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Literacy Websites for Kids to Have Fun & Learn
 
Online Reading Websites ... Click on the titles below and enjoy with your child.
Read-Alongs are great for emergent, struggling, and reluctant readers, as well as being an excellent tool for ESL. They are also well received by strong and accomplished readers who are excited to follow along to the narration of their favorite books. Children, who are now growing up with e-mail, instant messaging, iPads, and, instagram, snapchat, and text messaging are early and willing adopters to this innovative online reading experience.​
 
Check out a few websites for high quality free educational resources:

 


Click on the links to go to the site ... enjoy the reading!
 
TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. The collection includes Story Books, Life Learning, Puzzles & Games and Language Learning from children's book publishers such as Scholastic, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Harcourt, Little Brown, Walker and Company and others.

Tumblebook of the Day ... Click the Read Online button for today's book!
Come back tomorrow for another new book. 
Happy Tumbling!​
 
 

 

Storyline Online - This great website has famous actors and actresses reading quality children’s fiction.  You get to see all of the pictures, just as if you were listening to a live read aloud.  This is a great way to expose students to quality read alouds – perfect for ESL students and low income families who may not have access to English books being read aloud.

 

 

 

  

 

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Learn Dolch Sight Words: Try these Macromedia Flash Learning Games ... Brought to you by the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library - They have provided this easy-to-use site for students and teachers.  The focus is on READING ... Students can play various games like MATCHING, SENTENCE BUILDING, SIGHT WORD STORIES, PICTURE WORDS, and CREATE A STORY.  This is an interactive site that young students will have fun and learn.



Literactive - Teaching Children to Read 
Literactive is one of the leading providers of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child's reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner. All the material is available for free from this site but you need to register. You can select activities focussing on ... PHONICS, GUIDED READING, READING SKILLS ACTIVITIES, E-POETRY, E-PICTURE BOOKS (independent reading), BLMs to download and even ESL (Spanish). Teachers can use the site in the classroom and even provide link to parents.

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Book – This website has
 great, animated stories for kids to listen to.  This is also a great way to expose students to quality read alouds – perfect for ESL students and low income families who may not have access to English books being read aloud.
   
 
 
 

 

 
 Between the Lions – This website is based on the PBS show Between the Lions.  It has great stories, with the words underneath for students to watch.  There are also games based on these stories.
 

 

 

 
 
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The Step-by-Step Learning Path presents the full ABCmouse.com curriculum in a carefully designed program of more than 450 lessons in six levels. As your child completes each lesson, he or she is guided to the next one and is motivated to continue learning by ABCmouse.com’s Tickets and Rewards System.

 

You get the first month free and then it's about $8 per month. Fantastic site and very easy for parents to use (and teachers too).

 

 


 
The Literacy Centre ... Early Childhood Stuff

 

A collection of early reading games (interactive/web based) for early literacy development (K-1). Very easy to use and have success in your learning. 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Children's Storybooks Online                 

 

Here are more ebooks and online reading ... More books, more fun, more learning (shhh, don't say this too loud). Some books you just read by yourself while others have accompanying audio. Fabulous for primary kids and the young at heart.

 

 

 

 

 

The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community.

 

Language barriers have never been more pronounced. Whether in an urban area of a modern country (e.g. the Chicago Public School system has 73 different languages represented in its student population) or the rural areas of a less developed country (e.g. Mongolia, where the ICDL has its first "branch" and where rural schools do not yet support a culture of reading for pleasure), differences in language are making it harder and harder for educational initiatives to bring about success.  

 

 

 
The project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to make a truly global connection with more than 1,000,000 students having participated.
 
What is it?

 

The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. While there are official tools you can use such as Skype, Twitter, WriteAbout or Edmodo, you choose the tools that will make the most sense for you. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the site and have your reader listen to and interact with an online reading of a book ... Lots of classics, versions of well-known stories, and newly written stories to choose from.  Click on the title  above and go to the website ... have fun!
 
 
 
 
A great website ... started in 2002 as a free public service to motivate children to read using phonics (and phonemic awareness). This site is perfect for pre-school, JK, SK, grades 1, 2, and even English language development (ESL, ELL). It's easy enough for teachers or parents to get on the site and start to use it right away. Your kids will like it too. Shhh!! Don't tell them they're reading.
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The project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to make a truly global connection with more than 1,000,000 students having participated.
What is it?
The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. While there are official tools you can use such as Skype, Twitter, WriteAbout or Edmodo, you choose the tools that will make the most sense for you. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.

 
 

Room 108
 
Room 108 is a Primary Education Site for Students and Teachers. There are over 1900 pages of Kids Games and Teacher Resources for children learning. A great resource for Grade One and Kindergarten Games! Click for a site directory. Lots of Free Worksheets and Free Educational Resources for kids in Elementary Schools.


 

 

EZTales - There are over 1000 animated story books for ages 2 - 8. Wonderful site.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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www.prodigygame.com

 

Ask your teacher about getting on this site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play DOS Games online ... WORD RESCUE 1, WORD GALLERY

 

 
These are two of Mr. Masciarelli’s favourite games for reading (Primary grades) - click the links to see them and your kids will love them!
 
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illustrators.  The information is written in interview format, which is a great for introducing kids to different reading formats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This site has hundreds of poems for kids to read and rate.  It’s a great way

to get kids excited about reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

This UK based website has fabulous reading games and lessons on a variety of topic.  The KeyStage 1 site has lessons on phonics, spelling, alphabetical order, and rhyming words.  The KeyStage 2 site has lessons on deductions, poetry, dictionary and finding information.  

 

 

 

 

 

We Give Books – This website is owned by Pearson zzzz5.jpg

Foundation, and has hundreds of e-books available for kids to read for free.  In addition, the foundation donates books to kids in need around the world for all of your time spent on this site.  You can sort the books by content and age appropriateness. 
 
    

 

 

Time for Kids Real life reading is the most important type of reading.  Time for Kids provides kids with reading about today’s current events.  There are real life articles on topics that interest children. 
 
 

 

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Andersen’s Fairy Tales – This website has links to Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, games about the tales and information about the author himself.
 
 

 

 

 

Do you want to have some fun remembering the good old days ... well, do it with your kids.  Go to the website and hear all-time favourite theme songs (good quality not midi) and challenge your kids to figure them out.  You can also be challenged to figure the latest TV Tunes.

 

 http://www.televisiontunes.com/

 

 

 

Real life reading is the most important type of reading.  Time for Kids provides kids with reading about today’s current events.  There are real life articles on topics that interest children.

 

 

 

 

 

YouTube ... Fractured Fairytales
Choose a video and watch a classic fairytale warped into something different. 

 

 
Use these as a jumping point to create your own "Fractured  Fairytales

 

 

 

YouTube ... Cool School Stories
Watch these neat little stories with some interaction involved.  Start with Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and then you choose which story you want to get involved with ... fun and easy to get engaged in!
 
 
Photofunia … Another Mr. Masciarelli all-time favourite!
 
This is a fantastic website to use.  It just keeps getting better and better all the time.  You can make amazing things happen to plain old pictures. Check it out and keep an eye on the time as you will be doing this stuff for hours and before you know it, it's tomorrow.
 
 
 
Great place for kids to start ... Comics and literacy ... means have fun and learn. Engage your students/children to go beyond what YOU see.  Make comics and share with friends and family!  Show them HOW and they'll show you WHAT. You download it and use it - no strings attached, just creative fun and learning!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Available for all parents and children to access and use all summer long.  Also, it is there for all teachers all year long too.  Click the link above to take you to the interactive site.
 
 
 
Photostory ... Easier and better than PowerPoint
 
Photostory is presentation software made by Microsoft ... it is readily available to download FREE over the internet.  You make really nice presentations (.wmv) to watch on your computer or over the internet.  Easy enough for Grade 1 kids to use and adults too!​​​
 
 
Dial-a-Story
You call and listen to a story of your choosing!
 
Dial-A-Story is exactly what it sounds like. You call a number, enter the age of the child and choose between stories offered in 15 different languages.
 
As an educational tool for furthering your child’s ability in another language I think it might be a great resource, however as a substitute for a parent absolutely not. There’s something special about your child seeing the words as you read them and pointing at the pictures that can’t be replaced.
 
 
 


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This website has many topics that interest kids. For each topic,
there is a story where kids get to make the decisions, there is also an activity and a list of books about that topic.
 
 
 
 
These accomanying sites are incredible too ... Some are already featured on our site, but you need to check these sites below - they will amaze you and kids will love them!
 
 
 
Some other wonderful sites for children to use ... have fun!
shhhhh, don't tell them it's learning:
 

 

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Funology ... The Science of Having Fun
 

 

 

 

 

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Bitstripsforschools.com
Make comics and have fun ... literacy at its best.
 
Ask your teacher for the class code and login.
 

 

 

 

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