photostory is presentation software made by Microsoft ... it is readily available to download FREE over the internet.  You make really nice presentations (.wmv) to watch on your computer or over the internet.  Easy enough for Grade 1 kids to use and adults too!​​​

Just in case you missed it up top - These sites are just incredible ... Some are already featured on our site, but you must check them out.

Ministry of Education-Ontario:

Ministry Of Education Podcasts:
The Ministry of Education together with the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat has produced video podcasts that support your child’s learning.

Recommended Websites for Parents:

Summer Literacy Activities:

Motivating Boys to Read:

Tips to Encourage Reading as a Family:

Nurturing the Love of Literacy:
Make comics and have fun ... literacy at its best.

Ask your teacher for the class code and login.

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