Excellent Websites for
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WEBSITES FOR STUDENTS

WEBSITES FOR TEACHERS
AND INSTRUCTORS


For Students in Grades Kindergarten through 4:


Reading Skills and Strategies:
  • Into the Book
    Fantastic site that offers instruction and tutoring in 7 Keys to Comprehension by Susan Zimmermann and Chryse Hutchins.

  • Smithsonian TweenTribune
    Ever want to read about what's going on in the world? At this site, you can. If you want to read about what's happening, enjoy the different articles. If you join the site, you can also write to other kids from around the world about what you think. It's a great way to learn about current events and to see what different people think about what is happening.

  • KidZone
    This site is suggested for pre-k, kindergarten, 1st grade, and struggling 2nd grade students.If a child needs work on letter recognition, short vowel sounds, or high frequency words, try this site. The site is NOT meant for children to use on their own. Rather, it is a site parents can use to help their children. It relies heavily on worksheets, which I normally try to avoid, but they are user-friendly and will give parents the type of support needed so they can help their children.

  • Suessville
    Play games, hear stories, practice reading skills, all in the land of Dr. Seuss!

  • Clifford, The Big Reg Dog
    This site offers games, reading activities, and worksheets. Appropriate for pre-school through 1st grade students.

  • Starfall Games, drills, and phonics activities. Also has lessons on word families. Appropriate for kindergarten through 2nd grade students.

  • ABCYa.com.
    This site offers various games for letter recognition, keyboarding skills, word recognition, parts of a story, sight words and spelling. The games are grouped by grade level, making it easy to find games appropriate for the child. Some of the games are more difficult to play than others (not as user-friendly as they could be).

For Teachers of Students in Grades Kindergarten through 4:


Reading Skills and Strategies:

  • ReadWorks
    This site is fantastic. At the present time registration is free. Teachers have access to informational texts and informational texts that allow for teaching literacy across the curriculum. Teachers can level assignments based on student independent reading levels. Tons of different applications for this site.

  • Smithsonian TweenTribune
    Whether you're teaching kindergarten or 12th grade, this site has informational text to help your kids succeed. Ever want to do current events in your classroom, but worry about the content of certain current events topics? This site has age appropriate content for kids. Not only will your students be interested in the different articles, but they will be prompted to discuss and/or write about their own opinion about the topic. The site is broken down by grade level and by topic. It also offers the same information at different Lexile levels, so students who are struggling can read the same content as students who are advanced.

  • Into the Book
    Amazing site that provides guided and independent practice in strategies outlined in Seven Keys to Comprehension by Susan Zimmermann and Chryse Hutchins. All strategies provides are research-based and are designed to help students become competent independent readers.

  • Florida Center for Reading Research
    Site offers lessons, scope and sequence, and assessment tools for reading skills. Much of the information and strategies suggested are based upon Reading First rationales.

  • ABCYa.com.
    This site offers various games for letter recognition, keyboarding skills, word recognition, parts of a story, sight words and spelling. The games are grouped by grade level, making it easy to find games appropriate for the child. Some of the games are more difficult to play than others (they are not as intuitive as they could be), but most of the games are easy enough to use that children can navigate them on their own. The games also identify which CCSS they work on, making it easy for teachers to assure students are mastering specific standards.

  • Reader's Theater
    Provides leveled Reader's Theater scripts that will assist in building student fluency and comprehension skills. You may decide to view other portions of this site. There are lots of gems here.

For Students in Grades 3 to 5:

Writing Skills and Strategies:
  • Writing Fix
    Great for students and instructors. It provides several different types of writing prompts, writing lesson plans, and help with writing in different genres. It also provides tools to use in the classroom. The site also has information to help work with English language learners.


For Teachers of Students in Grades 3 to 5:

Help with Writing Instruction:

  • Writing Fix
    Great for students and instructors. It provides several different types of writing prompts, writing lesson plans, and help with writing in different genres. It also provides tools to use in the classroom. The site also has information to help work with English language learners.

  • Teaching That Makes Sense
    Provides hundreds of pages on writing instruction, including excellent graphic organizers and lessons. The website also provides information on how to launch and maintain Writer's Workshop in your classroom.


For Students in Grades 6 to 8:

Reading Skills, Strategies, and Topics
  • Smithsonian TweenTribune
    Ever want to read about what's going on in the world? At this site, you can. If you want to read about what's happening, enjoy the different articles. If you join the site, you can also write to other kids from around the world about what you think. It's a great way to learn about current events and to see what different people think about what is happening.

Writing Skills and Strategies:
  • Writing Fix
    Great for students and instructors. It provides several different types of writing prompts, writing lesson plans, and help with writing in different genres. It also provides tools to use in the classroom. The site also has information to help work with English language learners.

  • Owl at Purdue
    Has added a section for students in grades 7 through 12. Provides assistance in proper MLA format, avoiding plagiarism, and writing skills. Offers help with learning how to develop a thesis statement. Hosted by Purdue University.

For Teachers of Students in Grades 6 to 8:

Reading Skills, Strategies, and Topics
  • Smithsonian TweenTribune
    Whether you're teaching kindergarten or 12th grade, this site has informational text to help your kids succeed. Ever want to do current events in your classroom, but worry about the content of certain current events topics? This site has age appropriate content for kids. Not only will your students be interested in the different articles, but they will be prompted to discuss and/or write about their own opinion about the topic. The site is broken down by grade level and by topic. It also offers the same information at different Lexile levels, so students who are struggling can read the same content as students who are advanced.

  • Newsela (News English Language Arts)
    At this site, you'll find a plethora of informational texts on current events and specific subject areas, allowing you to work on Language Arts skills across the curriculum. Make sure to check out the paired readings.


Help with Writing Instruction:

  • Writing Fix
    Great for students and instructors. It provides several different types of writing prompts, writing lesson plans, and help with writing in different genres. It also provides tools to use in the classroom. The site also has information to help work with English language learners.

  • Teaching That Makes Sense
    Provides hundreds of pages on writing instruction, including excellent graphic organizers and lessons. The website also provides information on how to launch and maintain Writer's Workshop in your classroom.

  • Owl at Purdue
    Has added a section for students in grades 7 through 12. Provides assistance in proper MLA format, avoiding plagiarism, and writing skills. Offers help with learning how to develop a thesis statement. Hosted by Purdue University.


For Students in Grades 9 to 12 and College:

Reading Skills, Strategies, and Topics
  • Smithsonian TweenTribune
    Ever want to read about what's going on in the world? At this site, you can. If you want to read about what's happening, enjoy the different articles. If you join the site, you can also write to other kids from around the world about what you think. It's a great way to learn about current events and to see what different people think about what is happening.

Websites for Writing Skills and Strategies:

  • Writing Fix
    Great for students and instructors. It provides several different types of writing prompts, writing lesson plans, and help with writing in different genres. It also provides tools to use in the classroom. The site also has information to help work with English language learners.

  • Guide to Grammar and Writing
    Offers lots of different resources, including interactive quizzes, explanations of various grammar rules, and help organizing essays. Excellent resource to prepare for tests.

  • Owl at Purdue
    Has added a section for students in grades 7 through 12. Provides assistance in proper MLA format, avoiding plagiarism, and writing skills. Offers help with learning how to develop a thesis statement. Hosted by Purdue University.

For Teachers of High School and College Students:

Reading Skills, Strategies, and Topics
  • Smithsonian TweenTribune
    Whether you're teaching high school or college, this site has informational text to help your students succeed. The current events topics in the articles are meant to be used as a catalyst for rich classroom discussion where students learn how to express themselves and how to use information from the text to prove their points. These discussions can be used to lead to deeper, more thoughtful argumentative writing. The site is broken down by grade level and by topic. It also offers the same information at different Lexile levels, so students who are struggling can read the same content as students who are advanced.

  • Newsela (News English Language Arts)
    At this site, you'll find a plethora of informational texts on current events and specific subject areas, allowing you to work on Language Arts skills across the curriculum. Make sure to check out the paired readings.

Help with Grammar and Writing Instruction:

  • Writing Fix
    Great for students and instructors. It provides several different types of writing prompts, writing lesson plans, and help with writing in different genres. It also provides tools to use in the classroom. The site also has information to help work with English language learners.

  • Guide to Grammar and Writing
    Offers lots of different resources, including interactive quizzes,
    explanations of various grammar rules, and help organizing essays. Some of the PowerPoints take time to download, but they are well worth the effort.

  • Owl at Purdue
    Has added a section for students in grades 7 through 12. Provides assistance in proper MLA format, avoiding plagiarism, and writing skills. Offers help with learning how to develop a thesis statement. Hosted by Purdue University.



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