Let's have some fun with the Dewy Decimal System! The Dewey Decimal system is a way to categorize books, just like a grocery store categorizes food. Introduce your students to the Dewey Decimal system using this hands-on activity. Students will organize grocery store items into related groups. This process will then be compared to the organization of books using the Dewey Decimal System. Students will end the lesson by organizing a selection of books in a library media center according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
Solid choice for leveled readings and progress-tracking
Pros: In addition to the huge library of leveled texts, teachers get a detailed view of students' progress, even as they read independently.
Cons: You won't find great literature in the program's libraries, and students may be enticed to speed through books just to earn points.
Bottom Line: Trusty -- if a tad dated -- tool for helping younger students become proficient in many aspects of reading.
Fairy tales have been an oral and written tradition in many cultures around the world. Share online fairy tales with your class by choosing one from this excellent resource. Many tales are told and retold through several different cultures and by many different authors.
The opposite of everything is celebrated on the 25th for Opposite Day. Check out this word game exploring antonyms then create an original story about them. For ideas click the nouns and opposites buttons until the opposites you want to write about appear.
Title: Whooo's Reading
Summary: Innovative take on independent reading ditches multiple-choice quizzes
Pros: Questions push students to read critically; supports a shared, meaningful independent reading program.
Cons: Avatars and rewards likely not suitable for older students; auto-generated questions can be too general.
Bottom Line: A convenient, well-intentioned tool for supporting a quality, interest-driven independent reading program, but make sure to tweak the auto-generated scores and questions.
Join Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and many more characters as you find your way to Sesame Street. Celebrate Sesame Street by playing games that reinforce the colors, shapes, letters, sounds, and basic math concepts. Additional links to videos and art will provide an opportunity to fully observe the show that was first broadcast in 1969 by the Children's Television Workshop.
Summary: Critical-reading program buoyed by high-interest texts, clear structure
Pros: High-interest texts can spark classroom discussions, and the critical-reading framework has the potential to foster deep, Common Core-aligned learning.
Cons: Further tools for collaboration and differentiation -- such as variable reading levels for each text -- would empower as well as create more opportunities for meaningful learning.
Bottom Line: A solid resource for CCSS-aligned critical-reading and writing -instruction serves as a potential springboard for in-class discussions, group work, and extension activities.
Use this interactive site to learn to write myths, folktales, and fairy tales with famous authors, and publish them. The myths section provides the opportunity to write a myth with Jane Yolen, to read myths from countries around the world, and to use the Myth Brainstorming Machine to create your own myth. The folktales section includes folktale writing with Alma Flor Ada and Rafe Martin, learning about folklore, and writing your own folktale. For fairy tale and fable writing, join John Sciezka to learn about writing fractured fairy tales, and discover fairy tales from around the world. Then, learn the art of storytelling with Gerald Fierst
Take your students on a virtual field trip to the Magical Library. Your early elementary students will become entranced as they listen to Henry, a book-loving wizard, as he describes different types of genres featured in his library. Henry will review different concepts about books and then teach students about new ways for them to identify the genre, author, and illustrator of a book. After listening to short segments from this magical wizard, students will identify books that are storybooks and nonfiction books. Students will also practice finding the authors and illustrators of several books. Help your students quickly apply their learning in a supportive environment that provides specific feedback in a timely manner with applications that get progressively more difficult.
This site is great for all ages. Tar Heel Reader features thousands of books, 10,000 published authors, translations in 8 different languages, and opportunities for users to write and publish their own books. Books can be illustrated with users' own pictures or those from the huge collection at Flickr. Click on the menu icon to find a book by searching titles or topics or browse the collections. Select from two ratings (e for everyone or c for caution), or choose to read only books that have been reviewed. Each book can be speech enabled.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.