Reading Websites

  • General English Language Arts (ELA)

    1. Storyline Online: Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books.  Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube or SchoolTube.  Rainbow Fish, Wilfrid Gordon Macdonald Partridge, and To Be a Drum are just a few of the books available. Storyline Online
    2. Read to Me: Similar to Storyline Online, Read to Me features popular children’s books being read by famous performers.  There are activity guides with hands-on ideas, discussion questions, and lesson plans that can easily be adapted to the Common Core State Standards.  Entirely free, the site is colorful and engaging. Read To Me
    3. We Give Books: A Pearson Foundation Initiative, We Give Books offers students a unique opportunity to read for social good.  Each book that is read results in a book that is donated to a charity for children.  While the books are not read aloud, they allow students to practice “Read to Self” with a good fit book during center time or after school at home.  There are books for children in preschool through fourth grade. We Give Books 
    4. TumbleBooks: TumbleBooks is a pay-for-use site that traditionally sells licenses to libraries and schools.  Many public libraries offer free access to their TumbleBooks account.  Students can follow along as the text is read them to help improve comprehension and fluency; everything from picture books to chapter books.  Portland Public Library has free access to TumbleBookCloud which provides Middle and High School level books.  If your student's school has a school license, there is also access to the Common Core Portal that includes lessons and quizzes to accompany the books. Tumble Books  
    5. International Children’s Digital Library: Discover books from around the world at the International Children’s Digital Library.  The free site does not read the books aloud, but students can read them independently during Read to Self or free time.  This is a great site for extension activities when learning about different regions of the world and can be used effectively into the middle school grades.  International Children's Digital Library
    6. Storynory: Storynory features a collection of original, fairytale, and classic children’s audio stories.  Students can follow along with the story as it is read to them, as the text is included on the site.  There are also some great features available that give you the option of downloading the audio to your computer, listening to “catch phrase” explanations, translating text into different languages (especially helpful for ELL students!) and more. Storynory
    7. Oxford Owl: After registering for a free account, you have access to over 250 children’s audio books that can be used in the classroom or home.  The book text is not part of the presentation, so students will not be able to follow along as it is read to them. Oxford Owl
    8. ABCya!: Arranged by grade level, this site contains a great set of computer-based activities for grades K-5th.  K & 1st grade have oral direction options.  Holiday-oriented choices are included in each grade level. ABCya! 
    9. BBC’s Bitesize Games: From the BBC, this site provides a number of interactive game options including rhyming words, phonics, ABC order, pronouns, punctuation, and more. Activities also include reading, writing, spelling and grammar. Note: audio has British accent. Bitesize 
    10. BBC’s Words and Pictures: For those who have completed Bitesize Games, here are activities for writing, phonics, sight words, and more. Words and Pictures 
    11. Dogo News: Kids news articles and current events - fodder for young minds! Dogonews 
    12. Fun For the Brain: Learn and review English grammar and early reading skills with interactive games. Fun 4 the Brain  
    13. Read-Write-Think: This site provides parents some grade specific after-school resources to engage students in reading and writing. Read Write Think 
    14. Seussville: Welcome to the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss! Here you will find resources and tips on how to read with your students as well as games and activities. Seussville 
    15. Starfall: This well-known site contains a number of activities for learning ABCs, reading, online stories, and more. Starfall
    16. Fact Monster: Here you will find all about books, grammar and spelling, speaking the language (includes idioms & proverbs), mythology, and facts about history, science and math.  Check out the Analogy of the Day as well. Fact Monster
    17. The Writing Wizard: Handwriting worksheets (and some for Math, too). Writing Wizard
    18. A Book and a Hug: Helping you find books your student will love to read. A Book and a Hug 
    19. Booktalks—Quick & Simple: Over 5,000 book talks may be found at this site. Titles are indexed by author, title, subject, and interest level. Select interest level to choose by grade level. BookTalks Quick & Simple 
    20. Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site: Go right to the Table of Contents to explore literature by author, curriculum area, themes, and professional topics. Activities and teaching suggestions are also included. Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site 
    21. Free Reading: Activities to develop early literacy skills such as phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and writing. There are also materials for a word list generator, sets of word picture cards, and a database of decodable passage worksheets (see tool section). In decodable passages, you have the option of choosing fiction or nonfiction. Free Reading
    22. Character Scrapbook by Scholastic: This activity is a good one to use for introducing character analysis. Students begin with 10 things they know about the characters, using words to describe the character, appearance, personality, challenges, and accomplishments.  Students can create up to 6 scrapbook pages for their character, with one page per category or topic. An illustration can be created and all pages can be printed. Character Scrapbook
    23. Roy the Zebra: Interactive reading games by word or sentence level.  NOTE-you must register (it's free) to use these games. Roy the Zebra 
    24. Story Place: The ultimate children‘s digital library, this site has stories read aloud with activities to accompany them. Story Place
    25. PBS Kids: Offers a wide variety of computer-based games for all grade levels. PBS Kids

    Spelling

    1. Spelling City: Make customized spelling lists. Spelling City 

    Vocabulary

    1. Make-A-Word: After the larger word appears on the screen, a student then drags the letters to the open part of the screen to create new words. Make-A-Word 
    2. Visual Dictionary Online: From Merriam-Webster, an index grouped by themes such as Astronomy, Sports, and Food & Kitchen that offers users over 6,000 words and definitions. Visual Online Dictionary

    Writing

    1. Daily Writing Prompts: Designed for upper elementary and intermediate levels, the daily prompts are grouped by month and have a visual to go along with them. Daily Writing Prompts
    2. Write Me a Story: Write Me a Story is the place where you can try your writing skills, share your imagination, read fun stories and maybe even get published on the Internet! Write Me a Story