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Get Caught Reading
May is Get Caught Reading Month, and this week, we’re featuring "reading to go" book resources useful during remote learning. In this section, you’ll find our curated lists of eBooks and audio books for all ages.
Peruse this collection of audio books, all with accompanying text, to engage students. Emerging readers and ESL/ELL learners can experience literature and other reading selections in audio form as they reinforce literacy skills and spark enjoyment.
Use this collection to find quality eBooks for young students. The General Tips offer support and ideas for locating eBooks to share when teaching remotely, and the Instructional Tools include links to online eBook texts and audiobooks.
Nurture a love of reading with this collection of eBook resources specifically designed for those teaching grades 3–5. Learn how to organize your remote learning activities and find eBooks, learning videos, quizzes, and more.
Remote teaching doesn't have to be complicated. Get off to a great start with this collection of free eBook resources to share with students in grades 6–8, including podcasts, public domain eBooks, audiobooks, and other reading materials.
Books to Engage Young Learners
Discover resources to help elementary and middle school students find books, participate in social reading clubs, practice comprehension skills, and so much more.
Accessible on any device, Epic! offers thousands of high-quality free books for young readers. Educators can receive feedback including time spent reading, page flips, and books read. Students also earn badges and rewards for reaching milestones.
This online social reading club includes digital reading logs, reading log prompts, and suggestions for places to find reading comprehension questions. Educators can also monitor and comment on the students' writing and reading.
Freckle has over 500 ELA articles, each with five reading levels, that align with social studies, science, and all ELA standards. Students complete a diagnostic pre-test to determine their reading level before they begin reading.
Cool Tools for Reading
Whether you’re looking for a tool to annotate as you read, find books at the right reading level, or test your reading speed, we have got you covered with these three unique resources.
Try your hand at this tool to help you annotate and analyze a variety of texts as you read. Highlight words and sentences that evoke a response or comment on videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and more.
Find text at the perfect level! Copy and paste a URL to test its readability against Kincaid, ARI, and other indexes. View sentence info, such as total characters, number of words, average word length, and the percentage of short and long sentences.
Use this short comprehension quiz to measure your reading speed and how you compare nationally. While this is a great way to track reading fluency, remember it’s sometimes important to take your time!
This Week at TeachersFirst®
Join us on Tuesday for our next virtual workshop about using simulations, and don’t miss our Twitter Chat this Thursday at 8 PM ET. Discover our collection of blog posts about reading, and don’t forget to give your input in our weekly poll!
Tuesday, 5/19, 7 PM ET
Join us on Tuesday (5/19) at 7 PM ET as we discuss how to engage your students in effective learning and make it easy for them to demonstrate what they have learned with simulations.
Explore & plan to use instructional simulations »
Posts related to reading
Review some of our best posts related to reading, including “Science Fiction: Why you should be using it with your students!”, “Learning Life Lessons from Classic Children’s Books”, “Get Caught Reading Month”, and countless other reading topics!
Find inspiration for your reading lessons »
Share your thoughts
This week, our poll asks: “How are you encouraging your students to read during remote learning?” Share what you are doing during Get Caught Reading Month and view the results of others after you submit your reply.
How do you encourage students to read? »
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