Sites Shared With Teachers This Week 9/14/2012

 

The Legend of the Teddy Bear book by Frank Murphy, in honor of our 1st Grade Teddy Bear Parade on Sept 14

 

Author Name Pronunciation Guide from TeachingBooks.net for audio files of authors pronouncing and sometimes giving the history of their names

Carrot Sticks online game for math practice in computer centers or on the Promethean board

 

International Dot Day website, encouraging teachers and students to celebrate creativity in the classroom

 

 

Harry Potter Reading Club sponsored by Scholastic, with a Virtual Author Visit by J.K. Rowling on Oct 11

 

BrainPop Webinar Archives for “Back to School with BrainPop” webinar since BrainPop Jr. is now available to South Carolina educators free of charge through DISCUS

 

Deborah Hopkinson’s website for our 5th Grade Author Study for September, since many of her books tie in with our 5th grade Social Studies curriculum

Aaron Shepherd’s Reader’s Theater website for free printable reader’s theater scripts

 

WWW – RIF Reading Planet

This week’s WWW: RIF Reading Planet

As summer vacation draws closer, teachers and parents begin to worry about the Summer Slide, which refers to the loss of skills kids suffer over the summer when they fail to engage in any learning activities. 

Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slip backwards.

One way to interest students in reading over the summer is to lure them in with fun, online reading activities.  Enter Reading Planet!

RIF Reading Planet

 

Kids can visit the Activity Lab, the Game Station, and the Book Zone for reading fun, and then click on Express Yourself to do a little writing.  There’s also a Summer Reading Fun page with great ideas for families to keep the reading going at home.

Kids do not have to register to use the site, but if they do join they get access to additional features like contests, an online reading log, and opinion polls.  Many of these activities work great on an Interactive Whiteboard, too, so you can use them in your classroom.  Happy reading!

 

Click here to visit the archive of all the WWW sites I’ve shared so far.

WWW – ABCya!

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This week’s WWW (Weekly Wednesday Website) is ABCya! This site is jam-packed with interactive learning games for grades K-5.  You’ll find activities for math, language, health,  science, computer skills, and more, as well as online stories and holiday fun.

These activities are perfect for computer learning centers, or to use with the whole class on an interactive whiteboard.  In addition to the large and easy-to-use navigation buttons provided for all activities, the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade activities also include voice instructions so that non-readers can use them independently.

During these hectic last days of school, when schedules are often disrupted and students are too excited to sit still for seatwork, keep your class engaged with these fun learning tools!

Click here to visit the archive of all the WWW sites I’ve shared so far.