May 21, 2017

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Get Caught Reading

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Explore these teacher-reviewed resources for great ideas to celebrate reading with students!

Grades K-3


This online publisher specializes in illustrated, animated read-aloud eBooks and Story Songs for ages 2-10. All eBooks are designed to entertain kids and improve reading skills. Read our review for suggested classroom and student application ideas.

Grades K-12

Beat the Summer Reading Slump

Just in time for summer break find reading packets and book lists for all grades! Share this link with families on your website or print packets to send home before summer vacations. Lexile levels make this a good site to use for differentiation.

Grades 3-12

Science News for Students

This web publication provides timely articles covering the breadth of science, health, and technology fields. Both its shorter news stories and longer features are written with a vocabulary and sentence structure aimed at readers 9 to 14 years old.

Grades 4-12


Tweens and teens can find free books reviewed by students from all over the world. Students can submit their own reviews and participate in online interactive reading and writing programs. Use LitPick to select books for your literature circle and more.

Grades 7-12


Students can discover new books to read! They simply enter their genre and reader device or app preference (Nook, Kindle, iBook, Google Play, and more). Receive a suggested reading list immediately and opt to receive daily email updates.

Improve Reading Comprehension

Tools and tips to support student reading comprehension!

Grades 1-12

Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension

Find graphic organizers for plot and sequence, character analysis and setting, reading comprehension, and organizing patterns. Share idea webs, timelines, KWL charts, Venn diagrams, story trains, reading records, and more. Ideas to integrate are included!

Grades 4-12


Delve into this treasure trove of reading resources and progress tracking tools. Students can use the critical thinking questions, assessment, and Guided Reading mode provided. There are also options to highlight text and change font size.

Grades 4-12

5 Minute Mystery

Delight your students' intrigue with 5 minute mystery stories. Sign up to have the free mystery stories sent to you weekly. After reading, students must select the clues. Challenge cooperative learning groups to compete to solve the mystery.

Grades K-12


TweenTribune (along with Smithsonian) offers news stories in Lexile levels for K-4, 5-8, 9-12. This site is great for informational text reading and articles include a self-scoring quiz. Discover in our review ways to use this site with your class.

Reading Treasures from TeachersFirst

Find TeachersFirst original content: an award-winning booklist, an article for summer reading for YOU, and audio books galore! 

Grades K-12

CurriConnects Booklist: Award Winning Books

This list of award winning fiction and nonfiction books (Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, and Coretta Scott King Book Award) can be used for student reports and presentations. Visit this page for more ways to use the list!

Grades K-12

Summer Reading: Not Just for Kids

Discover summer reading and enrichment ideas for YOU! This article recommends books, blogs, and professional learning opportunities especially for teachers. Bookmark this page for reading and learning ideas all summer long.

Grades K-12

TeachersFirst's Interactive Audio Book Resources

Engage all students, including emerging readers and ESL/ELL learners, with our list of teacher-reviewed audio books that include features such as highlighting text as it is read, virtual dictionaries, and more. Our reviews provide ideas for classroom use.

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