Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Top 10 Reading Websites for Elementary Students

Website suggestions for elementary students - suggested by Raki's Rad Resources
There are so many great websites out there for Elementary students that I decided to put together some Top 10 Lists for websites to use in the upcoming school year.  For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting lists of sites to use for various subjects.  Be sure to see the post I wrote about organizing websites, if you need a way to keep track of all of these.  And feel free to leave a comment with any additional sites that might help everyone with this week’s subject – Reading.

10 best reading websites for the elementary classroom
Top 10 Reading Websites for the Elementary Classroom - List put together by Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

1.)  Storyline Online - This great website has famous actors and actresses reading quality children’s fiction.  You get to see all of the pictures, just as if you were listening to a live read aloud.  This is a great way to expose students to quality read alouds – perfect for ESL students and low income families who may not have access to English books being read aloud.
Top 10 Reading Websites for the Elementary Classroom - List put together by Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources 2.)  Mighty Book – This website has great, animated stories for kids to listen to.  This is also a great way to expose students to quality read alouds – perfect for ESL students and low income families who may not have access to English books being read aloud.


Top 10 Reading Websites for the Elementary Classroom - List put together by Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources 3.)  Between the Lions – This website is based on the PBS show Between the Lions.  It has great stories, with the words underneath.  for students to watch.  There are also games based on these stories.
 
Top 10 Reading Websites for the Elementary Classroom - List put together by Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources 4.)  Bitesize – This UK based website has fabulous reading games and lessons on a variety of topic.  The KeyStage 1 site has lessons on phonics, spelling, alphabetical order, and rhyming words.  The KeyStage 2 site has lessons on deductions, poetry, dictionary and finding information.   
 
Top 10 Reading Websites for the Elementary Classroom - List put together by Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources 5.)  We Give Books – This website is owned by Pearson Foundation, and has hundreds of e-books available for kids to read for free.  In addition, the foundation donates books to kids in need around the world for all of your time spent on this site.  You can sort the books by content and age appropriateness. 
 
Top 10 Reading Websites for the Elementary Classroom - List put together by Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources 6.)  Andersen’s Fairy Tales – This website has links to Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, games about the tales and information about the author himself.


Top 10 Reading Websites for the Elementary Classroom - List put together by Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources 7.)  Time for Kids -  Real life reading is the most important type of reading.  Time for Kids provides kids with reading about today’s current events.  There are real life articles on topics that interest children.

Top 10 Reading Websites for the Elementary Classroom - List put together by Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources 8.)  Reading Planet – Kids Books’ Authors – This website gives information about all of the best kids’ authors and illustrators.  The information is written in interview format, which is a great for introducing kids to different reading formats.



Top 10 Reading Websites for the Elementary Classroom - List put together by Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources 9.)  Giggle Poetry – Read and Rate – This site has hundreds of poems for kids to read and rate.  It’s a great way to get kids excited about reading!


Top 10 Reading Websites for the Elementary Classroom - List put together by Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources 10.)  Elementary Place – This website has many topics that interest kids.  For each topic, there is a story where kids get to make the decisions, there is also an activity and a list of books about that topic.
 
 
 


For more resources to integrate technology into your classroom, check out my Technology Integration Kit.  You can also check out these blog posts:

Top 10 Writing Websites
Top 10 Math Websites
Top 10 Science Websites
Websites to Teach Typing Skills
Websites to Create Videos



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