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Description: This site offers free sample interactive stories to serve as a catalyst for writing instruction. Classroom subscriptions are available for purchase. (VAAP resource)
Description: This site is a resource for printing out flashcards that can be used as word banks or to fill-in-the-blanks when students need help with writing. It includes ABC's Cards, Animal Cards, Food Cards, Clothes Cards, Basic Concepts, Phonics Cards, and Verb Cards. (VAAP resource)
Description: The Secondary Literacy Instruction and Intervention Guide: Helping School Districts Transform into Systems that Produce Life-Changing Results for All Children speaks to the critical need for a clear, coherent and replicable district-level model incorporating evidence-based and research-validated literacy resources to meet the differentiated needs of struggling adolescents. These tools and guide are designed around the context of the University of Kansas' Content Literacy Continuum (CLC) Model.
Description: Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas: Getting to the core of middle and high school improvement addresses one important way in which schools can and must improve the literacy instruction they provide to students in grades 4-12. More specifically, it focuses on reading and writing instruction in the academic content areas-particularly in the areas of math, science, English, and history- that comprise the heart of the secondary school curriculum. (adolescent literacy)
Description: This document is designed to help principals monitor and support adolescent literacy instruction in their schools more effectively. It provides a brief history of the classroom walk-through, a detailed explanation of an Adolescent Literacy Walk-through (ALWT) for grades 4-12 (including a section for reading interventions in grades 4-12) and brief descriptions of the elements of instruction which research suggests will improve overall student reading achievement. (Center on Instruction)
Description: The RMC Research Corporation's Center on Instruction (COI) website is your gateway to a cutting-edge collection of research-based resources on instruction.While these resources are useful for improving the achievement of all students, they particularly target students in the lowest performing schools, students with difficulties learning mathematics, students needing intensive instruction, or special needs/diverse learners, including English language learners. This site includes information on...
Description: This site is designed for kids ages 6-15. It includes Activity Lab, Game Station, Book Zone and Express Yourself. This site is provided by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children's literacy organization.
Description: This article by Kristin Stanberry and Marshall H. Raskind will introduce parents to the role of AT in helping their children with LD. The better informed you are about AT, the greater the chances your child will experience success in school, in recreation and, eventually, at work. You will also want to learn how to choose AT tools that are reliable and to select technology that is tailored to your child's individual needs, abilities, and experience.
Description: A Supplemental Resource Guide to the K-12 English Standards of Learning Enhanced Scope and Sequence, Virginia Department of Education's Division of Instruction-January 2006
Description: This web site is a "joint collaboration between Ball State University and Paws, Inc. Its mission is to encourage children to explore academically sound literacy activities and provide them with tools to express themselves through creative writing programs. It is an internet destination that is free, safe, and fun!" There are all kinds of activities for kids to participate in to show their talents and abilities. Teachers will find lesson plans, curricula, and printable materials in the Teacher's...
Description: Many children with special needs require software that is very simple to operate. Switch software is a type of software program that is operated by only a few defined keystrokes and/or a mouse click. (The newest software programs include: Animated Toys II, Virtual Motor Skills and Story Builder.)
Description: Start-to-Finish Library (from Don Johnson) offers your struggling readers a wide selection of age-appropriate narrative chapter books written at two readability levels and delivered in three media formats. Students accomplish several goals with this unique series; they practice reading fluently and with comprehension using multiple text and electronic supports, while accessing the curriculum’s required topics, genres and literature. In Internet Explorer, if the product videos will not play...
Description: This site includes coloring, games, videos and music for early learning. (Early Childhood)
Description: PBS Teachers is PBS' national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels. We provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations.
Description: This site has a collection of interactive phonics flashcards and phonics worksheet generators. The flashcards include uppercase and lowercase letters. The worksheet maker produces printable activity sheets. (reading)
Description: This site includes phonics worksheets, free printable phonics workbooks for kids, ESL, or adult literacy programs with an additional section of free online phonics games from Fun Fonix!
Description: Foundational Skills for Young Readers This proven Phonics program provides explicit instruction and abundant practice for phonemic awareness, alphabetic knowledge, decoding skills, sound-symbol correspondences, and manipulating and building words. (This program must be purchased.) You will: Use a variety of learning opportunities— traditional, hands-on, and online—to makes sure all students have a strong foundation for reading Inform instruction with multiple, grade-appropriate...
Description: The IRIS Center offers a wide variety of resources and services to suit a diverse set of instructional needs and circumstances. Resources: Developed in collaboration with nationally recognized researchers and education experts, the Center’s resources about evidence-based instructional and intervention practices—Modules, Case Study Units, Activities, and others (including a number of Web-based tools)—are specifically created for use in college instruction, professional...
Description: Researchers set out to collect, categorize, and analyze experimental and quasi-experimental information on adolescent writing instruction in order to determine which elements of existing instructional methods are reported by research to be effective. (Excerpted from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition E-News, which can be found at http://www.ncset.org/enews/.)
Description: Firelight books has a variety of "Wheels" that give teachers time-tested strategies for increasing student performance. (The wheels need to be purchased.) Modification Wheel Intervention Strategies Wheel Multisensory Teaching/Learning Styles Wheel Roots and Affixes Wheel Terrific Teaching Strategies English Language Arts Wheel Terrific Teaching Strategies Math Wheel Terrific Teaching Strategies Science Wheel Terrific Teaching Strategies Social Studies Wheel
Description: I want to introduce myself. I’m Mrs. Houghton, and I’m “The Reading Lady.” As an educator and reading specialist, I created The Reading Lady to help children learn to read and to impart my love of reading. Reading is an adventure that changes with each new book. It is a journey that you can take over and over again. I would like to share my background as an educator. I’ve been a reading specialist for over 20 years, and an educator for 26 years. I have my Masters in...
Description: Lexia Reading is a computerized reading program that provides phonics instruction and gives students independent practice in basic reading skills. Lexia Reading is designed to supplement regular classroom instruction. It is designed to support skill development in the five areas of reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel. (From IES What Works Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences)
Description: SOLO, from Don Johnston Incorporated, is a software tool that includes word prediction, a text reader, graphic organizer and talking word processor—putting students in charge of their own learning and accommodations. Students of varying ages and abilities have access to, and make progress in, the general education curriculum. This is designed for students in ability level grades 3-9 and interest level grades 3-12.
Description: Teachers around the world use Starfall.com and Starfall high-quality educational products as an inexpensive way to make the classroom more fun and inspire a love of reading and writing. Parents use Starfall to prepare their children for school, and to support them once they are there. Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children. Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade.
Description: Use this site to create, read, and share engaging digital books that build reading skills for students. Your universally designed books will engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills. (Create an account to create, modify, and save books.)
Description: AdLit.org is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers (grades 4-12). The Hot Topics in Adolescent Literacy section is available in Spanish.
Description: This section offers both research and practice information on fostering successful reading practices in adolescent students. A section with research-based strategies that offers examples and advice is included as well as information on reading behaviors. Research papers and bibliographies for aspects of literacy are also available.
Description: The Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces (i.e. switches, alternative keyboards, touch screens, and dedicated AAC devices). You may write your own books using pictures from the huge collection at Flickr or pictures you upload. All books should be complete, edited, and revised to the best of your ability before publishing them to the site. While you are working...
Description: The National Center for Family Literacy is creating a literate nation by leveraging the power of the family. This site includes a section called, "Tools for Literacy Programs," which contains free teacher resources. (families/parent/parents)
Description: This site includes the following for educators: Lesson Plans, Free Professional Resources and Art Techniques.
Description: Dinah Zike is known for designing hands-on manipulatives that are used nationally and internationally by teachers, parents, and educational publishing companies. (Foldables are three-dimensional, interactive graphic organizers.) This site provides some samples and an online catalog of books, videos, etc.
Description: The U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences (IES), What Works Clearinghouse WWC) developed the practice guide: Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices. This guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students. The recommendations aim to help students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and...
Description: Reading software has transformed instruction for struggling learners and students with disabilities. Since different reading software applications contain different features, it is important that students are matched with software that best meets their specific needs. LD Online has identified five web-based resources that contain detailed information on reading software programs and address specific needs of students with special needs in reading. The following overview provides a synopsis of...
Description: Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The interface is translated into many languages.
Description: Web links related to SMART Boards including software and toolkit downloads, lesson activities, PowerPoint presentations and flash files that you can download and adapt.
Description: A web site with a variety of teacher materials. There are a variety of graphic organizers: some can be downloaded for free and some can only be accessed by subscribing to edhelper.com.
Description: The Visual Dictionary is designed to help you find the right word at a glance. Filled with stunning illustrations labeled with accurate terminology, it is the ideal language-learning and vocabulary dictionary for use rat school, at home or at work.
Description: One of the hardest parts about doing academic research on the Internet is figuring out where to start! A search engine or subject portal is usually the first thing to try, but which are the most useful for your research need? Fill in the short form and we'll point you in the right direction.
Description: In February, 1997, Susan Brooks and Bill Byles began a collaborative effort to extend assistance to fellow teachers. In November of 2000 that project expanded to a web presence known as Internet 4 Classrooms ("i4c"), a free web portal designed to assist anyone who wants to find high-quality, free Internet resources to use in classroom instruction, developing project ideas, reinforcing specific subject matter areas both in the class and at home and even for online technology tutorials. The portal...
Description: 4Teachers.org works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use. Discover valuable professional development resources addressing issues such as equity, ELL, technology planning, and at-risk or special-needs students.
Description: ReadingQuest is designed to provide you with the philosophical bases for sound comprehension strategy instruction, directions for a range of comprehension and content reading strategies, and printable handouts and masters for transparencies. This website has strategies for reading, writing, organizing, discussion and vocabulary in Social Studies (and all subjects!).
Description: Curriculum Creations: To increase active participation in the classroom, explore or download items from the Curriculum Creations section of this site. You may browse by subject area (English, Science, Math, History or Health) or by the type of assistive technology you would like to explore. High-Tech How To's: This section is a resource for assistive technology specialists and others who use technology to promote learning and the inclusion of students with disabilities in the school setting.
Description: 2,473 illustrated dictionary entries! Each word is used in a meaningful example sentence. Most entries have links to a related web site. Just click on an underlined word (or its accompanying picture), and you'll link to a related page. This picture dictionary is available in the following languages: English, English-Dutch, English-French, French-English, English-German, German-English, English-Italian, English-Japanese, English-Portuguese, English-Spanish and Spanish-English. As a bonus for...
Description: Classroom Suite Activity Exchange offers educators, therapists, and others access to hundreds of pre-made activities for immediate use with Classroom Suite. Use this time-saving resource to find and share activities specifically made for Classroom Suite, many including accompanying overlays for IntelliKeys and other AAC devices. Join the Classroom Suite community today to: Share your activities with a strong community of educators Post reviews and comments to guide colleagues Receive regular...
Description: Information to help students achieve progressive levels of mastery so that they may communicate effectively in English and, ultimately, participate fully in society and the world of work. This site includes: Curriculum Frameworks (Blueprints for implementing the content standards adopted by the California State Board of Education), Instructional Materials (Information and resources for instructional materials), Recommended Literature (Collection of outstanding literature for children and...
Description: Reading a-z.com offers thousands of printable teacher materials to teach guided reading, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, reading fluency, alphabet, and vocabulary. The teaching resources include professionally developed downloadable leveled books, lesson plans, worksheets, and reading assessments. (Teachers will need to subscribe in order to download the books.)
Description: Reading First is a national reading initiative established under the No Child Left Behind Act.