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Articles, Reading, and Lesson Plan Ideas

 

NEWSELA- https://newsela.com/

Newsela builds reading comprehension through leveled articles, real-time assessments and actionable insights.

 

NY Times/ The Learning Network- http://www.nytimes.com/section/learning

The New York Times, and its site for educators--The Learning Network--provides a rich, engaging resource for learning about and thinking through the current events of the day. Great features include a word of the day, a close-based fill-in-the-blank news story activity, a visual thinking activity that poses an image with questions of inference and comprehension, and even the six questions, which regularly uses embedded video and audio.

 

Readwritethink- http://www.readwritethink.org/

Lots of teacher resources by grade level, lesson plans, and ideas. Under the classroom resource tab there are lots of students interactives (graphic organizers) such as a character map and lots more.

 

Read Theory- http://www.readtheory.org/

Online reading activities, completely free!

 

Games and Activities

 

Skillswise Games- http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en03text-game-types-of-text

 

Skillswise Types of texts- http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en03text-game-types-of-text

Verb Viper:  

http://www.arcademics.com/games/viper/viper.html

 

Wacky Web Tales:

http://eduplace.com/tales/

 

Fun Brain Reading:

http://www.funbrain.com/brain/ReadingBrain/ReadingBrain.html

 

Free Rice - vocab

http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1503

 

Reading Games-http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/archives/readingmachine.shtml

Grade level is noted on type of game----some are lower grade levels*

 

Various games- http://www.uen.org/7-12interactives/lang_arts.shtml

 

Projects, Writing, and Creating

 

Fake Book / Authors / Books etc    

http://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page

Simple to use.  Just click and type.  The profile pictures get pulled automatically based on the name that students type in.  Especially good for literary and historical characters!  Creating a fake Facebook profile requires a great deal of higher level thinking. Student have to take information and transform it. This forces students to be very creative. A fake Facebook page is an excellent way to see if student understand the concept behind a book, character, historical figure.



 

Pixton - Cartoon maker software  

http://www.pixton.com/

Have students login / create account using WWJH account info

Create comic strip, has multiple choices for people, animals, scenery etc. Add text bubbles. Students can publish, or share with teacher.  Or you can have students do a Print Screen, then paste into Google document to share with teacher

 

List of Authors who Skype with Classes for Free

http://www.katemessner.com/authors-who-skype-with-classes-book-clubs-for-free/

IT Administration

Donna Klimitchek​
D.I.S.D. Instructional
Technology Coordinator

donna.klimitchek@daytonisd.net

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