February 26, 2017

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Read Across America Day

March 2, 2017 is Read Across America Day - find resources to encourage readers at all levels

Grades K-9


Download free student texts and teacher guides to help all levels of readers. Vocabulary lessons, word pictures, literacy lists, and reading passages are all included. This site is especially helpful for working with struggling readers and ESL students.

Grades 1-7


This online social reading club for ages 7-12 also keeps track of your students' work! Find books by grade level. Read ratings and reviews from other readers. There are also digital reading logs, reading log prompts, and comprehension tools.

Grades 2-12


Is reading comprehension a struggle for your students? Find over 1,000 comprehension practice exercises (read the passage and take the quiz). Help students to think critically and draw inferences. Get detailed reports to track student progress.

Grades 4-12

Inanimate Alice

This is a reading lovers delight! Inanimate Alice is a digital, interactive, graphic novel set in the 21st century. Meet Alice (age 8) and follow her into her teens as she becomes an animator and designer. Your actions and choices lead her story.

Explore Elementary

Reading tools ideal for K-5 classrooms

Grades K-3


Emergent readers will enjoy exploring this extensive list of free animated books, songs, poems, and learning activities. Words are highlighted as the narrator reads, making this ideal for a listening station. This is a perfect site to share with families.

Grades K-3


Find techniques, teaching activities, lessons, and materials for teaching young children how to read. There are also videos, blogs, interactive flashcards, and more. Use this site as a learning center. Share this tool with families on your class website.

Grades 1-6

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets offers a plethora of information: booklists, how to help struggling readers, classroom strategies, webcasts, leadership tips, author study tool kits, and so much more. This is an excellent tool for parents, teachers, principals, and more.

Grades K-5

Dr. Seuss Story Maker

Celebrate Read Across America with the Dr. Seuss Story Maker. Choose characters, music, and background scenery to create your own Dr. Seuss stories. Build the story together on the interactive whiteboard. Have small groups of students work together.

Reading Tools

Book lists and more to encourage reading 

Grades K-12

The Classroom Bookshelf

Expand your students' reading horizons with the booklists, blogs, and ideas offered at this site. Bookmark and save the site to gather ideas throughout the year. Share the resource with your librarian/media specialist.

Grades 1-12


Access 1,000+ eBooks organized by topic, reading level, or language. Books include a built-in dictionary, highlighting, and bookmarking capabilities. There are also tools for taking notes and writing a review. Differentiating is easy with Zing!

Grades 1-12

Booktrack Classroom

Students can add sound effects and music to enhance the stories and books they love. Explore 1000s of titles including poetry, novels, and short stories. Teachers: scroll to the bottom of the home page to find free lesson plans!

Grades K-8

News in Levels

Differentiation at its best is offered at News in Levels! Find high-interest, leveled news articles for your students to read. There are three difficulty levels. Use this tool to increase students' comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary skills.

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