Reading Websites

 http://www.storylineonline.net

Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books.  Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube or SchoolTube.  Rainbow FishWilfrid Gordon Macdonald Partridge, and To Be a Drum are just a few of the books available.


http://readtomelv.com

Similar to Storyline Online, Read to Me features popular children’s books being read by famous performers.  There are activity guides with hands-on ideas, discussion questions, and lesson plans that can easily be adapted to the Common Core State Standards.  Entirely free, the site is colorful and engaging.


http://wegivebooks.org

A Pearson Foundation Initiative, We Give Books offers students a unique opportunity to read for social good.  Each book that is read results in a book that is donated to a charity for children.  While the books are not read aloud, they allow students to practice “Read to Self” with a good fit book during center time.  There are books for children in preschool through fourth grade.


http://starfall.com

While some areas of Starfall are part of their premium service, they have many early reader stories available for free.  Students can follow along as the story is read to them and can, in some instances, help create their own story.  The website is highly engaging and a favorite of young readers.


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/online-storytime-books-toys/379003588/

From The Kissing Hand read by author Audrey Wood toPinkalicious read by Victoria Kann, Barnes and Noble’s Online Storytime has popular children’s books read out loud.  While there are no supplemental materials to accompany the stories, this free site is perfect for “Listen to Reading” stations.

Note:  The first story begins right away when the page opens so be sure that your volume is adjusted accordingly before clicking the link.


http://abcya.com

Children can listen to short stories read aloud to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  ABCya! has a variety of educational games in addition to the featured stories.  Free resources and materials are available for grades K through 5.


http://www.storynory.com/

Storynory features a collection of original, fairytale, and classic children’s audio stories.  Students can follow along with the story as it is read to them, as the text is also included on the site.  There are also some great features available that give you the option of downloading the audio to your computer, listening to “catch phrase” explanations, translating text into different languages (especially helpful for your ELL students!), and more


http://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html

National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students.  Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  It is a great way to bring interesting non-fiction stories into reading center time.


http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

After registering for a free account, you have access to over 250 children’s audio books that can be used in the classroom.  The book text is not part of the presentation, so students will not be able to follow along as it is read to them.


Math Websites

http://Funbrain.com

Find math games by topic or by grade at FunBrain.  Students will enjoy playing a variety of math games that reinforce concepts and engage young learners


http://Mathblaster.com

The message to Math Blaster’s is clear:  “Your success depends on your ability to use your brain and logic skills.”  With a space/alien theme, Math Blaster’s lets your students become intergalactic heros based on their math operation and critical thinking skills.  Registration is required, but the game itself is free


http://HoodaMath.com

Logic and reasoning, math fact practice, and more make up the free educational games at Hooda Math.  There are quite a few games that call for higher order thinking and ask students to problem solve to complete the activities.


http://MathGameTime.com

Designed for students from Pre-K through 7th Grade, Math Game Time offers fun, educational games.  From games like Integer War, Ratio Martian, and Jet Ski Addition, students quickly engage with games that are on-target for their grade and the Common Core Standards.


http://MathPlayground.com

Play with Numbers and Give Your Brain a Workout” is the motto of Math Playground.  Assign students games to play related to logic, number skills practice, geometry, algebra, probability, fractions and more.  There are also math word problems and video instruction to help students remember how to solve them


http://www.nsa.gov/kids/home.shtml

America’s CryptoKids website is sponsored by the NSA and focuses on codemaking and codebreaking.  Students can learn more about cryptology and create and break common codes.  There are student resources, high school programs, and even college programs that can be explored.  While the site may not focus on basic math skills, cryptology requires critical thinking that essential to student success.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/

Math practice with a bit of British humor is what Bitesize is all about.  Based off of Britain’s standards, the site still offers ample practice with decimals, factors and multiples, addition and subtraction, and more.  The games are amusing, but the skill practice is substantial.


http://www.coolmath-games.com/

Coolmath-Games has exactly what the name implies – fun and unique math learning opportunities for students.  One of the most interesting features is an online jigsaw puzzle section that features a variety of photos turned into puzzles.  This is especially helpful for developing spatial relations in young learners.  They have an extensive preview and review of Precalculus and Calculus in addition to their elementary and middle school games and reviews.
It is a comprehensive site worth examining.


Typing Websites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

Dancemat- A fun colorful website with animation and games introducing touch typing to children aged 7 to 11.


http://www.abcya.com/kids_typing_games.htm

ABCYa- Typing Games for Kids!


http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html

Learning typing is the focus of these keyboarding games.  Learning keyboarding skills is vital for today's learners and tomorrow's earners.  These free typing games are a great way to build typing skills.  Keyboarding games teach important skills through a variety of online typing lessons and typing games... oh yeah, they're fun!




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