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15 ways to use Book Creator for Reading Responses

Book Creator is an excellent tool for students to enjoy creating and reading books together. by Dr. Monica Burns  learn more

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22 Classroom Reading Nooks We Love

Our favorite part of setting up a classroom is creating the classroom reading nook. As you design your classroom, you can help inspire a love of reading in your students by creating a reading nook they can’t wait to visit. Energize the space with pops of color, playful patterns, and special reading nook furniture that brings out…  learn more

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30 KEY CHILD LITERACY STATS PARENTS NEED TO BE AWARE OF

There’s no question that literacy is an essential element to a child’s development and opens the door to a brighter future. Just how important literacy becomes has been a question many educators and researchers have sought to answer. Foundations such as The Literacy Project seek to improve reading skill levels among struggling readers and target…  learn more

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60 Incredible Facts About Reading And Books: You Won't Believe Your Eyes

In an age where there are popular box sets, and so much social media, it's easy to be concerned about the popularity of reading books. Thankfully, then, you'll be pleased to hear that there is still a huge market for novels, and kids love reading as much as ever. We've listed interesting facts about reading…  learn more

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A Book Club Even Struggling Readers Love

“A traditional book club is good for people who like to read,” says Wren. “This kind of book club is intended for K-12 students to share, talk and engage with ALL books they are reading. There’s a gap between kids who love to read and those who find it difficult. Book clubs create good experiences…  learn more

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A Free Library of Classic Books & Novels: Teacher Resources

Free resources at this website to awaken a life-long passion for literature and learning in your students.  learn more

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Beautiful Blackbird Children's Book Festival

EDUCATOR’S TOOLKIT It is essential that we celebrate Black books and Black children’s book creators in our classrooms, libraries, and  homes. Dr. Krista Aronson of the Diverse Bookfinder outlines why in her video Black Books Matter. Below you  will find ways to engage with the books in this year’s Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival. We hope …  learn more

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Beestar: Math & Reading

Beestar.org is the premier after-school enrichment platform for K-12. It provides innovative online math and reading exercises and helps thousands of students achieve excellent grades. Using its curriculum-based programs for only 20 minutes a week, students can effectively master the core knowledge and skills taught in school. Parents can monitor performance online and know exactly what…  learn more

CommonLit

Making millions of students better readers and writers. CommonLit is a nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, especially students in Title I schools, graduate with the reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills they need to be successful in college and beyond. We believe in providing teachers with all the resources they need to set their students up for success, while also encouraging best practices in the classroom. That’s why the CommonLit Literacy Model is built on a foundation of over 2,000 high-quality free reading passages for grades…  learn more

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CommonLit Library: Target Lessons

CommonLit is a nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, especially students in Title I schools, graduate with the reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills they need to be successful in college and beyond. We believe in providing teachers with all the resources they need to set their students up for success,…  learn more

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Critical Reading: 50 Sentence Stems To Help Students Talk About What They Read

I love sentence stems for many reasons, not the least of which is their ability to function as cognitive ‘training wheels’ for developing minds.  by Terry Heick  learn more

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Daily Warm-Ups: Reading

Start each day with a new warm-up! These short, self-contained activities can be used in lot of ways in your classroom. "Bell ringers" will get your students' brains engaged for the class discussions ahead. Or, use them as a way to create 5 minutes of quiet time at any point in class. Our reading warm-ups…  learn more

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Diverse BookFinder

The Diverse BookFinder is a comprehensive collection of children's picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC). We've cataloged and analyzed trade picture books fitting this criteria, published since 2002.  learn more

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English Worksheets Land: Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is a skill that takes a great deal of patience on both the part of educators and students. The research tells us that repetition coupled with consistent feedback tends to improve the mental activities required to improve our ability to take in information. As you will see below, we provide you so much…  learn more

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epic!

Reading for all! Any reading level, any topic, any place and time—we've got your family covered with the perfect plan to fit your needs. Boost confidence with real books students love access to thousands of high-quality books, loved by millions of kids grade 6 and under.  learn more

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Epic! Reading Worlds Await

Empower student choice on any device. Free for Teachers, For Real. Epic School is free for educators and students with class code log in access from 7 am to 3 pm when school is physically in session! Epic is the leading digital reading platform—built on a collection of 40,000+ popular, high-quality books from 250+ of…  learn more

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Exercises That Help Students Focus on Reading

An occupational therapist shares movement breaks and simple tools that help elementary students focus on the written word.  When children are physically overstimulated, their reading often suffers. They may rush their reading and skip lines. They might have difficulty decoding and have decreased comprehension, visual focus, and reading stamina. The good news is that there…  learn more

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FastforWord

What is Fast ForWord? Fast ForWord is an evidence-based, adaptive reading and language program that delivers 1-2 years gain in 40-60 hours of use for any struggling learner. Schools choose Fast ForWord because our unique brain-based approach targets the root causes of reading difficulty to deliver lasting results that make better readers and lifelong learners.…  learn more

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FCRR Student Center Activities

FLORIDA CENTER FOR READING RESEARCH  Offers research information and free material if FCRR “student center activities” link is clicked. Activities for use in pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms. The activities are designed for students to practice, demonstrate, and extend their learning of what has already been taught, sometimes with teacher assistance and sometimes independently. Students can…  learn more

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Fifty Top Literacy Statistics

Ferst Readers addresses one of the most basic issues of childhood literacy-ensuring the availability of quality books in the home so that parents can read to their child. The research is clear. Below are fifty facts about early literacy that inspire us every day to keep working to make a difference in the lives of children.  learn more

Funbrain: Online Books for Fun

Created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, Funbrain.com has been the leader in free educational games for kids since 1997. Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.  learn more

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Hispanic Heritage Month – Reading List for K-12

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep. 15 – Oct. 15) is all about celebrating the contributions of Hispanic and Latino people to the United States. There’s no better way to celebrate Hispanic contributions and culture than through literature! Whether you’re looking for a book for a preschooler or a novel for a teenager, there are many amazing…  learn more

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Hoot Reading

We deliver a personalized, one-to-one learning approach that is effective and engaging Our personalized online literacy program is designed for kids age 4 to Gr. 6 to help them improve and accelerate their reading. Our mission is to raise independent, confident readers who love learning. Our programs are designed for every reader, at every level…  learn more

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How Minecraft Helps Kids Learn to Read

Clive Thompson has an interesting take on Minecraft and games like it. In addition to instilling spatial reasoning, math, and logic, it also teaches something else: good old-fashioned reading and writing. How does it do this? The secret lies not inside the game itself but in the players' activities outside of it. As John Dewey…  learn more

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Immersive Reader

MICROSOFT LEARNING TOOLS Immersive Reader is a free tool that uses proven techniques to improve reading for people regardless of their age or ability.  learn more

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Informational Text Projects That Build Thinking and Creativity

Ideas for helping you move student work from ordinary knowledge to extraordinary thinking. New demands for literacy instruction require an emphasis on both literature and informational text. But student work with informational text doesn’t have to be a dry regurgitation of facts. In fact, putting a creative spin on student performance tasks can turn informational…  learn more

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International Literacy Association

The International Literacy Association (ILA) is a professional organization with a mission of connecting research and practice to continuously improve the quality of literacy instruction across the globe.  learn more

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JumpStart: Reading Lesson Plans

There are many different places a teacher can look for good reading lesson plans. Teachers that come to class well-prepared can be confident about spending a productive hour with their students. Here are some reading activities and worksheets for kids that teachers can use to add fun to any reading lesson plan!  learn more

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K-12 School Reading List

Recommended reading books for elementary, middle & high school students This website aims to provide exciting, stimulating, and engaging reading recommendations for children in Elementary, Middle, and High School. The lists, one for each grade, are designed for parents, teachers, school administrators, librarians, and anyone who buys books for children. These are books your children…  learn more

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K-5 Learning: Reading & Math

FREE WORKSHEETS. Reading, math and more for Kindergarten to Grade 5  learn more

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KidLit TV

Explore the world of children’s literature KidLit TV is a winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award and has been selected as an American Association of School Librarians Best Digital Tool for Teaching and Learning. KLTV is available in over 700,000 schools worldwide via our website and video distribution partners. We’re a diverse group of…  learn more

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Kids Discover Online

Nonfiction, at its Finest.  Enrich your science, social studies, and ELA curriculums with engaging, standards-aligned nonfiction texts, at 3 Reading Levels. Check out the Discover Map  learn more

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Kids Discover: Free Lesson Plans

With a specialty in science and social studies, our team of talented writers, award-winning designers and illustrators, and subject experts from leading institutions is committed to a single mission: to get children excited about reading and learning.  learn more

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Music Training Can Be a Literacy Superpower

Holly Korbey June 23, 2022  When kids study music—intensively and over long periods of time—they become better readers. Here’s what’s at play. Music training improves the process of reading first by sharpening the brain’s attention to sound; as a child learns to read and play or sing specific notes, the brain’s ability to separate parallel…  learn more

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NewsWeek: Education Expert: A Love to 'Read by Three' Is the Answer to Success

A reading crisis has been building for decades, with every new round of test results and surveys shedding greater light on the reality that many children struggle to read. BETHLAM FORSA ,  7/25/22   learn more

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One Hundred More Books

This blog is a continuation of 100 Days, 100 Books, begun on January 20, 2017, highlighting books for young people with themes inherent in a vital democracy: resourcefulness, fairness, justice, courage, creativity and participation. Many are about life in America, historically and in the present. Some are familiar; others may introduce readers to experiences beyond…  learn more

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Phonics and Stuff: Tools for Teaching Phonics

Phonics & Stuff - the results of trapping a Montessori teacher and reading expert in a house with an amateur web developer for several months.  learn more

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Raz-Kids

The award-winning website where K-5 students go to read — anytime, anywhere! Raz-Kids delivers hundreds of interactive, leveled eBooks spanning 29 levels 400+ eBooks and open-book eQuizzes, with new books added every month, even in Spanish! Corresponding eQuizzes test comprehension, providing teachers with skill reports for data-driven instruction Online running records let teachers digitally assess each student, saving valuable classroom…  learn more

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Read Aloud

Read Aloud for 15 minutes. Every child. Every parent. every day. Reading aloud to children beginning at birth is one of the most important ways to lift a family and an entire community. Children who are kindergarten-ready are far more likely to be successful in school, work, and to be productive, capable citizens later in…  learn more

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Read to Lead

Empowering the next generation of readers and leaders Teachers, sign up for free and unlock engaging reading games to build students’ literacy, life, and career skills.  By creating digital learning games and curriculum set in the professional world and supporting educators in creating student-centered classrooms, we invite students to take charge of their learning.  learn more

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Reading Rockets: Children's Books & Authors

Reading Rockets is a national public media literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. We bring the best research-based strategies to teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, childcare providers, and anyone else involved in helping a young child become a strong,…  learn more

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Reading Rockets: Classroom Strategies

Our library provides teachers with effective, research-based classroom strategies to help build and strengthen literacy skills in phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. Esteban Bachelet July 13, 2022  learn more

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Reading Rockets: Teaching Reading

From the building blocks of reading to classroom strategies to creating inclusive classrooms — everything you need to know to help young and struggling readers succeed. Here you'll find proven ideas for the classroom, tips to share with parents, video of best practices, expert interviews, and the latest research — on print awareness, the sounds…  learn more

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Reading Rockets: What Is Differentiated Instruction?

Differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. Whether teachers differentiate content, process, products, or the learning environment, the use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping makes this a successful approach to instruction. Examples of differentiating content at the elementary level include the following: Using reading materials at varying readability levels; Putting text materials on…  learn more

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Reading Simplified Blog

Hi! I’m Dr. Marnie Ginsberg, founder of Reading Simplified™. Join the Reading Simplified Academy™ to learn how to streamline the teaching of reading. Discover the core activities that unlock decoding for every beginning or struggling reader. Master a streamlined approach to reading instruction for your entire class. Access over 1000+ pages of differentiated student materials that yield…  learn more

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ReadWorks

Reading comprehension instruction that works ReadWorks is driven by cognitive science research FREE content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from Kindergarten to 12th Grade  learn more

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ReadWorks: American Museum of Natural History Passages

​ReadWorks is committed to solving America’s reading comprehension crisis and student achievement gap. Driven by cognitive science research, ReadWorks creates world-class content, teacher guidance, and integrated tools that improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Log on to ReadWorks.org to access our FREE library of content, curricular supports, and digital tools.  learn more

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Science A-Z: Science in the News

Multilevel Science News Articles for Kids Science in the News engages your students in the ever-changing world of science. Each issue features compelling news articles for kids written at three reading levels to allow for differentiated instruction. Science in the News provides opportunities to teach critical thinking, inquiry, and the genre-specific, life-long literacy skill of…  learn more

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Starfall Education

At Starfall, children have fun while they learn. Starfall.com® opened in September 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read. Since then it has expanded to include language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade. Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight…  learn more

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Teach Key Reading Skills and Strategies with BookPagez

Build your literacy block around stories and resource sets designed to strengthen your student’s comprehension skills, build their vocabulary, and help them understand how words work. With a subscription to BookPagez you can print thousands of resources or assign digital activities to pair with the best books for Kindergarten – Fifth Grade readers.  learn more

TeacherFirst Reading Treks

TeachersFirst Reading Treks are a way of creating a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. Engaging and immersing readers in a story with maps and their pop-ups that have interesting information about the “stop” is a powerful tool! TeachersFirst knows that…  learn more

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TeacherVision: Reading and Literature Resources

Activities & Resources Help students achieve their reading goals with printables, lesson plans, and activities that enhance reading skills.  learn more

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Teaching students to analyze text

I’m a huge believer in the power of the habit. The more a person practices something, the more it gets embedded in the brain. That’s why I put a lot of energy into building the habit of using the right terms when I’m teaching students to analyze text. And that means that even when students…  learn more

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TeachingBooks: Author & Book Resource to Support Reading

Our mission is to equitably give all readers insights and opportunities that deepen their understanding and joy of the books they are reading. TeachingBooks is for anyone who reads, teaches, or enjoys books for children and teens. This service is primarily used in the PreK–12, public library, and academic settings.  learn more

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The Reading Room

Books for Children and Young Adults  learn more

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What the Science of Reading Says About Our Brains

As we head back to school this year, science-based best practices in education will of course be top of mind. Science of Reading discussions often focus on classroom instruction, teacher education, and curricular resources—all of which are vital factors in literacy development. But when it comes to learning to read, nothing is more important than…  learn more