March 3, 2016
In response to a number of requests we received lately about websites for teaching reading, we went ahead and curated this list featuring what we believe are some of the best platforms to use in this regard. These websites offer a wide variety of reading materials, activities, lesson plans and several other resources ideal to incorporate in your reading instruction. We invite you to check them out and share with your colleagues. Enjoy
1- Reading Rockets
‘Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that o ffers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Our reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.’
ReadWriteThink is a great platform that provides a wide variety of educational materials covering different literacy areas including reading, writing, listening and speaking. You can use the integrated search functionality to filter resources based on criteria such as grade level, resource type, themes, learning objectives and many more.
3- Reading Rainbow
‘Reading Rainbow® first launched in 1983 as a children’s television series designed to encourage reading…Reading Rainbow, the #1 education service, now offers its fully reimagined library of books, videos, and games for the Web, iPad, and Kindle Fire. With the mission of bringing a passion for reading to Every Child, Everywhere, Reading Rainbow is available at home, in the classroom, and on the go.’
4- Reading Bear
Reading Bear is a great tool for helping kids learn to read. Reading Bear integrates both vocabulary practice (over 1200 vocabulary items) and phonetic awareness ( covering different phonetic principles and patterns of written English) into their lessons. All of these lessons are provided in the form of narrated presentations playable either as a video or as an interactive slide show.
‘Starfall has been teaching children to read with phonics for well over a decade. Our systematic approach, in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.’
6- Reading Eggs
‘The program has been developed by a highly experienced team of educational teachers, writers and developers. The Reading Eggs program focuses on a core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words using skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success. It completely supports what children learn at school and will help to improve your child’s results at school…With interactive animations, fun games, great songs and lots of rewards, Reading Eggs is a great place to learn to read. Children are highly motivated to return again and again. At Reading Eggs, learning to read is enjoyable as well as very rewarding. Every lesson ends with a new book and a new critter to add to your growing collection.’