Interactive games are a great way to increase your primary students’ reading skills. This site covers two aspects of making sense of sentences. There are five games that ask the player to choose the sentence that makes sense. If the correct choice is made, the player adds a piece of a puzzle to the character’s dream. If the wrong choice is made, the character wakes up. But, there are chances to try again. The second game asks the player to rearrange words into a sentence that makes sense. Students need to have just rudimentary computer skills to move the mouse, or you can use the games on an interactive whiteboard.
Wondering what are the best reads before you get to college? Ever wonder what books out there make the top reading lists? TIME magazine has compiled a list of the 100 best English-language novels. The list was compiled by two book critics, who explained how they picked the novels included on the roster. There’s plenty of complaining about what was not included, but it’s a great place to start. Take a minute and bookmark this site so the next time you are looking for your next read, you'll know where to find a great novel.
Here's a lesson from Annenberg Learner that depicts the importance of a solid reading foundation by showing students how to read for specific purposes. Appropriate grade level is intermediate, but it can be used successfully with older groups who have not mastered the essentials of reading. The activity is part of a professional development unit on building reading comprehension, and includes several printouts to use with students with enrichment activities. The House activity can be projected on a screen and used with different colored markers to highlight the three different purposes for reading, or print it out and allow your students to do it on their own. You can then use the interactive for discussion and assessment.
There's a great site that has a perfect spot for you if you're wondering what you need to read before you get to college. In support of such a worthy endeavor, the American Library Association provides a list of books for those who are thinking of going on to college, or just love the challenge of a good read. The list is divided into content areas such as the Arts and Humanities, History and Cultures, Literature and Language Arts, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences.
Strategies for improving teen literacy are often overlooked. This site can be used by any content teacher or parent to help teens get a good handle on comprehension. Each lesson has an overview which introduces each strategy along with applicable tools for use. In addition, the procedure used for introducing and using the strategy is enumerated. Most strategies also have examples of what the strategy looks like. This site is a great resource for teaching the important components of reading.
Don't be sitting on your hump all summer twiddling your thumbs! Take out a few minutes each day and visit this site where you’ll find vocabulary lists from works by authors such as Mitch Albom, who wrote Tuesdays with Morrie, and Richard Wright’s Black Boy. There are 153 other novels in between. The book with the longest vocabulary list is Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., others contain less than twenty words. This list is also a great incentive to pick up the most read summer books and keep your brain actively engaged. So get hopping!
The BBC Standard Bitesize site offers a three-page review of how to obtain particular information when reading literature. Learn to use proven hints to help you pick out specific information enabling easy comprehension of characters and setting. Page two gives you examples to see if you understand the process. After you answer the questions, an answer key is provided. The last page lays out the
different ways questions may be phrased when you are being asked about specific
information. There’s also a game to play to see how well you recognize
This site targets adults who want to improve their literacy, but it is a
great review for middle school and high school students. Students can practice picking out key words, scanning, and finding information from charts in the three
activities. These activities have several questions each to help you
practice. Feedback is immediately given. The wrap-up of the
activities repeats what you’ve practiced and makes suggestions on how you can
work on your own to improve your scanning skills. You will also find three
videos that address scanning and reading comprehension skills.
What an interesting way to explore Manhattan and its place in American literary
history. Scroll down the map of the island or click on the book icons to find
quotations from nearly one hundred authors that relate to specific addresses on
Manhattan. You’ll find the quotation, citation to the work that contains the
quotation, and, often, a portrait of the author. You can also access an index
of the authors and titles if you are looking for a specific book. References
from early 19th century to contemporary fiction, children’s books, and poetry
dot the landscape.
A GREAT article to share:
April 28, 2013 By: Vicki Windman
If you work with children on the spectrum, you know what a great addition the
social story apps have been to the iTunes App Store. Social Stories are a way to
help children on the spectrum learn behavior through stories that are created by
caretakers, teachers and speech therapists to help the student better understand
social cues and behaviors in a variety of typical situations.
The developers of the great toy box app Injini have returned under a new start-up name, Locomotive Labs, which developed Kid in Story ($6.99). Kid in Story has a
beautiful interface that looks like a bookshelf. But instead of buying more
books, you create books that are related to the needs of your student.
The app includes "How to Make a Story for Teachers and Parents" and "Faces I
Make. In addition the app has eight templates to help the story creator
choose a topic such as "A Day at the Movies" or "At the Playground." If the
templates are not what you are looking for choose the blank template and begin
making your story.
Stories are created from your camera roll. The app has a unique image detection technology to superimpose the child into the story. This is especially important for children who do not respond to abstract figures, such as cartoon or generic children. You just outline the child and they are placed in the story with one of the premade templates or one you create. Add your own text and narration and there is your social story. Children can go to the bookshelf and take down the story as they need it. For example, if a child has difficulty starting his or her day in school, use a school background and drop in a few photos of the child. Then use the book before the school day begins.
This app helps students with not only their social skills, but also their literacy skills. All in all, Kid in Story is creative, allows student participation and is a beautiful and thoughtful app at a great price.
Vicki Windman is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.
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.