As we navigate the web, it seems there are more and more eBooks available for children to read. I wish I was growing up in this day and age! For parents (and teachers alike!), it can be confusing and challenging to navigate the web and decide which websites will be useful for your child. For myself, I have decided to create this page to remind me of all that I have learned in my 15+ years of teaching. I forget about all sorts of useful websites as time goes on! Thank you to all my friends and colleagues who have recommended these sites over the years.
I have included some of my favourite websites for reading. Some websites are only suitable and accessible for teachers, and some are suitable for children. Read the brief description below each website to help you!
Designed for Teachers: ReadWorks is a website for teachers that is designed to improve reading comprehension. It is an U.S. based website, but the content for teachers is invaluable. It has leveled reading passages for students, novel study units, and more....You do have to sign up, but signing up is free!
ReadWriteThinkis an excellent website for teachers that is designed to improve overall literacy skills. There are fantastic interactive tools and resources to help engage students in the classroom. So many lesson plans.....enjoy!
ThinkCERCA is a website for teachers that is designed to improve overall literacy skills. It is great for developing critical literacy skills---something we definitely need in today's society!
BusyTeacherCafe---is a website for teachers that contains MANY great sheets for a Balanced Literacy Program.
Designed for Both Students and Teachers:
k12 Reader is a great website for FREE language worksheets!
RAZ KIDSis one of the websites we will be using for Guided and Independent Reading. Passwords will be provided at the beginning of the year! TumbleBooksis a fantastic website for children. You must have your Toronto Public Library Card to access this site for free! Go visit your local library!
Read Theory is a website that I will be using this year for Guided Reading. Students will visit this website at least once per week. Reading Rainbow is a series that I grew up with as a child and absolutely loved. These are eBooks and videos that any K-6 student can watch. For $50 a year, you have unlimited access....and yes, there is an APP for that!
KidsSpaceis a page in the Toronto Public Library site that has all sorts of fun activities for students to play and learn. Click on "Books and Stories" to access Tumblebooks, an on-line library for students. I love reading TUMBLE BOOKS!
Storyline Online is a website that has celebrities read stories online to children. Every Remembrance Day, I watch Enemy Pie with my students....one of my favourite books!
Newsela is a website for both students and teachers that contains international news articles written at a student's reading comprehension level. You do have to sign up, but signing up is free!
TeachingKidsNewsis a website that I will use in my classroom to encourage children to read about what is happening in our world. It is a great one!
Time for Kidsis another great website that I use. It is based on TIME magazine, and contains all sorts of non-fiction articles for students to read.
National Geographic for Kids is a TOP website for children to learn about science and geography. Many non-fiction articles are on this website for children to peruse.
ABCMOUSE is a great resource for your wee ones. It has all sorts of beginning activities for students just starting to read! You do have to pay for this one, but it is cheaper than buying books from a Bookstore!
Headsprout is one of the best websites that I have found that teach children how to read. This is the gateway to Reading A-Z (an on-line leveled library for kids) and many more. Again, you do have to pay for a subscription, but if your child is struggling to read, it is well worth the money! And yes, there is an APP for this one as well!