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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:
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.
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.http://pbskids.org/lions/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Step-by-Step Learning Path presents the full ABCmouse.com 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 ABCmouse.com’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 and 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 PlayKidsGames.com 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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] ..you 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.
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.