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Get Caught Reading Month

May is Get Caught Reading Month, a nationwide public service campaign by the Association of American Publishers. The goal is to remind people of all ages how much fun reading can be. Check out these resources and get caught reading this week! 

Grades K-8

What Do Snowmen Do In Summer? Keeping Students Engaged in Literacy During Summer Vacation

The days are getting longer and the school year is getting shorter, so now is the perfect time to find summer reading for your students! Discover book lists, reading challenges, and virtual book clubs to keep kids engaged in literacy over the summer.

Grades K-12


Did you know TeachersFirst offers a monthly thematic booklist related to various topics? The best part is that each book includes thought questions and activities. The theme for May, Technology On and Off, examines how technology affects our lives.

Grades 6-12

Sync: Audio Books for Teens

We’re sharing this free summer audiobook program for teens again so you don't miss it! The program runs for 13 weeks starting at the end of April and provides participants with two thematically paired audio books/short stories weekly.

Grades K-12

Classic Books

Explore this collection of public domain, classic books from the Library of Congress. The books are organized in alphabetical order and include 51 books for younger children, 6 for teens, and 6 for adults.

Grades K-12

BeeLine Reader Collection

Find over 100 downloadable PDFs of books and stories that use BeeLine Reader technology to highlight and wrap text to improve focusing and tracking while reading. Use the leveled reading passages to find materials for differentiation.

Grades K-12

Infusing Technology Blog - Reading

Have you explored TeachersFirst's Infusing Technology Blog? You’ll find several reading suggestions, strategies, and more in this tagged list of blog posts related to reading. You’ll also find information and tutorials related to web tools for reading.

Grades 2-12


Skim this database of current events stories tailor-made for classroom use. These student-friendly stories can be accessed in different formats and in five reading levels. Use Newsela to differentiate nonfiction reading.

Grades K-12

Honing Your Craft During the Dog Days of Summer

As educators, summer is a great time to learn something new and the perfect time to read something that will excite you about the new year. This article includes books, activities, online classes, webinars, and more to explore this summer.

Grades 2-12


DOGOnews offers a kid-friendly, safe site written for kids by kids. Students can comment on news articles, and teachers can create a class page and add various articles, a book list, a calendar, a favorite sites list, and more.

Grades 4-12

5 Minute Mystery

Use this mystery reading game to help innovatively increase your students' reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. You can sign up to have two mysteries a week sent to you or use the archives to explore past mysteries.

Grades K-12

Interactive Audiobooks

These educator-reviewed resources offer audiobooks in interactive form so all students, including emerging readers and ESL/ENL learners, can experience reading with audio and visual prompts or interactivity to reinforce and inspire literacy skills.

Grades K-12

Books Should Be Free

Acquaint students with the classics with these free public domain audiobooks (many available in multiple languages). The collection includes work form authors such as Mark Twain, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, Louisa May Alcott, and Jane Austen.

This Week at TeachersFirst

Engage in professional learning this week with an upcoming OK2Ask virtual workshop on Tuesday, a Twitter chat on Thursday, and a timely blog post. We also kindly request your input in our weekly poll. 

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Tuesday, 5/16, 7 PM ET

OK2Ask: So Simple. So Slick. So Sway!

Join this session to learn about Sway, a free digital storytelling and presentation app accessible on any device. Add text and pictures, embed or hyperlink relevant content, then watch Sway do the rest.

Plan to use Sway in your learning environment »

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Thursday, 5/18, 8 PM ET

Twitter Chat: The Power of Playlists

Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. We will define and discuss the essential elements of playlists and choice boards and share tech tools and resources that support playlists and choice boards.

Explore ideas for integrating playlists and choice boards across your curriculum »

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Infusing Technology Blog

Let’s Talk About: Getting Caught Reading

Learn more about Get Caught Reading in this recently published blog post. Discover ways to incorporate learning into community service and events, how reading can be good for your health and have a positive impact on self-regulation, and more.

Find new strategies to get your students motivated to read »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks, “Does your class do anything to recognize Get Caught Reading Month?” Submit your reply and view the responses of other educators.

Will your class get caught reading in May? »

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