If you have any students in any of your classes who just can’t access your assigned texts, or write to any of your writing assignments, I have some resources for you, ALL 100% FREE and all include MANY different sets of texts, all texts can be set to whatever level you want them set to, all have reading comprehension questions, and all have writing prompts. You can also set up classes, assign texts as an entire class, and assign texts individually . . .
1. Newsela – I used this as a literacy resource in my blog post last school year.
Great for: Social Studies – Current events anyone? This website is full of them. There are also a lot of other Social Studies categories and articles all through this resource. Text sets and entire units are also included.
Good for: Spanish, Science, Language Arts – There are text sets for all of these subjects.
2. CommonLit – Another resource I used in my blog post last school year.
Great for: Language Arts – fiction, nonfiction, informational texts, essays, poems, speeches, articles, biographies, news, drama, folktales, memoirs, and on, and on, and on.
Good for: Social Studies – Check out the text sets.
3. ReadWorks – I am new to this website, and so far what I have loved is that it has so many different products and features.
From me: for less complicated versions of original articles, try StepReads. For a high-impact, 10-15 minute daily routine to build background knowledge, vocabulary, and reading stamina, try Article-A-Day.
From their website; “The largest, highest-quality library of curated nonfiction and literary articles in the country, with supporting research-based curriculum and formative assessments.
Reading comprehension lessons, vocabulary, and formative assessments — with an innovative instructional design featuring embedded teacher training — aligned to all states’ standards.
Teacher guidance and support to fundamentally and permanently improve teacher decision-making and effectiveness.
An unrivaled online user experience to drive fundamental improvement in teacher effectiveness and student achievement.”
Great for: Science, Language Arts, Social Studies
Bonus Resources (hopefully everybody doesn’t already know about these) . . .
1. iCivics – For all of my Social Studies friends. I played the Win the White House game and enjoyed the little bit I played of it. It looks like there’s a lot of other cool stuff on this website.
2. TeachEngineering – From our friends at the University of Colorado Boulder. I taught 5th-grade summer school last summer, and this was the STEM curriculum we followed. If you are looking to integrate a lot of fun, interactive, hands-on, experiments in your classroom, this is a great resource. This curriculum also got the ‘seal of approval’ from the BVSD literacy department, so if you’re a language arts teacher . . . go crazy!
Great For: Math and Science
Good For: Computer Science and Woodworking (believe it or not, Jeff Leonard!)
3. Expeditionary Learning – Protocols and Resources.
Great For: All teachers. If you’ve never seen this, you really are welcome!
4. stickK – If you really want to set a goal, and you really want to ‘stickK’ to it, try this.
5. Boomerang – I’m sure many of you are already using this, but just in case you are not . . .
Ever want to send an email but you just don’t want to send it right this second? Just write the email now and then tell Boomerang the exact date and time you want it sent.
Do email alerts ruin your productivity because when you get one you just can’t not look? Just pause your inbox, and emails and email alerts no longer happen. (Until you turn them back on.)
Finally, I found out today that Boomerang is now available in the app store!