Welcome to the Star Reading Blog! On this site you will find many links that will help students improve their reading and math skills and have fun at the same time.
Each post of this blog will link to a different educational website, and will also highlight the best features of the website. We will also try to categorize these sites by grade level so that students can easily find a link appropriate for their age and skills.
There are so many helpful, interesting, and enjoyable places to visit on the internet! We hope you enjoy this blog and use it as your guide to all things fun and educational on the World Wide Web.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Here is a unique site perfect for students who love to listen to books. Storyline Online offers many videos of talented actors reading favorite storybooks. The video footage switches between shots of the actor reading, and shots of the book's illustrations. There are even optional captions, so that the student can read along. The site also provides lists of activities related to each book, which students and parents can work on together. All in all, Storyline Online takes a simple idea and executes it beautifully. Children of any age can listen to the storybooks. The activities are geared toward older students, probably grade 3 or so. Check it out!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Butterfly in the sky.... I can fly twice as high!
The wonderful PBS kids show Reading Rainbow now has a great interactive website, designed to encourage a love of books and reading among children ages 4-8.
On the Reading Rainbow site, kids can find lists and descriptions of books that have been featured on the show. There are also several interactive games, and several fun printables.
Students might also enjoy reading the stories featured on the Young Writers and Illustrators Contest page. Reading these great stories written by their peers might inspire students to enter the contest themselves!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Roy the Zebra is a fun site for emerging readers. This well designed website features interactive reading games, guided reading stories, literacy worksheets, and even songs. All of the interactive reading games are listed here. Students will enjoy the 9-part guided reading story of Roy the Singing Zebra. Dive into the world of Roy the Zebra today!
Robert Munsch is the author of the beloved book Love You Forever and many other wonderful titles for children. On his official website, you can listen to the author read many of his stories! Each story takes only a minute or two to download and will be a fun addition to any child's mp3 collection. Listening to stories being read by this great author can help students remain excited about reading throughout the summer. Go to the Storytime page and get started!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
One way to get kids hooked on reading is to introduce them to a series of books with characters they can love. Random House has a section on their website that is just for kids, and that features "mini-sites" for several of their best-loved series, such as Junie B, Magic Tree House, Thomas and Friends, Barenstain Bears, and more. For a full list of the mini-sites offered by Random House, click here. Students will have fun exploring all the activities offered on this site!