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Literacy at Home: Digital Children's Reading Initiative - NC Dept of Public Instruction

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Literacy at Home is a curated digital resource of literacy activities for pre-K through 5th-grade students that also includes a collection of resources for online libraries. This site...more
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Literacy at Home is a curated digital resource of literacy activities for pre-K through 5th-grade students that also includes a collection of resources for online libraries. This site is organized by grade level; begin by selecting the link for any grade level offered, then choose a skill to be developed. Skills offered include phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and oral language. Each section includes a short description and example of the skill, practice activities, and links to online activities that support learning the chosen skill. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): fluency (24), literacy (109), phonics (50), preK (258), reading comprehension (142), science of reading (33), vocabulary (236)

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This site is a must-add to any elementary teacher's toolbox. Use this resource to find resources and information on reading skills at all elementary levels, then use the information to differentiate and enhance reading instruction. For below-level readers, find information and resources to remediate reading skills, and for advanced readers, use this site to find activities that promote further reading growth. Share information from this site with parents to use as a guide to understanding reading skills by grade level and find resources supporting their students. Include this information in your class newsletter or on your class website. Curate and share resources with parents using Symbaloo, reviewed here to make all information accessible in one location.

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PBS Kids Reading Games - PBS Kids

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PBS Kids has a variety of reading games that are entertaining and educational for kids of all ages. The games help kids improve their reading skills, including phonics, vocabulary,...more
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PBS Kids has a variety of reading games that are entertaining and educational for kids of all ages. The games help kids improve their reading skills, including phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension. Students will be engaged in practicing essential reading skills with familiar characters from PBS Kids. The main reading games page may be updated or changed frequently, so bookmark your class favorites!

tag(s): digital reading (16), independent reading (86), phonics (50), reading comprehension (142)

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Teachers can project the games onto a screen and have the class play together. Playing a game to introduce a concept engages kids in reading and reinforces basic reading skills. Working in small groups or pairs encourages collaboration, communication, and peer learning. Students can help each other with challenging tasks. Giving students time to play the games independently is an excellent way to practice reading at their own pace and work on specific skills they need help with. Continue learning at home by posting the site on your classroom webpage or sending the site to parents and guardians to play with their children for extra practice.

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Flipping the Script: Providing Quality Literacy Instruction that Moves Between Online and In-Pe - TeachersFirst

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Flipping the Script is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here that provides helpful ideas and resources...more
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Flipping the Script is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here that provides helpful ideas and resources to support the delivery of quality literacy instruction. This article includes suggestions for providing read-alouds through asynchronous instruction, ideas for independent reading responses, small-group instruction tips, incorporating writing workshops, and tips for enhancing phonics and spelling instruction. Additional extension activities include tips for working with collaborative documents and providing opportunities for student reflection.

tag(s): blended learning (37), independent reading (86), literacy (109), phonics (50), reading comprehension (142), reading strategies (98), remote learning (59), spelling (95), writers workshop (31)

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Take advantage of the suggestions and resources provided in this article to find fresh teaching ideas and inspiration for literacy lesson ideas. Find additional ideas by listening to podcasts such as How to Make Sight Word Instruction and Reading Intervention More Effective reviewed here and Why Phonological Awareness is Important to Reading, reviewed here. Visit the Reading Strategies Resources Special Topics page reviewed here to find a curated list of resources that include proven reading strategies of effective readers.

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Whole-to-Parts Phonics Instruction: Teaching Letter-Sound Correspondences - ReadWriteThink

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If you are a new teacher or brushing up on your teaching of beginner reading skills, Read Write Think has put this lesson together for you! When you reach the ...more
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If you are a new teacher or brushing up on your teaching of beginner reading skills, Read Write Think has put this lesson together for you! When you reach the page, you will be in the preview; just above that, find tabs for Standards, Resources & Preparation, Instructional Plan, Related Resources, and Comments. In this lesson, students use Jack & Jill to identify words that belong to the -ill family using analogy onset-rime and substitute consonant sounds to form new words. In addition, there are several links to use like "Copy Change" worksheets, a computer-assisted program, "Construct a Word," which focuses on onset-rime analogies, and others.

tag(s): phonics (50), preK (258), reading strategies (98), science of reading (33), spelling (95)

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Share this resource with your student teacher when introducing a beginning reading lesson. Also, share with parents on your teacher's web page or in a newsletter for practice at home. Use workstations for the worksheets, and allow students to work at their own pace.

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Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing - Reading Rockets

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K to 3
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Are you looking for professional development or wondering how to teach reading better? At Reading 101 by Reading Rockets, you will find both. Extend your knowledge of how students learn...more
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Are you looking for professional development or wondering how to teach reading better? At Reading 101 by Reading Rockets, you will find both. Extend your knowledge of how students learn to read and how best to teach them. Start on the left menu with the introduction, and then work at your own pace through the nine-course modules, which include phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, writing, and assessment. You will also find video clips, assignments & quizzes (for you), classroom strategies, and additional resources. All of these are designed to help you become the best literacy teacher you can be. You can also get a letter of completion for your administrator and goals. There is no log-in for this program, so be sure to save your work if you are using this as the year's goal for professional development.

tag(s): fluency (24), literacy (109), phonics (50), preK (258), professional development (393), reading strategies (98), Research (83), science of reading (33), writing (317)

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Bookmark this site to share with administrators and your peers. There are many good resources this program offers for you to share, too. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate and share resources with peers. Include videos, articles, and other relevant information in your Wakelet collection. I'm sure you've heard the saying, all teachers are teachers of reading. Although this program is for K-3 teachers, the valuable lessons and materials support the teaching of reading skills in all grade levels and all subjects. This site is a must-have for use when learning about or implementing Science of Reading instructional practices.

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Great resource for RTI! Kelly, IN, Grades: 0 - 5

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Resources related to the Science of Reading - TeachersFirst

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The Science of Reading (or SOR) refers to an evidence-based reading Instructional strategy that addresses various areas of reading including oral language, phonological awareness, phonics,...more
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The Science of Reading (or SOR) refers to an evidence-based reading Instructional strategy that addresses various areas of reading including oral language, phonological awareness, phonics, spelling, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and more. In this collection, you will find helpful information to learn more about The Science of Reading and web resources to help you to teach using SOR in your lessons.

tag(s): fluency (24), phonics (50), reading comprehension (142), science of reading (33), spelling (95), vocabulary (236)

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Help to deepen your students' understanding (and your own) of the Science of Reading. Share these resources with your colleagues and students by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter. Find resources to incorporate into your reading lessons.

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Provided many resources and suggestions to use this to support instruction. Saundra, , Grades: 0 - 5

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How to Make Sight Word Instruction and Reading Intervention More Effective - Glean Education and Dr. Katharine Pace Miles

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K to 6
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This podcast shares research-based ideas that provide developmentally appropriate, engaging literacy instruction. Listen to the podcast online or download it for listening at a later...more
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This podcast shares research-based ideas that provide developmentally appropriate, engaging literacy instruction. Listen to the podcast online or download it for listening at a later time. This article also features several key takeaways from the podcast discussion and links to additional resources mentioned during the podcast.

tag(s): fluency (24), literacy (109), phonics (50), professional development (393), reading comprehension (142), science of reading (33), sight words (22), vocabulary (236), vocabulary development (89)

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Listen to this podcast to gain further understanding and ideas for enhancing your literacy instruction, including reading intervention strategies. Use a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share additional resources. For example, create a collection that includes resources for teaching sight words, another for phonics instruction resources, etc. Use the collaboration feature to share ideas with your peers.

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Reading Foundational Skills - PBS Learning Media

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Find various resources for emergent readers and teachers provided by PBS Learning Media. Select content by topics that include fluency, phonics and word recognition, phonological awareness,...more
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Find various resources for emergent readers and teachers provided by PBS Learning Media. Select content by topics that include fluency, phonics and word recognition, phonological awareness, and print concepts. Use filters to narrow information by grade, resource type, or relevance, including the newest additions or most popular items. Choose from various resources, including lesson plans, interactives, videos, and much more.

tag(s): literacy (109), parents (58), phonics (50), preK (258), professional development (393), reading comprehension (142), reading strategies (98), science of reading (33), writing (317)

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Be sure to bookmark and save this site for use when teaching reading skills to students at all grade levels. Although it is beneficial for teachers in elementary grades, the valuable lessons and materials support the teaching of reading skills in all grade levels. Use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share resources with students to use at computer centers or share at-home activities with parents. Ask students to reflect upon their learning through blog writing using edublogs, reviewed here. For example, have students include a link or image of the first draft of a writing project and the final document and discuss why and how they made changes. For younger students, include a recording of them reading a short passage, then add a later recording that demonstrates growth in reading skills. You might consider using Flip for this, reviewed here.
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What the Science Says About How Kids Learn to Read - Education Week

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Education Week reporter Sara Schwartz provides an overview of significant research findings on teaching systemic phonics for early reading success in this YouTube video. The video is...more
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Education Week reporter Sara Schwartz provides an overview of significant research findings on teaching systemic phonics for early reading success in this YouTube video. The video is just under four minutes long, making it an excellent choice for use to begin discussions on teaching phonics and literacy.

tag(s): phonics (50), preK (258), reading strategies (98), Research (83), science of reading (33)

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Share this video with your peers during professional development activities to encourage conversation about literacy instruction in your setting. Include this video with additional resources on literacy research. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate and share resources with peers. Include videos, articles, and other relevant information in your Wakelet collection.

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FCRR Student Center Activities - Florida Center for Reading Research

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Find many ideas for student literacy center activities for grades pre-k through fifth-grade curated by a team of researchers and teachers from 2004 through 2010. In addition, the helpful...more
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Find many ideas for student literacy center activities for grades pre-k through fifth-grade curated by a team of researchers and teachers from 2004 through 2010. In addition, the helpful Teacher Resource Guide provides explicit guidance to understanding the center activities and the terms used in each resource. View this information to learn how to implement and differentiate instruction through student centers. Use the provided grade level classifications to find and select activities by topics such as phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension. Each activity is described fully in a PDF document that includes teaching objectives, complete instructions, and student handouts when necessary.

tag(s): fluency (24), phonics (50), preK (258), reading comprehension (142), science of reading (33), vocabulary (236), vocabulary development (89)

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Bookmark this site as a helpful resource for finding research-based and teacher-tested activities to develop literacy skills for students. Be sure to visit the Teacher Resource Guide to understand all of the information included with each activity and understand the specific skills targeted.
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Pumarosa - Paul Rogers

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Pumarosa is a totally bilingual Spanish-English site. The three levels orally teach helpful English words in translation from survival skills at the beginning level to citizenship topics...more
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Pumarosa is a totally bilingual Spanish-English site. The three levels orally teach helpful English words in translation from survival skills at the beginning level to citizenship topics at the highest level. (The Civics section is actually bilingual, basic U.S. social studies!) All words, phrases, and dialogues are available so you can hear (by clicking the little ear icon) and repeat the item as often as desired. Most lessons are based on learning vocabulary and dialogue, and everything is available in both languages simultaneously. After you do the initial lesson, a wide variety of exercises help you practice what you are learning. You can select as few or as many as you feel you need. The spoken Spanish is at a more natural rate than the English, which is a bit slower than normal speech. An additional phonics section explains and pronounces basic sounds in English. The language of instruction is Spanish and the target language to be learned is English. Accompanying workbooks and printed materials are available for a cost but are not necessary for you to learn.

tag(s): american flag (7), branches of government (62), declaration of independence (15), listening (71), spanish (105), vocabulary development (89)

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Set this site on your computers for beginning level Spanish speakers to add to their English vocabulary quickly and with the correct pronunciation. If you teach basic lessons about U.S. citizenship in elementary or middle grades, the activities available in both English and Spanish will help your ELL students master social studies concepts bilingually.

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PBS Kids Sesame Street - PBS Kids

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K to 1
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Preschool students will delight in the company of the Sesame Street characters at this long-time favorite site. Extend the fun from the television series, Sesame Street to fit...more
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Preschool students will delight in the company of the Sesame Street characters at this long-time favorite site. Extend the fun from the television series, Sesame Street to fit into an individualized, interactive learning time. Dance, sing, clap, and play along with Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, and all of the characters to help develop and sharpen phonemic awareness and phonics skills. A variety of formats allow for many learning styles. Interaction with family members is encouraged and necessary in many of the activities given. There are games, videos, printables, ecards, and a family treasure hunt. A section for parent and teacher information gives ways to help students learn. A television show schedule is included. Experience hours of fun while learning.
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tag(s): alphabet (51), numbers (119)

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Introduce PBS Kids Sesame Street into your classroom with instant enjoyment and success. Even students who have seen it at home will be delighted. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create centers to work with basic phonemic awareness skills and readiness skills. Individualize activities for students in the areas that they struggle. Add to your class website to provide enrichment or reinforcement.
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Sound City Reading - Kathy Davis

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Come to Sound City Reading to find a phonics program for beginning readers. Choose from readiness levels 1-5 and materials to accompany Reading Street for First Grade....more
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Come to Sound City Reading to find a phonics program for beginning readers. Choose from readiness levels 1-5 and materials to accompany Reading Street for First Grade. Print and use accompanying sound pictures for each of the booklets. Choose from several versions of wall charts for classroom use. Other resources include games and word cards to print and use. The site states that Mac users may have trouble pulling up the Reading Street tests correctly, but our editors tested the activities on a Mac and experienced no issues.

tag(s): alphabet (51), phonics (50), preK (258), reading comprehension (142), reading strategies (98), spelling (95)

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Browse the site for materials to use along with your current classroom curriculum. Print books and sound pictures for students to take home for practice. Share a link to the site on your class website for parents to access additional reading materials. Use materials with ESL/ELL students for additional reading practice. Use with learning support students for extra support in reading.
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Teach Your Monster to Read - Usborne Foundation

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K to 2
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Teach Your Monster to Read is a free early reading program built on the principles of synthetic phonics. Activities develop speed and accuracy of letter recognition by taking...more
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Teach Your Monster to Read is a free early reading program built on the principles of synthetic phonics. Activities develop speed and accuracy of letter recognition by taking a fantastic adventure through a magical world where you meet island kings and collect letters to win prizes. The program also explores blending and segmenting, and introduces "tricky" words in a fun, interactive setting. Registration with email and a password enables you to save games and track progress. Get an overview of the game by playing the demo without registration. This site was created in Great Britain so some words may have British English spellings and pronunciation.

tag(s): alphabet (51), phonics (50), preK (258)

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Share this site with parents for fun at-home reading practice. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create an account for each student. Use this site as a reading center on classroom computers. Don't forget headsets!

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Crickweb Useful Extras - Crickweb

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If you need a resource for countdown timers, Promethean flipcharts, or phonics videos you may find what you need at this "extras" site from Crickweb. These are resources that don't...more
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If you need a resource for countdown timers, Promethean flipcharts, or phonics videos you may find what you need at this "extras" site from Crickweb. These are resources that don't fit neatly into their useful grade level categories, so are in this "other" spot on the site. Included are several Promethean flipcharts in zip format for easy download. Topics include function machines, weigh ins, and a number Venn diagram. Timers are for use on any PC or whiteboard and include countdown clocks in several formats such as a clock, timer, or "bomb." Some items require flash which is not available in all browsers.

tag(s): iwb (33), phonics (50), preK (258), time (92)

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Download and save the timers for use during student work time. Set a timer on your interactive whiteboard for students to see time remaining. Promethean users can download and save flip charts for classroom use.

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Reading Rockets - WETA Washington D.C.

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Reading Rockets is a comprehensive guide for parents, teachers, librarians, principals, school counselors, speech therapists, school psychologists, preschool caregivers, summer care...more
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Reading Rockets is a comprehensive guide for parents, teachers, librarians, principals, school counselors, speech therapists, school psychologists, preschool caregivers, summer care providers, and anyone interested in keeping kids reading! This site is an amazing resource to answer your reading needs. Updated continually, it keeps you informed with the latest research. New teachers, seasoned teacher, parents, principals, and anyone who works with students (reading) can benefit from the information included. Teachers will find: classroom strategies, how to help struggling readers, professional development webcasts, how to build strong parent teacher relationships, booklists, and how to use books in your curriculum. For principals, discover information on school level leadership, supporting teachers, closing the achievement gap, and working with parents. Find over 100 interviews with award winning authors reviewed here, an author study tool kit, themed booklists, holiday gift guide, research-based articles, parent letters, launching young readers (series) on ipod, reading adventure packs, and other great tools. A librarian toolkit offers free video modules on finding the right book, becoming aware of print, reading as dialogue, and writers secrets. Many detailed articles discuss information about speech pathology, dyslexia, comprehension, motivation, phonics, writing, and spelling.
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tag(s): authors (104), book lists (162), dyslexia (11), literacy (109), literature (218), parents (58), phonics (50), reading comprehension (142), reading lists (79), reading strategies (98), speech (66), spelling (95)

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Reading Rockets is a fantastic resource for teachers, librarians, parents, and principals. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter for the latest information, blogs, thoughts, and ideas for teaching reading. Use this website as a resource for your classroom, library, or even with you school action committees. Provide a link to this site on your class webpage. Install widgets for reading, and find the latest apps to support literacy. Join reading blogs, and add widgets to make your reading strategies complete. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

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KizClub Learning Resources for Kids - KizClub.com

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Practice alphabet recognition, sound/symbol relationships, and early reading skills through printable activities. Activities are geared towards the preschool and young elementary school...more
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Practice alphabet recognition, sound/symbol relationships, and early reading skills through printable activities. Activities are geared towards the preschool and young elementary school child. Print games that practice rhyming and upper and lowercase letter matching. Print and share stories or use the phonics lessons and activities about consonants, vowels, and more. Additionally, the site provides activities for early education topics such as animals, colors, and shapes. All activities are in PDF format and most are available to print in either black and white or color. Printables are certainly not "high tech," but sometimes they are just what you need.
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tag(s): alphabet (51), phonics (50), preK (258), printables (37), sight words (22), sounds (43), spelling (95)

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Print and use activities from the site in your classroom as a supplement to current materials, for centers, or individualized activities. Send home activities from the site for extra practice. Share the site with parents through your classroom website or newsletter for additional home practice with language arts skills.
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Reading Bear - Watch, Know, Learn

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K to 2
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Reading Bear is a systematic program that teaches beginning vocabulary and concepts while introducing phonics patterns. The Getting Started video gives an overview of the program...more
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Reading Bear is a systematic program that teaches beginning vocabulary and concepts while introducing phonics patterns. The Getting Started video gives an overview of the program as it explains the software, videos, and tips for using the system. Choose from any phonics sounds or start from the beginning of the program. Then choose from different video or slideshow tutorials (such as sound it out quickly, let me sound it out, or audio and silent sentences). As sounds are pronounced, the corresponding letter is highlighted. Quizzes are available at the end of each section. Choose from different settings to adjust font, letter color, or order of presentation. At the time of this review, 16 presentations are available. The goal of the site is to create a total of 50 presentations. So check back often. Some of the video clips are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): alphabet (51), phonics (50), preK (258)

In the Classroom

This is an excellent resource for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Choose from the different options when presenting letter sounds in your classroom to present letters in different formats. Create a link on classroom computers to use as a phonics center activity. Share this site with parents through your classroom website or newsletter as a wonderful way to practice and learn letter sounds at home. Use this site with ESL/ELL students. Speech pathologists and special education teachers may want to bookmark this excellent site, too.

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ICT Games - Literacy - James Barrett

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Check out these free interactive literacy games for the emergent learner. Practicing basic skills is an entertaining experience at ICT Games. The skills include: spelling patterns,...more
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Check out these free interactive literacy games for the emergent learner. Practicing basic skills is an entertaining experience at ICT Games. The skills include: spelling patterns, phoneme patterns, phonics, blending sounds, high frequency words, beginning science vocabulary, using rhyming to read new and unfamiliar words, and reading for understanding. It also has interactive dictionaries for the beginner through upper elementary learner. There is no registration required. Note that the site is from England, so there are minor spelling and terminology differences from U.S. English in a few games. Preview the specific game to be sure.
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tag(s): dictionaries (48), literacy (109), preK (258), reading comprehension (142), rhymes (21), science of reading (33), spelling (95)

In the Classroom

Use your projector and interactive whiteboard to introduce the site. You might start with "The Wordy Woods," an interactive resource for displaying useful words. Start by checking the lists, and have students identify words they've already learned in class. Populate the "woods" with those first. Save this! Then, as students learn new words have them fill in the forest.

ENL/ELL students with emergent literacy skills will benefit from this site by practicing spelling and reading skills. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Use a program like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to create link shortcuts on your student computers. Include a link to the ITC Games on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home. This is a great site for students to use for additional practice on a skill that is difficult.

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Oxford Owl Reading - Oxford University Press

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Find pre-reading and beginning reading help for the very youngest readers through the pre-teen years. From phonics lessons to online books to story videos read by professional story...more
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Find pre-reading and beginning reading help for the very youngest readers through the pre-teen years. From phonics lessons to online books to story videos read by professional story tellers, this site offers comprehensive reading help and activities for educators and parents. There are plenty of activities that accompany the free e-books. Many other activities encourage reading. On the e-book page are also suggestions for other similar or related books. In addition, a special section addresses the problem of reluctant male readers. Assistance for instructors is also available. Accompanying book lists are arranged by level of reader interest. Although the site has links to books for purchase, there is enough free material to warrant inclusion in your reading helps lists. British English speakers read the e-books, so be prepared for the difference in accents.
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tag(s): independent reading (86), preK (258), reading lists (79), reading strategies (98)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce one of the free online books on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Then encourage students to use it individually or in pairs. Refer your ENL/ESL and learning support students to this site for extra, assisted reading practice.

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