WWW – RIF Reading Planet

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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.

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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.

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WWW – SepiaTown

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This week’s WWW (Weekly Wednesday Website) is SepiaTown, a website which is integrated with Google Maps to allow you to view historical photographs in their geographical context, and then compare them to what the area looks like now. 


sepiatown sanfrancisco


For example, you can click on the thumbnail of a specific location in San Francisco immediately following the great earthquake and fire in 1906, and then use the accompanying Google map to see what the same location looks like now.  Just click on the “then/now” button (see it circled in the screenshot above) in the top right corner above the Google Map.  The screenshot below shows you the comparison.


 sepiatown sanfrancisco then now


Users are encouraged to upload their own photos to expand the database, which might make an interesting history or geography project for your classroom!

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WWW – Myths and Legends

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One of the ways I’ve been sharing technology with my teachers is to email them a WWW (Weekly Wednesday Website) to share an online resource that might be useful in the classroom.  Starting today, I’ll share those websites here as well.  I’ve also created an archive of all the sites I’ve shared so far so that teachers can find a particular website without having to search through a list of emails. 

Today’s WWW:  Myths and Legends

This site has collected myths and legends from different time periods and from countries all over the world.  Students can hear the stories read aloud, accompanied by comic book-style illustrations.  Visitors are also encouraged to share their own stories by either typing in the text of an original tale, or using Story Creator 2, which is provided by the site.  There is even a Teacher section with resources created or recommended by teachers for use in lessons.  Fun to share with the whole class, or allow students to explore individually!

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