Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Storyline Online

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

Reading Rainbow

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!