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  Websites that provide useful teaching and learning resources/tools
                         (alphabetical order)
            EE = Early Elementary                                     IE = Intermediate Elementary
            MS = Middle School                                       HS = High School

URL                                                                                           EE   IE   MS   HS

READING                                    x    x    x    x

This website features a reading strategy of the month. The link will also show you
strategies that have been featured in previous months and years, organized by
the various components of an effective reading/literacy program. Not all
strategies will be useful for all content-areas or grade levels, but there are useful
strategies for any teacher willing to take the time to examine them.                                        x    x

―FreeReading is a high-quality, open-source, free reading intervention program addressing
literacy development for grades K-3. Schools and teachers everywhere can use the
complete, research-based 40-week program for K-1 students, or use the library of lessons
to supplement existing curricula in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary,
comprehension, and writing. The site is also filled with free, downloadable supplemental
materials including flashcards, graphical organizers, illustrated readers, decodable texts,
audio files, videos and more.‖

                                                          1                                                           x
―The importance of music and songs is hard to over emphasize in developing
children‘s awareness of alphabet letters and their sounds–an essential and critical
step in early reading achievement. Now Jazzles gives you the opportunity to
"blend" alphabet songs and phonics into as many activities as you want—boosting
enjoyment, motivation, focus, self-esteem and speed of learning.‖                                                          x   x

―Research shows that skilled readers use a set of learning strategies that help them make
meaning from text. Into the Book provides you with tools to help elementary students
learn to use these strategies in reading, the arts, and across the curriculum.‖                                     x   x

This British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) link provides users with information about
reading.                                                     x   x
This site provides access to a variety of online activities that reinforce early reading skills.
A couple of the games are included below, but more are available to the teacher willing to
explore the site:
This online game reinforces the common spelling patterns for the nine vowel phonemes.
―In this game, the player picks out the vowel phonemes and chooses the right spelling
variation for words with vowel phonemes on alternate sentences until the postcard is
complete.‖                                                                                x   x   x

This web site offers teachers access to many research-based articles about teaching and
learning reading skills, K-5. The link Instructional Materials for Teachers is especially
useful for accessing resources for literacy centers—K-1, 2-3, and 4-5.                                                             x   x
This link takes users to information about 20+ popular reading strategies.                                           x   x

―These tools should be used to help students engage in rigorous thinking, organize
complex ideas, and scaffold their interactions with texts. They should not be used simply
as worksheets or activities for their own sake.‖                                                                           x   x   x   x

―GUYS READ is a web-based nonprofit literacy initiative for boys....The basic idea of
GUYS READ is that boys can be motivated to read by connecting them with texts that they
will want to read....The website... is designed to raise public awareness of the problem of
boys‘ literacy and to offer boys reading they will enjoy‖ (copied from press release linked to
the site). The site includes lists of recommended books.
                                                              2                                                  x       x
―The goal of the Literacy Matters project is to improve the literacy development of middle
grades and secondary school students, especially those students who are struggling to
succeed. The content within this web site focuses on what matters most in adolescent
literacy development. The first two "matters" are adolescent literature and content area
literacy. Literacy Matters seeks to reach three audiences. The primary audience is
teachers. They will find useful information, valuable resources, and creative opportunities
for online professional development. In some cases, the web site serves to complement
and extend face-to-face workshops and technical assistance. The second audience is
parents. Literacy Matters provides them with ideas about how they can support literacy
learning at home. The third audience is adolescent learners. For students, the site includes
interactive, online tutorials LINK (accompanied by support materials for teachers and
parents).‖                                           x       x

―There is strong empirical evidence that readers' awareness of text structure is highly
related to text comprehension‖ (Kameenui). This website links to many useful sites about
text structure.                                                                            x   x

“Into the Book is a multimedia package designed to improve students' reading
comprehension, as well as their ability to think and learn across the curriculum. Based on
current research, the project focuses on eight learning strategies:
      Using prior knowledge
      Making connections
      Questioning
      Visualizing
      Inferring
      Summarizing
      Evaluating
      Synthesizing
Into the Book includes:
      student Web site featuring interactive reading comprehension activities
      teacher Web site featuring music, video clips, classroom design ideas, posters,
          teacher guides, lesson plans and lots more
      Into the Book video series: nine 15-minute classroom videos teaching children
          how to be strategic readers
      Behind the Lesson video series: nine 10-minute professional development videos
          that model effective ways of teaching the learning strategies‖

Into the Book was produced in Wisconsin, but includes teaching and learning ideas that
have applicability in any classroom.                                                                  x

―Raising Readers is for all children in Maine, birth to age five, regardless of means.
Children receive a beautiful new book each time they go for a well child checkup with their
doctor or healthcare provider. Reading aloud to children, even from infancy, helps their
small brains grow and develop and starts them on the path to literacy and good health.‖

There is a link for early childhood educators that provides access to resources that can be
used in early childhood programs. The following link i may be especially useful to early
childhood educators of children, ages 4-5:

                                                          3                                       x       x       x
― was created by Laura Kump of New York City. Laura obtained her
National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle
Childhood. She is currently a Literacy Coach working in a PreK-5 school on Staten Island.
Laura has presented at the International Reading Association Convention and the Four-
Blocks Leadership Conference. Laura created to provide support to
teachers throughout the country. Teachers come to her site to network and share ideas.
There are many free resources housed here, along with discussion groups.‖                                                              x       x   x
This website provides numerous resources for using specific reading-comprehension
strategies accompanied by specific instructions for using each strategy:

ABC brainstorm                                              questioning the author
carousel                                                    pattern puzzles
clock buddies                                               RAFT papers
column notes                                                reciprocal teaching
comparison-contrast                                         underlining
CD map                                                      semantic feature analysis
graphic organizers                                          story maps
history frames                                              summarizing
inquiry chart                                               thesis-proof
K-W-L                                                       think-pair-share
opinion-proof                                               3-minute pause
power thinking                                              3-2-1
problem-solution                                            venn diagrams
QARs                                                        word maps                                                                   x       x       x   x

―This website is supported by the International Reading Association, the National Council
for Teachers of English and Think Infinity. The Web Resources Gallery offers links to a
myriad of useful English language arts resources on the Internet. Lesson Plans can be
sorted by title, grade, or date. ...Student Materials use free browser plug-ins to provide
high-quality, interactive resources for the K–12 classroom.‖                                                        x       x       x

―This site is provided by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest
nonprofit children's literacy organization.‖ The site features games and activities that
promote reading and writing.                                  x

This link takes you to one of the free online games provided by Click on
the arrows to hear the directions. Additional games are available by subscription. See for details.                                                                         x
―Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten
and second grade....The Starfall reading program is designed to be fun, exciting, and to
instill confidence in young children as they learn to read. The website and companion
printed materials are clear and effective tools to help you implement proven teaching
methods. Our website was created by carefully observing the way children learn using a
computer. The Starfall Website is easy for students to navigate independently, but it is not
intended as a surrogate for the teacher. Our scientific, research-based reading materials
and activities are modeled on the "Big Five" focus areas recommended by the National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development: phonemic awareness, systematic
phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. We built-in a sixth we'd prefer not be
overlooked—Motivation!‖                                                          x   x   x

―These FREE SCRIPTS are accessible as PDF files through Acrobat Reader. Reading
levels vary from grade one to middle school.‖                                                                    x   x

―The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is proud to bring you Storyline Online, an on-line
streaming video program featuring SAG members reading children‘s books aloud.‖ As of
July 2009, there were 22 stories available.                                                    x   x
―Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form. Readers
read from a "script" and reading parts are divided among the readers. No memorization,
costumes, blocking, or special lighting is needed. Presentations can easily be done in a K-
3 classroom. Scripts are held by the readers. Lines are not memorized. The focus is on
reading the text with expressive voices and gestures.‖ This site provides users with
numerous scripts for Reader‘s Theatre.                                                      x   x
This site is a companion site for Teaching Literature to Adolescents, 2 ed. (November
2010) by Richard Beach, Deborah Appleman, Susan Hynds, and Jeffrey Wilhelm. It has
unbelievable resources for middle-level and high-school teachers teaching American
literature, British literature, world literature, young adult literature, drama/speech, literary
genres/mythology, nonfiction, poetry, critical issues, story response/writing, and
media/technology. It offers information about professional development, assessment, and
censorship and provides lesson plans/course syllabi.                                            x   x

―Reading strategies can help any reader improve their skills.... The National Reading
Panel Report which came out in 2001 and was a report authorized by Congress on
finding out what are the best ways to teach reading … The panel identified a number
of strategies that are high utility strategies that cross over many different kinds of
reading whether it’s storybook reading, procedural reading or reading for

                                                             5                                                           x   x

―Bibliomania has thousands of e-books, poems, articles, short stories and plays all of which
are absolutely free. You can read the world's greatest fiction by authors such as Dickens
and Joyce, Sherlock Holmes mysteries, all Shakespeare's plays, or just dip into some short
stories by writers such as Mark Twain, Anton Chekov and Edgar Allan Poe.‖ The site also
includes numerous online study guides and research links.                                                        x   x
―Tumblebooks are animated e-books for younger readers. TumbleBooks are created in
Macromedia Flash which requires a FREE plugin for your browser.‖

Project Gutenburg                                                                              x   x   x   x
 Bartleby.Com E-Book Store - Great Books Online


UT Library Online - Electronic Books

The Online Books Page

Internet Public Library: Free Online Books

Free Online Books At The Free Well

Children's Books Online

Aesop's Fables

Folk and Fairy Tales

Online Children's Stories

Free Online Classic Children's Stories

                                                          6                                                       x   x   x

This interactive poetry form finder links to online interactive poem forms. An
example of each poem type is provided. The site creator, Alysa Cummings of the
Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC), provides a list of ways that
teachers have reported using the forms in their classrooms. The poems can be
used to integrate language skills into other curricular areas.                                                        x   x

These links provide teachers will multiple ways to access information and tools related to
grammar and composition.                                                                          x

―The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and
instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue.
Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist
with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and
out-of-class instruction.‖                                  x   x

This British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) link provides users with information about
writing.                                                             x   x   x

―Showbeyond is a multimedia slidecast creator, online publishing platform, and story
sharing community. With Showbeyond, [students] can easily grab... images, then add...
sound and text to create multimedia stories.... {Users] can combine and synchronize
slideshow with podcast.‖ Registration is free.                                                                x   x   x

“Tikatok™ is the award-winning site endorsed by educators where students create and
publish their own books. It also assists students in the writing process. As students collect
their thoughts, the site displays wrtiting hints at the bottom of each page of the book to
guide them, while teaching them the elements of every story—such as conflict, climax, and can also design their books. They select the font, layout, and image for
every page. Students with a flair for art can upload their own drawings. Once the book is
complete, teachers can order professional-quality, hardcover, paperback, or digital copies
at a discounted educaror price. Registration is free for teachers.‖ (EDUCATION WEEK
TEACHER PD SOURCEBOOK, Spring 2011)                                                   x   x   x   x

―At Web English Teacher educators can take advantage of online technology to share
ideas and to benefit from the work of others. Beginning teachers can find guidance;
experienced teachers can find inspiration. Think of it as the faculty library and faculty
workroom on a global scale.‖

This particular link is dedicated to 6+1 Traits of Writing.

                                                              7                                                                        x   x   x   x

―WritingFix is a teacher resource website that contains lessons and ideas for any educator
to freely use in their K-12 classrooms.... The lessons and ideas that are posted here were
(mostly) created by teachers enrolled in teacher workshops sponsored by the Northern
Nevada Writing Project....‖

―WritingFix has become a HUGE resource. If you visit us a dozen times, you'll still find new
resources and ideas to look over with each visit. Here are some good places to begin

        Writing Prompts: WritingFix features a variety of writing prompts, all designed to
         quickly get a student or a whole classroom writing in their journals or writers
         notebooks. Hover over "Writing Prompts" in the blue menu bar (upper left corner)
         to see the categories of writing prompts that we feature.
        Writing Lessons inspired by Mentor Texts: WritingFix features a variety of
         lessons, all inspired by different mentor texts. Hover over "Mentor Text Lessons "
         in the blue menu bar (upper left corner) to see the categories of writing prompts
         that we feature.
        Writing Traits: WritingFix features a variety of resources that are inspired by the
         six writing traits. These include posters, post-its, one-page resources, and
         thorough lessons. Hover over "6 Trait Materials" in the blue menu bar (upper left
         corner) to see the specific pages dedicated to 6-trait topics.
        Writing Across the Curriculum: WritingFix challenges educators to teach writing
         not just during language arts and reading time, but also during science, history,
         math, and other blocks of classroom time. When a student can write about a topic,
         he/she can be pushed to show deeper thinking about the topic. Hover over
         "Across the Curriculum" in the blue menu bar (upper left corner) to see the variety
         of resources we offer for writing outside of language arts.‖

This site offers resources for 6+1 Traits of Writing.

GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS                                                x   x   x   x

―Use graphic organizers to structure writing projects, to help in problem solving,
decision making, studying, planning research and brainstorming. Select a Graphic
Organizer from [a] list of links.‖

RESEARCH                                                           x   x   x
―The aim of this project is to produce age-appropriate non-fiction books for
children from birth to age 12. These books are richly illustrated with photographs,
diagrams, sketches, and original drawings. Wikijunior books are produced by a
worldwide community of writers, teachers, students, and young people all working
together. The books present factual information that is verifiable.‖                                                                             x   x

―KidsClick! was created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System, as
a logical step in addressing concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding their young
users to valuable and age-appropriate web sites. RCLS's first effort to address this need
was to compile a single page of search input boxes from the handful of existing databases
of selected or screened sites. This page has undergone several revisions, and is still being
maintained at‖

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―NoodleTools, Inc., a California company incorporated in 2002, was co-founded in 1999 by
mother and son team Debbie and Damon Abilock. NoodleTools' flagship product,
NoodleBib, has emerged as the leading bibliography software on the Internet, transforming
bibliographic instruction methodologies in thousands of subscribing schools and libraries.
The NoodleTools team offers expert help and unparalleled customer support to the
students and professionals who depend on NoodleBib and other award-winning tools in the
NoodleTools research suite.‖

This site offers a wealth of resources for teachers interested in teaching literacy and
research skills.

VOCABULARY)                                                       x   x   x

―The [vocabulary] lists provided here were generated by groups of volunteer subject matter
and grade level specialists from Tennessee schools whose charge was to identify those
terms and phrases that are important to student understanding of mathematics, science,
language arts, and social studies. Approximately 30 terms were identified in each subject
area so as not to overburden an individual classroom teacher.‖ These lists are offered
here as examples of how a grade level might select a few key terms as ―esstential
vocabulary‖ for a given content area.                                                                        x   x   x

This website allows students to practice spelling words with one or more missing letters.
Students can use prepared lists organized by grade level or enter their own spelling words
for the week and then practice spelling them. There are links to grade-level vocabulary
words, as well.                              x   x

This British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) link provides users with information about
spelling and grammar.                                                                       x   x

―You can select from one of [the prepared] spelling lists, or create your own. Custom
spelling lists can be saved, and linked to from a classroom website. Once you have
selected a list, play one of our many free spelling games listed to the right. These spelling
games have been designed to improve spelling abilities in a fun way that your student's will
love.‖                          x   x   x

―Alpha the Alien helps guide children through games of Space Hangman.‖ Use the
keyboard to guess letters in each word.                                                                    x   x   x
“ has over 42,000 spelling words and ten spelling games, A REAL
person who says each vocabulary word and sentence, free home pages for teachers and
parents so they can save their lists, How To Videos to explain to teachers and parents how
to use, a free forum and newsletter with more spelling resources, and
ten spelling and vocabulary games to play online or to print.‖

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―At Web English Teacher educators can take advantage of online technology to share
ideas and to benefit from the work of others. Beginning teachers can find guidance;
experienced teachers can find inspiration. Think of it as the faculty library and faculty
workroom on a global scale.‖

This particular link features information about vocabulary.

PROPAGANDA                                     x   x

Online Resources for Teaching Media Literacy
by Frank W. Baker

―In 1998, I created the Media Literacy Clearinghouse website because I wanted to offer K-
12 educators (and others) an online venue for locating appropriate resources that would
help in the teaching of media literacy. Thousands of teachers have discovered the
resources offered there. Over time, the site has grown and includes more original content
since its inception. Since that time, the web has not only become larger, but also more
interactive. A large number of interactive, online websites now offer teachers more
opportunities to engage students.‖

This site connects the user to resources for storyboarding, creating an animated movie,
understanding advertising and image manipulation, etc. Although there is at least one link
suitable for younger audiences, most of the sites are better suited for middle-level and
high-school students.

Reviews of the Media Literacy Clearinghouse:

       " of the best sources for media literacy" (School Library Media Activities
        Monthly, November 2006)

       "...takes its commitment to standards-based education seriously" (ISTE review:
        "101 Best Websites for Secondary Teachers" 2005)

       "...a great starting point for K-12 educators" (School Library Journal, August 2004)                                                x   x   x

Although this site features many resources designed for and by Canadian educators and
parents, there are many useful links and digital resources for other teachers (and parents)
interested in media literacy. ―MNet focuses its efforts on equipping adults with information
and tools to help young people understand how the media work, how the media may affect
their lifestyle choices and the extent to which they, as consumers and citizens, are being
well informed.‖                                                                       x   x   x

―Center for Media Literacy is a consulting company built on the foundation of the former
non-profit of the same name. It provides curricula, professional development,
implementation and research "to prepare educators, parents and children with the media
literacy skills necessary to be enlightened, engaged citizens of a global media culture." An
excellent Reading Room has many background articles.‖

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Users of this site should follow guidelines posted on the site:

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―At Web English Teacher educators can take advantage of online technology to share
ideas and to benefit from the work of others. Beginning teachers can find guidance;
experienced teachers can find inspiration. Think of it as the faculty library and faculty
workroom on a global scale.‖

This particular link features information about fallacies and propaganda.                                x   x   x   x
=28&y=5 features numerous activities and lesson plans, PK-12, that target media literacy
across multiple content areas.

LITERATURE                                                                              x
―Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the
180 days of the school year.‖                                            x   x

This lesson plan about the short story includes a PowerPoint
presentation and some interactive elements that are student friendly and engaging.                                                     x   x   x

―At Web English Teacher educators can take advantage of online technology to share
ideas and to benefit from the work of others. Beginning teachers can find guidance;
experienced teachers can find inspiration. Think of it as the faculty library and faculty
workroom on a global scale.‖

This particular link features information about children‘s literature, searchable by author.                                                             x   x

This particular link features information about drama, searchable by author.                                                           x   x

This particular link features information about literature, searchable by author.                                                            x   x

This particular link features information about poetry, searchable by author.                                                                x   x

This particular link features information about young-adult literature, searchable by author.
SAT PREPARATION                                                                              x   x

This website includes a vocabulary option in English that includes 10 levels of SAT prep-
type questions. The first few levels are appropriate for younger students.                                                                         x

These links provide information about Maine‘s online SAT preparation tool.                                                                 x   x   x
This website lists the 100 words most commonly found on the SAT. Teachers 3-
12 should be helping students learn these words in the context of lessons taught
or books read and discussed. Not all words will be appropriate for a given grade
or content area, but teachers can select the words that fit with what is being
taught at any given time.

GENERAL LINKS                                           x   x   x   x

―Curriki is more than your average website; we're a community of educators, learners and
committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will
benefit teachers and students around the world. Curriki is an online environment created to
support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to
anyone who needs them. Our name is a play on the combination of 'curriculum' and 'wiki'
which is the technology we're using to make education universally accessible. Curriki is
built on the XWiki platform, an open source development platform and ‗Next Generation
Wiki‘ application developed in Java and released the LGPL open source license.‖                                    x   x   x

This website provides free interactive language arts games and a tool for building
worksheets. Some features are only available to customers who have a subscription, but
there are many free activities.                                                                      x   x   x   x

This website requires a small annual subscription fee, but the activities made available to
registered users are extensive. There are two types of annual subscriptions: basic
($19.99) and everything ($39.98).                                                  x   x   x   x

This website allows users to search by discipline and by grade and provides free videos on
a wide variety of topics. Click on ―Literature and Language Arts‖ and select the grade span
you in which you are most interested: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12.

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―The Literacy Center Education Network is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a
mission to deliver free, professionally-designed, education material to preschool-age
children. Utilizing the power of the Internet, we distribute education material directly to
children in their homes, libraries, and schools.‖                                                                   x   x

This website provides teachers with PowerPoint presentations that can be used as is or
saved and then edited/adapted by right clicking on the mouse.                                                    x   x

―Strategies [included on this website] are loosely categorized under the heading that
generally fits their skill area; however, as the merged columns indicate, there is often
overlap and crossover. Helping students to see the integration of these skills is an
essential learning. Critical thinking is integrated in all of the categories.‖


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