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These educator-reviewed resources from TeachersFirst offer audio books so all students, including emerging readers and ESL/ELL learners, can experience literature and other reading selections in audio form to reinforce and inspire literacy skills and enjoyment. Be sure to explore each site, as many include multiple categories of books and different download or listening formats. Some selections are audio only. Others include text to follow on the site as you listen, while others include options to interact with the book by clicking, responding, and watching animations. The helpful reviews suggest ideas for ways to use the audio books in the classroom or outside of school to reinforce literacy skills, improve English skills, or study literature in new ways. Narrow your search by choosing TeachersFirst's specialized collections of audio books with accompanying text or audio books with interactive features.

 

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TaleTrove - TaleTrove.com

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K to 5
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TaleTrove is an online collection of user-submitted stories offered in several different formats. Click or scroll to Good Reads and choose from books for young readers (grades K-3)...more
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TaleTrove is an online collection of user-submitted stories offered in several different formats. Click or scroll to Good Reads and choose from books for young readers (grades K-3) or older readers (grades 4-5) to browse through book titles. Click on the book icon to choose from different formats to read and hear stories. Options include view as PDF, listen to mp3, or view the flipbook. Most stories include all three options; however, a few offer only one or two. Each book also includes a learning guide with suggestions for pre and post reading discussion as well as ideas for use when reading the book. The Create space menu accesses games, crafts, and other activities to explore and try. Users can submit reviews of the stories available on the site.

tag(s): audio books (29), digital storytelling (87), guided reading (40), interactive stories (29), preK (230), reading comprehension (84)

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View and listen to stories by opening up two tabs in your browser. Choose one to listen in mp3 format and the other to view using either PDF format or the flipbook reader. View and listen to stories together on your interactive whiteboard or create a link on classroom computers for students to read independently. You could even submit a "review" written by your entire class or have your more able students write one you can submit using a teacher account. Browse for other reading-related activities and crafts. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for reading practice.
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Ziggity Zoom - Ziggity Zoom LLC

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K to 3
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Ziggity Zoom provides games, activities, and craft ideas for young children. Scroll down the home page or explore menus to find the many categories and resources available. The online...more
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Ziggity Zoom provides games, activities, and craft ideas for young children. Scroll down the home page or explore menus to find the many categories and resources available. The online games include memory games, puzzles, and mazes. There are also printable craft and skill activities. Be sure to view the Story section (from a link at the very top) with several interactive books for students to read on their own (or have read to them).
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tag(s): crafts (34), digital storytelling (87), interactive stories (29), preK (230), puzzles (181), video (183)

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Introduce Ziggity Zoom on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently. Be sure to show them how to AVOID the many advertisements! Make a shortcut to individual activities on classroom computers and use it as a center. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access at home. Explore this site to find crafts and activities for classroom use.
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Author Name Pronunciation Guide - TeachingBooks.net

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1 to 12
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Hear over 1000 authors pronouncing and explaining their names. One minute audio recordings give a brief hello and some interesting facts about their name. There is also a Challenge...more
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Hear over 1000 authors pronouncing and explaining their names. One minute audio recordings give a brief hello and some interesting facts about their name. There is also a Challenge Quiz for the pronunciation of several author's names, downloadable in PDF format. Hear what the author actually sounds like and try to imagine that author sitting right next to you! (Many links on the site go to paid materials.)
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tag(s): audio books (29), authors (94)

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Make author studies come alive by having the authors introduce themselves! Add an author recording link in a QR code attached to book jackets in your classroom or school library, making your library interactive. On your class website, have your student writers make their own introductions to their written pieces using a site such as Spreaker, reviewed here. Enjoy at your literary celebration!
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National Geographic Young Explorer! - National Geographic

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K to 2
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Visit the online version of National Geographic Young Explorer! to find audio-enhanced editions of their magazine featuring text, audio readings, and illustrations. Simply click...more
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Visit the online version of National Geographic Young Explorer! to find audio-enhanced editions of their magazine featuring text, audio readings, and illustrations. Simply click to hear the words read to you. The oral reading is clear and somewhat slower than natural speech. It highlights each word as it is read. Browse through More Issues to view available stories dating back to 2007. There are teachers' guides available to help with the use of the articles. These interactive versions do not require Flash so can be used on iPads!

tag(s): audio books (29), guided reading (40), vocabulary development (103)

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Looking for some new ways to bring literacy into your science lessons? Are you implementing Common Core? Find accessible, informational texts (non-fiction) at this site. The teachers' guides have tons of information, worksheets for the students, and answer keys. The Teacher tab also includes downloadable Spanish versions of some issues as well as a Flash-based "projector" version of the issue to maximize screen size. Have your students compare information from the article to information from other sources, such as magazines, newspapers, or web pages or their own background knowledge. Have them ask or write a series of questions about the parts of the article where they would like to know more. Use this site in your BYOD classroom (with headsets or earbuds). View a story on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Set up a science/reading learning station using this website. Your ELL and learning support students will benefit from seeing and hearing the text at the same time. Set up a read-and-listen station in your library/media center too!

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Mighty Book - Mighty Book

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K to 3
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Engage young children in this colorful site, packed with songs, interactive books, art and music interactives, and emergent reading activities. Reaching a wide range of grades, this...more
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Engage young children in this colorful site, packed with songs, interactive books, art and music interactives, and emergent reading activities. Reaching a wide range of grades, this site offers over 50 different engaging activities. Visit the stories made by children. The free part of this site includes a great variety of topics: Boston Tea Party, alphabet, making mistakes, metamorphosis, Mars, a variety of popular children's songs, nouns, upper case and lower case, Beatrix Potter, jokes, Bach & Van Gogh, Mona and Beethoven, and much more! Some of the activities are also available in Spanish. There are extensive advertisements, so adults will need to help guide children away from them!
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tag(s): alphabet (88), independent reading (97), preK (230), sight words (31), songs (47)

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Introduce Mighty Book on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site for learning as a whole group, learning centers, or individual laptops for reinforcement or enrichment. Since there are extensive ads, you may want to bookmark or create shortcuts directly to the activity you want children to use and avoid having them get "lost" in the many links that take you off the site. Share the songs and discuss the lyrics and what they are teaching. Use this site in art class to introduce famous artists to even the youngest of learners. After listening to the jokes, have students make up their own jokes. Poems with activities offer a kinesthetic approach to poetry. Songs about colors and the days of the week catch your auditory learners. Share this link on your class website for students to explore (and enjoy) both in and out of the classroom.
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550 Free Audio Books - Open Culture

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4 to 12
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Explore over 500 free audio books. Scroll to below the ads to see the actual booklist. This collection includes classics and contemporary literature. Books come in a variety of ...more
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Explore over 500 free audio books. Scroll to below the ads to see the actual booklist. This collection includes classics and contemporary literature. Books come in a variety of formats, from e-files to MP3's to Youtube. The alphabetical list indicates which format or formats each book is available. This easy-to-read site is, however, cluttered with ads and links to other resources.
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tag(s): audio books (29), independent reading (97)

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Students could download independent reading books onto their portable devices. This is perfect for a BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Remind students of this great collection before breaks and summer vacations! Provide this link on your class website. Begin a classroom review magazine. Have students create mindmaps about characters or the plot. Challenge students to write summaries and other types of responses to the books they read. Have the students use a tool like Zoho Show (similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free) - reviewed here. ESL and special education students may find it useful to listen to books they are reading in class, if those titles are available.
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Literacy CLL Games - Kent County Council

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K to 2
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Literacy CLL Games offers a small but useful collection of literacy development games. Topics include phoneme practice, vocabulary development, and practice with high frequency words....more
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Literacy CLL Games offers a small but useful collection of literacy development games. Topics include phoneme practice, vocabulary development, and practice with high frequency words. There are interactive books and activities to explore. Hover your mouse over any activity icon to each interactive's purpose and a short description. Several games offer the option of offline play. Choose from the drop-down bar and open the zip file on your computer to play.

tag(s): alphabet (88), audio books (29), handwriting (16), nursery rhymes (19), phonics (69), preK (230), sounds (67), vocabulary development (103)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share some of the activities and complete them as a class. Set up a learning center for students to explore this site on their own. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students (and parents) to practice at home. Don't forget to save this one in your favorites.
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Listen and Read: Reading Activities for Early Learners - Scholastic

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K to 3
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This site offers short, non-fiction readings at two beginning levels of difficulty. You can read the story yourself or click to hear it line by line as you read. After ...more
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This site offers short, non-fiction readings at two beginning levels of difficulty. You can read the story yourself or click to hear it line by line as you read. After reading, choose a review activity such as hearing the vocabulary words again. The subjects include Community Workers, Animals, Environmental Studies, Social Studies, History, Civics & Government, and Plants & Flowers.

tag(s): audio books (29), guided reading (40), preK (230), vocabulary development (103)

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Use this site in early elementary grades to help students begin to read and interpret informational text (a key piece of Common Core). Because of its multiple levels, you can easily use this site to differentiate. Share the stories on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Assign each student a different community worker to learn about. Have the students learn three new facts about their community worker to share with the class during a social studies lesson on communities. Have your ESL/ELL or learning support students write their own comprehension questions and answers based on the information to check their own comprehension and to exchange with their classmates.

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Booktrack - Paul Cameron

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K to 12
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Booktrack offers an additional sensory experience to just reading books with the addition of soundtracks. Choose any book from the library to play the accompanying soundtrack while...more
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Booktrack offers an additional sensory experience to just reading books with the addition of soundtracks. Choose any book from the library to play the accompanying soundtrack while reading the book. Note that you must be using the Chrome web browser and free downloadable Booktalk web app (or free iOS app) to listen to books. Content includes classics such as Romeo and Juliet, children's books such as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, as well as other assorted content. Use filters to find and choose selected genres. Create your own Booktrack by uploading your own text, adding sounds and effects from Booktrack's library, then publish and share for all to enjoy! The introduction video is hosted on YouTube. If YouTube is blocked at your school, you may want to preview/learn this site at home. Creating your own Booktracks requires a free membership and the Chrome web browser or the free iOS app.

tag(s): audio books (29), ebooks (34), preK (230)

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Booktrack offers an interesting element to any reading experience and may appeal to some reluctant readers. Ask your tech department to install Chrome if you do not have it. If you have iTouches or iPad, the free app will let you play the Booktracks. Allow students to listen to a track during silent reading time. If all are reading the same text, play the Booktrack through your classroom computer speakers. Set up a class account and have students create a Booktrack to accompany creative writing projects or create your own to use with any royalty free text. These can be found at sites such as Many Books reviewed here.

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We Do Listen Foundation - We Do Listen Foundation

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K to 3
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Songs, audio books, lesson plans, songs, and more abound at this fabulous site for young children! At We Do Listen you will find activities to build character traits (such as...more
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Songs, audio books, lesson plans, songs, and more abound at this fabulous site for young children! At We Do Listen you will find activities to build character traits (such as honesty) and social skills (such as anti-bullying). There are many audio books, with text included. Choose the lessons link to find printable lessons to accompany each book to teach character traits and social skills. There is also online coloring and a place to write and color your own story! Download song videos to your computer for use at any time. Choose the color and print your own book to color on paper, computer, and create stick and paper puppets.
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tag(s): bullying (51), ebooks (34), preK (230), social skills (16)

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All primary classrooms should take advantage of this wonderful tool. Share the interactive books and songs on your projector and interactive whiteboard. Use the songs, stories, and lesson plans to teach about various character traits: honesty, anti-bullying, good sportsmanship, courage, and more. Use these stories during class meetings to discuss issues happening in your own classroom. Share a link to the site with parents as a resource for use at home. Shera the songs with your PE teacher to reinforce the concepts during movement activities.
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SMART Technology Sites - Arlys Peterson

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K to 8
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This is an extensive "hotlist" of sites and lessons to be used on the SMART Board. In addition there are many tutorials to help you learn about the SMART Board. ...more
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This is an extensive "hotlist" of sites and lessons to be used on the SMART Board. In addition there are many tutorials to help you learn about the SMART Board. This collection covers mainly grades K-5 and all subject areas. However, there are also some resources for secondary level. The topics vary greatly, and the quantity of websites is impressive. Some items will require you to have Smart Board software installed on your computer to open the files. Some files will work using the SMART Notebook Express online viewer reviewed here. Some of the resources shared are created in the United Kingdom. American English speakers may notice some slight spelling differences. Please note: some of the resources are websites that could be used on any brand of interactive whiteboard (or computer) and are not strictly Smart Board resources.

tag(s): alphabet (88), audio books (29), grammar (209), human body (89), iwb (31), manipulatives (44), maps (242), money (175), order of operations (29), poetry (211), preK (230), probability (108), problem solving (184), resources (101), rounding (21), states (157)

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These lessons are great for the new SMART Board user or the seasoned pro. Stop and think before you start about how to use them in a student centered lesson, trying some of the lesson formats that help you avoid being "Vanna." View the lessons as is or use them to help you create your own lesson. Use the training videos to help your teaching peers and new SMART Board users learn how to use the SMART Board. Many of these tools could be used on any brand of Interactive Whiteboard.
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MeeGenius - David Park

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K to 6
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MeeGenius has a free collection of on-line (audio) classic picture books for children. Listen to the stories read aloud or read them independently. The audio playback and word highlighting...more
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MeeGenius has a free collection of on-line (audio) classic picture books for children. Listen to the stories read aloud or read them independently. The audio playback and word highlighting makes these books perfect for the beginning reader. The currently available platforms for this online library include the Web, the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, and Google TV. MeeGenius invites aspiring authors and illustrators to submit their own stories. Older students can use this site as a way to create books themselves.

Be aware: There are books for sale at this site. This review is for the "Free Books" only.

tag(s): literacy (84), preK (230)

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Expand your classroom library with MeeGenius digital books. Make a shortcut to MeeGenius on classroom computers and use the site as a listening and reading center. Let students practice reading independently while simultaneously building fluency skills. If you teach a world language, have your class listen to a story and then translate it into the language they are learning. Ask your students to visit the site and create their own personal versions of these classic tales. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice and enjoyment.
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Neotake: Your eBook Search Engine - Neotake.com

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K to 12
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Neotake is a search engine to find ebooks online. Type in the name of a book to search through over 5 million entries. Use filters to refine your search by ...more
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Neotake is a search engine to find ebooks online. Type in the name of a book to search through over 5 million entries. Use filters to refine your search by language, format, or price (check FREE.) Results are returned with tags, formats offered, and language(s) available. Don't have a specific title in mind? Browse the top 100 ebooks yesterday, last week, or last month. However, be aware that some returns will be adult material so the site is best used to find specific books or used by adults.
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tag(s): ebooks (34), search engines (58)

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Use this site to find ebooks available online. Be sure to select the FREE option under price. You may want to use this as a personal search engine, not in class, as some of the material is not appropriate for students AND a good portion of this site is not free.

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Magic Town - MindShapes

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K to 3
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Magic Town is a virtual world where characters from children's books come alive. Izzy and Max greet you upon your arrival at Magic Town. They show you around the ...more
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Magic Town is a virtual world where characters from children's books come alive. Izzy and Max greet you upon your arrival at Magic Town. They show you around the virtual world and suggest a visit to the Big Tree to meet Louis, the resident storyteller, a friendly old lion. Magic Town presents books using a special interactive storytelling format called "Livebook." You can choose from four ways to interact. The Explore mode reads the book aloud with animations, pausing to flash when you should click on a character to make it move. Periodically, the story stops and the narrator asks a reading comprehension question. You answer it by selecting from three visual options. The Play mode reads the story aloud and periodically stops to flash so you know to click on things in a scene to move the story forward. Another option is to simply watch as the story animates and listen to the words read aloud. The last option is to read the book with someone or by yourself without narration but with animation. You must subscribe to the site to even see the Livebooks, requiring an email and password to login. Most of the site is available through a paid subscription. However, there are 20 ebooks offered for free with more additions expected, so it is worth a look.

tag(s): independent reading (97), literacy (84), reading comprehension (84)

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Create a classroom account and share login information for students to use to interact with stories at home and on classroom computers. Use this site on your interactive whiteboard as a reading center. This site would be wonderful to use with struggling readers, learning support, or ESL/ELL students to increase reading comprehension. If you like interactive books, find more in TeacherFirst's collection of interactive audio books.
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Little Animation for Kids - Kids' Stories International

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K to 2
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Little Animation for Kids provides children with resources to make them better stewards of the environment and citizens of the world while learning many other topics. This site has...more
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Little Animation for Kids provides children with resources to make them better stewards of the environment and citizens of the world while learning many other topics. This site has songs, games, stories, and activities to teach children how they can save the earth. Stories come from 'round the world. Even non-readers can navigate using the sound prompts.

tag(s): audio books (29), conservation (115), earth day (105), environment (283), preK (230), recycling (50)

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Use the story section to model how to write a story. Have students create their own environmental stories and submit them to the website. Using an interactive whiteboard, have students play one of many games. Bookmark the site on your classroom computer, and use it as a center during language arts time. Be sure to click Guide for additional classroom activities.
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Magic Town is no longer available, as of 5 May 2013 when I looked. There is a new App called My Story World for ipad.

Note from the editor: we checked this site on May 6, 2013 and it appears to be working fine. Thank you for your comment and we will keep our eyes on this site to make sure all is working properly.
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Reach Every Child - Horace Mann

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K to 12
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Find an annotated list of free online books, ebooks, and ereaders at Reach Every Child. The list is organized into categories for general interest, poetry and classics, kids, and a...more
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Find an annotated list of free online books, ebooks, and ereaders at Reach Every Child. The list is organized into categories for general interest, poetry and classics, kids, and a link to their page that has an annotated list of online sites where students can publish their work.

tag(s): audio books (29), ebooks (34), independent reading (97)

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Use this site to help struggling readers develop comprehension skills independence. Improve audio comprehension for the students who need more practice in this area. Use with your ESL/ELL students to offer a wide range of books to enjoy repeatedly independently. Use as a link on your class website for extra literacy practice at home. ELL/ESL and learning support students may benefit from being able to hear or see books in a different way. Encourage effective storytelling techniques while providing a wide variety of examples. Now you are able to meet each individual student's interests. Book lists provide further direction for more quality books.

Develop your own audio library with your students. Have your students read their favorite books for a class audio book activity and publish on your website. Alert parents when their reader will be broadcasting. Consider using PodOmatic reviewed here.
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World of Tales - Viktor

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K to 8
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World of Tales collects folk and fairy tales from various sources into this site. Many are tales long past copyright and therefore available for use without copyright concerns. There...more
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World of Tales collects folk and fairy tales from various sources into this site. Many are tales long past copyright and therefore available for use without copyright concerns. There are also links to animated or audio folk tale versions. Some of the animations are from YouTube so may be blocked by school filters. Search tales by geographic origin, theme, author, book, and more. You can also change the "theme" of the page display to make it easier to see on a projector. There are advertisements that clutter the page and slow it down a bit, but having such a searchable collection is very handy.
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tag(s): folktales (59), stories and storytelling (24)

In the Classroom

Declutter the display of a specific tale by using the Readability plugin (reviewed here) on your computer or copy/paste the text into a clear page to share on a projector interactive whiteboard. Have students highlight their favorite passages or examples of characterization. Have students create story maps of these classic tales or produce their own "skit" versions to record on video and share on TeacherTube (reviewed here) or SchoolTube (reviewed here). Make this resource available on your teacher public page for students to select and read their stories of choice during a unit on folktales/fairy tales. World language classes can read these English language versions of tales from land/language they are studying and write dialog between characters in their new language. Students could also create scenes using a comic creation tool from the many tools among TeachersFirst's Comics Resources.

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Zoo Whiz - EdAlive

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K to 8
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Zoo Whiz is an education site that encourages kids to be "whizzes" in math, reading, and word development. There are levels and content for students from 5 to 15 years ...more
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Zoo Whiz is an education site that encourages kids to be "whizzes" in math, reading, and word development. There are levels and content for students from 5 to 15 years old. There are over 11,200 interactive activities to help unleash the whiz in every student. Once sign-up (free) is complete, you are guided to provide the age range (5-6 is the youngest). This tailors activities to the individual child (great for differentiation). As students master the skill, more difficult activities are presented. Parents and teachers can easily view progress. The activities go beyond simple drill and skill to build higher order thinking skills and problem solving strategies. As students play games, they earn Zoo Whiz "money" that will allow them to purchase animals to build up their zoo. It is necessary to create an account on the site. Teachers can set up a class account with individual accounts for each student. Students can use the same account on home computers. Premium accounts are available with additional activities; however, there are many items available on the free portion of the site.

tag(s): audio books (29), grammar (209), logic (202), operations (101), preK (230), problem solving (184), punctuation (41), sight words (31), word choice (25)

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Create a classroom account and accounts for each student to monitor students' progress. This is an excellent tool for differentiating. If you don't want individual accounts, create one classroom account and have students can take turns earning money for the zoo and deciding how to spend it. Share this site with parents through your newsletter or classroom website as a resource for practice at home.
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MobileRead - MobileRead.com

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3 to 12
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Join Mobileread, a social networking site for eBooks. View as a guest, or join to be able to submit a nomination or comment to a discussion thread. Find free ebooks, ...more
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Join Mobileread, a social networking site for eBooks. View as a guest, or join to be able to submit a nomination or comment to a discussion thread. Find free ebooks, eBook lending libraries, eBook reviews, Notable eBook uploads, and poetry. Discover latest technology, audio books, hardware reviews, and accessories. Conversion, reading software, and authoring software fulfill your Ebook needs. Get mobile links, Ebook blogs, web clipping software, or Mobile Mobilereads. The option to choose a language is available to accommodate for ELL/ESL readers.Be aware: This site has a lot of public interaction. Either explore the site yourself for whole group activities or monitor carefully .
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tag(s): audio books (29), book lists (102), ebooks (34), social networking (103)

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Consider sharing parts of this site on your interactive whiteboard. Expand your language arts classroom with a variety of books through free eBook resources. Give each student his/her own personalized book club to match interests. Enjoy your favorite interests too. Find the latest information on eBook technology.

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