Free Books, Best Reading Games, Resources and Children’s Books
Find the Best resources for both reading games, traditional Language Arts and interactive Childrens Books Online that integrate technology into the classroom.
Best resources for both traditional Language Arts and modern communications sites and applications on the web.
1) University of South Florida has an amazing program called Lit2Go, in which they have public domain books narrated by professional voice actors. I have had mixed results with the quality of librivox recordings, though I very much respect and appreciate people who are willing to attempt it. Lit2go is wonderful quality.
Librivox also gives a significant boost to text-to-speech and speech recognition research, currently librispeech corpus based on librivox is the largest and quite useful corpus of spoken English.
READING CHILDRENS BOOKS ONLINE
FACT: The average cost of a school library book in 2006 is now over $20, and schools should be purchasing two books per student per year to keep their library collections current. Even with state funding, most schools are not purchasing two books per student per year.
Smories.com Smories are original stories for kids, read by kids
or try Old Mother Hubbard
Do Babies Learn Vocabulary From Baby Media? Study Says No
NBC's 'Today' show recently suggested that claims from the manufacturers of baby media products may be overblown, and now a new study published in Psychological Science presents empirical evidence that infants who watched an unidentified baby video did not actually learn the words that the video purported to teach.
The researchers, led by Judy S. DeLoache of the University of Virginia, recruited 96 families with children between 12 and 18 months of age to participate in a month-long study. Some children watched a best-selling infant-learning DVD several times a week, half of them watching alone and half with a parent. Another group had no exposure to the DVD, but their parents were asked to try to teach them the words from the DVD in everyday interactions.
Before and after the month of vocabulary work, all of the children were tested on their knowledge of a list of words that appeared in the DVD. The results were clear: Those infants who regularly watched the DVD over four weeks learned very little from their exposure to it, regardless of whether they had watched alone or with a parent. They knew no more of the words from the DVD than did children who had never seen it.
This aligns with DeLoache's earlier research showing that very young children often don't understand symbols that are perfectly obvious to adults. Infants who watch DVDs like the one used in this research may not relate the images on the screen to reality. 2010 http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/206553.php
Shakespeare's Plays from Folger Digital Texts
"Timeless Texts” and “Cutting-Edge Code,” culled from the words of the Bard. This code refers to the source code that users can download from the site, allowing interested parties to develop new noncommercial Shakespeare projects and apps. To get started, visitors can access the Read a Play feature.
Starfall - Learn to Read using online tools with phonics. For preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Exciting phonics games and online interactive books.
Online Nursery Rhyme Cards
To encourage both the school-home connection, as well as the positive influences of families reading together, this site offers more than seventy illustrated nursery rhymes to print as cards and send home with students. They can also be used in the classroom, collected, reviewed, and sent home as a little book.
Skills Checklist for Kindergarten:
Mouse / Keyboard - What Smaller Hands Need. Safe educational resources to use with children ages 2 through 6. FREE PRINTABLES AND COLORING BOOKS - GAMES - ABC's - Music and Song
FIRST GRADE PRACTICE SKILLS ONLINE
- Sight Word Sets Online for the first grader to practice.
- Early Emergent Readers Leveled Reading Games
- Talking ABC's
- Belt Word Challenge for site words.
- Flash Program that teaches the alphabet
- Download the alphabet - Alphabet flashcards
- RepeatAfterUs.com struggling with pronunciation in an English as a Second Language class provides free texts and audio clips to help students around the world with their language skills.
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- Kiddie Records devoted to the golden age of children's records. This period spanned from the mid forties through the early fifties and produced a wealth of all-time classics. Many of these recordings were extravagant Hollywood productions on major record labels and featured big time celebrities and composers. Over the years, these forgotten treasures slipped off the radar and it became our mission to give them a new lease on life by sharing them with today's generation of online listeners.
- BookPals Storyline features online stories for children. You can see videos of bedtime stories read by mothers, with subtitles and some pictures of the books. Those stories can be used by students level A2 and above to improve their listening comprehension. Note that for some books you can also access the script as reader's theater : the story turned into a play!
chose "my rotten red headed older brother" (a story with lots of comparative and superlatives), and here is the reader's theater: and then "Pigasso and met Mootisse" based on the characteristics of Picasso and Matisse. A teacher's guide is provided with lots of activities to do around the story, and links to sites to discover the lives and works of the real painters so as to understand the references.
- Storybooks to Read - easy books for young readers to read on-line.
- Integrate reading into music-- or to recommend to classroom teachers. http://www.starfall.com/
- Kiddie Records - Revive Children's stories recorded in the 40's and 50's. Kiddie Records Weekly is a two year project celebrating the golden age of children's records. This brief but prolific period spanned from the mid forties through the early fifties, producing a wealth of alltime classics. Many of these recordings were extravagant Hollywood productions on major record labels and featured big time celebrities and composers.
- StoryNory - iPod Ready Stories for Kids
This fun and free site contains audio stories that you can either listen to online or on your iPod or MP3 player. Some titles include The Flying Trunk, Tim learns where Easter Eggs come from, The Princess and the Pea, Favourite Stories, Kissa the Cat, The Owl and the Pussycat, How Prince Bertie became Bertie the Frog, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Elephant's Child, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Sleeping Beauty, The Cat's Elopement, The Snow Queen, and many more. A fun site for younger children.
- Beatrix Potter Online Stories - Offers a variety of B. Potter stories in slide show format with Real© Audio.
- Aesop's Fables Online Many of these fables are printable and read aloud by a 10 year old student in California.
- Readers' Theatre Scripts for grades 2-4.
- Book-pop - read online while music plays in the background.
- On-line Books and Stories.
- The International Children's Digital Library Children's Books Online
Teacher Recommended Activities AND BOOKS
REMEMBER AUTOGRAPH BOOKS?
Why not revive this forgotten tradition in your classroom. This is an autograph book, from Valparaiso, NE dated 1900. It appears to have been the property of Miss Etta Seedlund. This book is old and dark, with all entries done in pencil, therefore, I have scanned all pages, and then transcribed the inscription, as best I can, below the scanned image.
- STORY TELLING BEST ONLINE STORY BOOKS
- RESOURCES FOR FOLKTALES AND STORY TELLING.
- Zoobooks education information with games & activities.
- Classic FairyTales - Read aloud stories and activities.
- Dr. Seuss - games, books and activities.
- MightyBook - read aloud books.
- Story Place - stories and activities.
- Kidsread - games and trivia
- Vocabulary.com - games and puzzles that promote word power including thematic word puzzles.
Teacher Recommended Literature Resources
- The Road to Literacy
100 Most Frequent Words in Books for Beginning Readers
An on-line project and resource to encourage the development of literacy and technology skills
- VIEW EXAMPLES OF CREOLE LITERATURE
- GUAVABERRY BOOKS Information on integrating Literacy, Dialect Speakers and technology into the classroom using free online curriculum.
- International Childrens Digital Library [pdf]
The mission of the International Childrens Digital Library is to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of childrens literature from the world community. Hundreds of books are online, and visitors can click on Read Books to check out the fruits of their labors. Dozens of languages, range of thematic listings, such as real animal characters, picture books, and kid characters. Visitors can a sign up for a free account while they are here.
- Don't know much about - read and find out about America's history
- A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Hawthorne's retellings of classical myths are still remarkably fresh and effective.
The Blue Fairy Book
The Red Fairy Book
The Yellow Fairy Book
The Violet Fairy Book
- Stories to Tell to Children: Fifty-One Stories With Some Suggestions for Telling (1908)
How to Tell Stories to Children, and Some Stories to Tell (1915) Books by Sara Cone Bryant, with a good selection of traditional tales, and old favorites.
- Myths and Legends of the Sioux Compiled by Marie L. McLaughlin (1916)
- Old Indian Legends Zitkala-Sa [aka Gertrude Simmons Bonnin]. Stories of Iktomi and other legends of the Dakotas (1901)
- Enchanted Tulips and other verses for children, Maud Keary (1914) Eat your heart out, Book of Virtues!
- Louisa May Alcott
- Little Women - The UK edition (Part 1 of the US edition)
- Good Wives - The UK edition (Part 2 of the US edition of Little Women)
- Little Women - Includes Part 1 and Part 2.
- Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Lewis Carroll The Hunting of the Snark - Includes the illustrations by Henry Holiday
- H.G. Wells The War of the Worlds
- Kate Douglas Wiggin
- Oscar Wilde
- Beatrix Potter The Tale of Mr. Tod - Illustrated
- Kenneth Grahame
- Robert Louis Stevenson
- Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels - Illustrated, with commentary
- Booth Tarkington Penrod - Illustrated
- Mark Twain
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Illustrated, with commentary
- Rudyard Kipling
- Jack London
K - 12 CyberGuides are supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. Each CyberGuide contains a student and teacher edition, standards, a task and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected web sites and a rubric, based on California Language Arts Content Standards. In the guides, the magenta text indicates the language (or context-appropriate equivalent to the language) of the content standards.
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
300,000 MARC records, and over 20,000 reviews.
CAROL HURST'S LITERATURE SITE
http://www.carolhurst.com/index.html Book reviews, practical literature extension ideas, themes and professional resources
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE WEB GUIDE - Books, awards, authors, resources, lessons and ideas for the classroom - more comprehensive than most and layed out for getting in and out quickly
DIGITAL LIBRARIAN - Online catalogue of titles by subject area; online book reviews, periodicals, articles and data bases at your fingertips - completely searchable.CLASSICS ARCHIVE - Select from a list of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and "reader's choice" Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation
CONCORDANCES OF GREAT BOOKS An Index to the Great Books in English Translation With Links to Online Editions if Available
LEGENDS - History, literature, and lore presented with the promise of guided access to primary source material and up-to-date scholarship, personal essays and extended reviews, and historical surveys and thoughtful commentary.
LINGUISTIC FUN PAGE - http://www.ojohaven.com/fun/
Looking for a new twist to many of the English topics we tirelessly attempt to impart to our students?
BEHIND THE NAME - http://www.behindthename.com/
An introduction to etymology and first names, as well as languages, elements in first names, and the most popular names - interesting possibilities for word study.
ACRONYM FINDER - http://www.mtnds.com/af/
Searchable database containing common acronyms and abbreviations about all subjects, with a focus on computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military; 61,000 acronyms & their meanings.
Banned Books Books Suppressed or Censored by Legal Authorities
S.C.O.R.E. CYBERGUIDES Supplementary, web-based units of instruction centered on core works of literature. They are designed for the classroom with one online computer; each CyberGuide contains a student and teacher edition, objectives, a task and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected web sites and a rubric
SONNET CENTRAL - An archive of English sonnets with commentary, pictures, and relevant links on the WWW
SURFING WITH THE BARD Over 200 pages on this site alone plus links, discussion boards and more all dedicated to Shakespeare's genius