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English Language Arts

 

Reading

Actively Learn: Actively Learn is a holistic process to improve literacy instruction for teachers. It is free for educators to use infrequently but you will likely want a paid subscription for a team or school. The site helps students go beyond the gist of the text and read for depth and understanding while interacting with the content by answering questions, highlighting key words or phrases, looking up vocabulary, and more. Students can be assigned text in ELA, science, and social studies. 

ALA Booklists: The American Library Association provides book lists for children that have won various literature awards. This site is worth a look, as it can connect you to directly to quality, curated literature for children. Our favorite are the Notable Children's Books, which are for ages 0-14. 

Great Kid Books: This blog is directed by Mary Ann Scheuer, a school librarian, mother, book lover, and more. For kids ages 4-14, the parents or teachers can search for award winning books, books by age level, books by review, and professional resources. 

John's Hopkins CTY Reading Lists: Welcome to a mecca of high-quality book lists! This site categorizes books by grade band, then further by genres including classics, fiction, mythology, poetry, math, and periodicals. 

Literary Devices: How convenient! Whether you are a teacher or parent trying to help a child, this comprehsive list of commonly used literary devices provides definitions and examples of the rules in literature. Strong readers can look for how these devices are employed by the author's craft in text. 

Newsela: Highly engaging, newsela provides world-class non-fiction content for teachers and students in a variety of topic areas. Current events, text sets, and units are also a part of the site. Teachers can sign up to use newsela for free or go PRO for a fee. All readings are interactive for teh user. 

Novel ConversationsWe can't get enough of this children's literature site that recommends books depicting advanced learners, complex plots, and thought-provoking themes. Voracious readers will enjoy looking through the book lists. Each book includes a brief synopsis and Lexile reading level.

Novel Ties Study Guides: An excellent site to purchase supporting resources for grade level novels, chapter books, and picture books. Each guide provides cross-curricular connections, vocabulary practice, synopsis, pre-reading activity, and more. A favorite resource site for us! 

Readworks: Free for teachers, this non-profit provides content and curriculum for improving student comprehension. Teachers can filter non-fiction and literary articles by grade, Lexile, topic, text-type, and others. ReadWorks offers paired texts, audio versions, and so much more. Students can submit assignments online and highlight and respond to text. The site provides data tracking tools for teachers and our favorite, Article of the Day. 

 

Writing, Grammar, Word Play

Bruce Van Patter: Bruce is an illustrator who has developed a website full of creative ideas for families and teachers to engage students in creative writing. On his "old site" under "fun stuff," there are many ideas to get your kids excited about writing in a creative manner. His best ideas use art to begin to tell a story. 

English Daily: English Daily is a compilation of American idioms, conversation, English exercises, and so much more. The site is free and simple to click through for use at school or at home. 

Flocabulary: This growing site provides a library of songs, videos, and activities for K-12 learning. Need a rap to help engage students to learn grammar? There's a Flocabulry video for that. How about the history of Labor Day? Flocabulary covers content in all subject areas. You can register for a free trial or subscribe for all access. 

Grammar Ninja: Grammar Ninja is for students K-8. It provides leveled practice in identifying parts of speech. When students identify parts of speech correctly, a ninja star marks it. 

National Writing Project: The National Writing project is a network of sites anchored at colleges and universities across the country. It serves teachers at all levels, providing resources, professional development, and research. This source provides parents and educators with resources to encourage children to write. 

No Red Ink: Making grammar fun, this site personalizes grammar instruction to students’ interests. Teachers can tailor work to student need. This site makes grammar fun and interactive, while lessening the burden on teachers and grading formal writing without seeing effective results.

ReadWriteThink: One of the greatest resources, this site offers a surplus of writing resources for educators and parents. The user can sort by grade level and type of activity, such as lesson plans, student interactives, mobile apps, calendar activities, printouts and more. 

Scholastic Book Wizard: This excellent site for teachers can also be used by parents. It allows one to search for books by reading level such as Lexile or DRA, grade, genre, or subject area. Similar to Lexile.com, another great site for finding books based on student data, searching for the just right fit book has never been easier! 

Seussville: Oh, the places you can go on this site. Teachers and parents alike will enjoy the easy to navigate activities, recipes, crafts, printables, lesson plans, author study, and more. 

Starrfall: Starrfall is a non-profit organization that helps children learn to read with phonics. It offers many free activities to motivate children to learn in an atmosphere of play. Starfall also offers a membership level with access to more learning opportunities for children. 

Stone Soup: Stone Soup is a digital (monthly) and print (annual) magazine that publishes creative writing by children ages 13 and younger. Contributors are from all over the world. Subscribe and begin submitting student work today! 

VocabularySpelling City: This site offers free spelling and vocabulary lists based on core standards and so much more. Our favorite are the game-based learning applications that are great for center work. Becoming a member allows a parent, teacher or district to access more games, track student data, and personalize lessons. 

Write About: An online platform for writing, students can write from prompts, navigate free choice and creative writing, journal, and more. 

Wordnik: While we love Thesaurus, Dictionary, and RhymeZone,Wordnik brings it all together. Wordnik shares a word's definitions, synonyms, antonyms, etymologies, hypernyms, equavilents, rhumes, same context, and so much more. This site is a useful source for any language lover. 

Wordsmyth: A free educational dictionary-thesaurus, this site also has an annual paid level to create content and a level for an educational  group subscription. We love the Children's Dictionary, which can be sorted by topic, and the illustrated WILD Dictionary. A great source for teaches or parents.

(Coming soon- others we'd like to explore: ALA Bookliara, Write About, Google Scholar, Raz-Kids, Storyline, Site Words, ABC Order, Letter Recognition, ABC Match)