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!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Fun Brain is a site with a lot going on. There are many links to other sites and ads. The most valuable section of FunBrain for students is the Math Arcade. Students can enter their gender and age, choose a game piece, and move through a variety of fun math games. Check it out!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
This site is directed at parents and is chock full of good information for helping your children succeed at reading. Reading Rockets has many helpful articles, videos, and links for parents working to improve their kids' reading skills.
Prongo.com offers games for students in preschool - 6th grade. The games for preschoolers are less educational, as they mainly focus on practicing with the computer mouse. For older students, however, Prongo.com has a variety of good games, with a focus on math. Simply click on your age group to see a list of available games. Batter's Up Baseball, Lemonade Larry, and Farm Stand are a few of the fun math games you can try at Prongo.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
There are a lot of great games on Funschool! It can be a little confusing to navigate, however. We were able to find lists of games organized by grade level, so we will post links to those lists for your convenience:
Preschool games here.
Kindergarten - 2nd grade games here.
3rd and 4th grade games here.
There are games that focus on both reading and math, as well as science.
One down-side to Funschool is that there are a lot of advertisements on the site. Parents, you may want to point these out to your students so they don't accidentally click on them and leave the Funschool site.
Scholastic.com is an extremely dense site full of educational activities for students of all ages. When you arrive at the Student Activities page of the Scholastic website, you can click on the correct tab to choose a grade level. There are many language arts and math activities listed for each grade level. You may also choose to click on Computer Lab Favorites and choose an activity by subject matter. There is a lot to explore at Scholastic.com, a great educational site with something for everyone.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Starfall.com is a website dedicated to helping children have fun while learning to read. According to the site, it is primarily designed for first grade, but also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and second grade.
The site is easy to navigate, organized into four levels: ABC's (Let's Get Ready to Read); Learn to Read; It's Fun to Read; I'm Reading. Each level of difficulty of Starfall features bright graphics and engaging activities.