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  • My Storybook
    Get into digital storytelling by creating a colorful short story with the tools offered at My Storybook. There is a basic tutorial when you click Create a Storybook. Get started using clipart from My Storybook, upload your images, or use their draw tools to create your own artwork. Click the text box and change the font, font color, and size. Add more text and pages for your book, too. Saving and sharing require an email address.

  • LitPick
    LitPick is a great place to find preteen and teen literature reviewed by students from all over the world. It was selected in 2013 as Best Website for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of Librarians. Discover the latest reads reviewed by students.

    Use this site for a real reviewer's experience or simply to find great books. Evaluate other reviews and make a list of noteworthy reviewing techniques. Challenge your gifted ones to work on this authentic review task. This site is perfect to use for literature circles.

  • 170 Online Ebooks for Young Kids
    This site uses web mixes to group various free eBooks found all over the web. Options include Read to Me stories, National Geographics for Kids, Starfall books, and more. Choose any of the links to view the Symbaloo project. Then pick any story to begin.

  • Writers Speak to Kids
    Learn about the craft and techniques of writing straight from real authors in this series of videos at NBC Learn. Choose from 17 short videos, each less than 5 minutes, focusing on a specific craft such as writing poetry, sources for inspiration, and the writing process. Each video includes a transcript of the author's conversation. The authors write popular books for a variety of age ranges.

  • Curious George
    Join Curious George in his adventures with the Man in the Yellow Hat. Enjoy the antics of Curious George through online games, printables, and videos. Games feature matching, numbers, sounds, categorizing, shapes, Spanish, movement/dance, and animal sounds. Students earn stickers with successful completion of each game. In the teacher section, there are 16 "ready to go" activities. Each activity includes a description, topic, and tips!

  • Shakespeare Bookshelf
    This library of Shakespeare's literary works is organized just the way you want it: each poem, comedy, history, and tragedy is bound in its own volume and placed in alphabetical order on the appropriate shelf of the bookcase. The titles link to the 1914 edition of The Oxford Shakespeare at Bartleby and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare from Jeremy Hylton at MIT. You can find the actual text of any Shakespeare work.

  • Bookseer
    Students can input the name of a book they have just finished in order to find a list of similar books they might enjoy.

  • Magnetic Poetry
    As part of the commercial site for Dave Kappell’s Magnetic Poetry kits, The Kids Poetry Page extends the original idea of Magnetic Poetry online. The Kids’ Poetry Page lets you can play online (FREE) with several of the kits. Moving the word tiles, you create poetry to save, print, or publish online. An email address is necessary to publish online, but it is not shared with the poem. A gallery highlights poems created by kids. A similar adult section is available with the use of different poetry kits. A detailed teachers’ section includes multiple ideas for classroom use submitted by teachers.

  • Read the Words
    This clever site reads typed words, files, websites aloud as audio files so you can hear what is read. Primary or special Ed reading teachers may want to use this site for students to practice reading fluency "side by side" with the online avatar. Foreign language teachers will love this website as reinforcement for language learning. Students can listen as they read. They can also practice their pronunciation and compare it with any selected avatar. Use the oral readings on an interactive whiteboard or projector for class dictations and discussion starters. Beware - If you have students use this site on their own inappropriate words are not filtered, and will be pronounced. Registration is free but it does require an email address.

  • ReaderGirlz
    ReaderGirlz is an online book community for teen girls. Even the most disinterested reader will find the site visually appealing and perhaps be drawn in to choose a book to read. The site focuses on discussions of the latest teen literature with author interviews. Also included are music selections chosen by some authors to accompany their books. This site encourages teens to form book clubs and includes discussion questions for selected books.

  • Franny's Feet
    Introduce young children to Science, English, and Math with this entertaining and interactive site from PBS. Watch an episode from Franny's Feet. Change the background with a click of the mouse. Click shoebox adventures to choose your shoes and try a variety of activities depending upon the shoes picked. Choose Franny's words to complete word activities, music adventures, and more. Grandpa's globe teaches geography and explores faraway places. Find coloring pages, screen savers and wallpapers to download, and clips.

    Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Print the coloring pages for use in your classes. Use the activities and tie in to concepts in class (matching, etc). Share this link on your class website for families to explore together.

  • Story Jumper helps you write and illustrate stories in just seven steps-- then share them online. You begin by selecting a story format and accompanying graphic. Manipulate the text and add other items to the picture that forms with each addition to the story. You also change the background and upload photos. Add original drawings, as well. When finished with a particular scene, go On to the next page by clicking the arrow. In order to save and share stories online, writers must complete a free registration. Although there is an option to buy the finished story in print format, this is not necessary to use the site.

  • Big Huge Thesaurus
    This simple-looking online thesaurus is actually MUCH more than a quick-look-up. You can find synonyms, antonyms, similar words, and rhymes for any word you enter. A click on any of the words offered provides the same information for THAT word, sending you on word-paths through the English language. Innocent-looking links at the top of the page also provide hundreds of prompts for blog posts and stories, with enough choices to inspire any writer. Don't let the boring white background and plain-text presentation fool you. This tool has magic powers to make words interesting to almost anyone.

  • Brainstormer
    Stumped for different ways to get students to write a unique story or think about plot development? Spin the wheel on Brainstormer: a free word generator that can offer unique ways to develop prompts. Click the center button to let the wheel spin. Three words will be chosen that can be used to develop a story or to get over writer's block.

  • Classic Books / Vocabulary
    Looking for some vocabulary lists to complement your literature units? This site provides "ready to go" vocabulary lists on countless books. The titles are in alphabetical order. You are able to print out the entire list. Along with each title, the author, and number of vocabulary words are also included. This is a great resource!

  • Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos
    This great site offers more difficult vocabulary words with a short video so that students can more easily remember their definitions and usages. The focus for this site is students preparing to take the ACT and SAT tests, students who want to improve their verbal scores.

  • Poetry Everywhere Collection
    This is an amazing site with 12 notable poems that include a Quicktime video of the poem reading- either by the poet or an animated enactment (i.e. Emily Dickinson).  Each of the lessons includes a broad spectrum of activities, lesson plans, and PDF worksheets. While you do have to register to fully access the material, it is free.

  • DinoDictionary.Com
    For the avid dinosaur lover! Students can look up any dinosaur in this user-friendly dinosaur dictionary. Do not forget to listen to the dinosaur talk...and give a brief description of itself as well as the appropriate way to pronounce each individual dinosaur name.

  • The Poetics of Robert Frost
    This is a simplistic site that uses Frost's poetry to explain and exemplify figurative language. This is especially helpful for students who might have trouble understanding the abstract explanation of some figurative language definitions. This site uses specific Frost poems to demonstrate what each element is. Learn about figurative language, imagery, meter, sound devices (alliteration, consonance, rhyme, and more), form, tone, and style. The site includes a basic grid that describes the specifics of all of the elements highlighted at this site.

  • Prompts
    This site offers writing prompts of many types, from written prompts to line drawings, to photographs, from story starters to articles on the imagination. With plenty of prompts available at your fingertips, you'll find inspirational starters in a form which will appeal to all types of students.

    There is a submission option at this site. You are able to submit articles or projects, suggest web sites with FREE learning content, creativity journey blogs, or inspiring success stories. Before you submit any students’ work, be sure to check that the parental permission form has not been returned as "denied."

  • Dr. Suess Story Maker
    Your students become Dr. Seuss! They will when they choose characters, music, and background scenery to create your own Dr. Seuss stories. Your students will delight in pretending to be one of the famous characters from Dr. Seuss as they practice the art of Seuss-speak in their own stories. Whimsical music that is so very Dr. Seuss-like plays in the background as students read their versions of Seussville stories.

  • Oswego City School District Regents Exam Prep Center
    The goal of this nonprofit site is to help high school students meet the New York State Regents requirements in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. This project is supported by a federally-funded Title III Technology Literacy Challenge Grant and the Learning Technology Grant. Practice questions are available for all Regents exams.

  • 60 Second Shakespeare
    This is a fabulous site for the Shakespeare teacher or simply the Shakespeare fan. It includes all of Willie's most famous plays done up in student-friendly and attractive, attention-getting form. The challenge is for students to develop their own '60-second' bit of Shakespeare. The site includes examples of different formats and offers everything from teacher lesson plans to "master classes" in teaching students how to do things such as audios, films, and photo slideshows as well as the more common newspaper articles and acting classes. The site also allows viewers to “vote” on their favorite renditions.

  • Spelling City
    Your students will want to learn their spelling words (or capitals, states, or other lists), when you introduce them to this site. With the atmosphere of city-life, students or teachers generate their own list of words (or use the pre-saved ones at the site). What a great way to differentiate and have student individualize their lists! From there, students have the options of Test Me, Teach Me, or Play a Game. Check this one out if you teach spelling! You could link it to your classroom web site.

  • Browser Books
    This web site was created to allow beginning readers to read books on their web browser. Readers can click on the triangle in the lower right-hand corner of each page to turn the pages. If they are unsure of a word, they can click on it to hear a child's voice read the word to them. The books have been sorted by level and by subject.

  • Big Dog's Grammar
    The beauty of this web site is its wide grade range usage. It offers simple topics, such as subjects and verbs, but also offers misplaced modifiers, consistency, and MLA guides. Click on any of the categories and the page walks a student through very simple explanations of the structure. It then offers students self-tests, which they can take immediately to see if they understand. It provides instant feedback with each question, so students are guided before making too many mistakes.

  • Indigenous Peoples Literature
    This site is a wealth of resources on indigenous peoples of the Americas, including both North and South America. You can find poetry, artwork, daily wisdom, information about languages and leaders, and much more. Be sure to scroll down within the frame set or you will miss most of the content.

  • Dr. Seuss
    Follow the link below to find all sorts of activities and links to enrich Dr. Seuss books. If you love green eggs and ham get going!

  • Online Etymology Dictionary
    As the author explains, "Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant 600 or 2,000 years ago." Use this quick online reference to locate the point in time when a word entered into usage the way we know it-- or to find out what it used to mean, such as in Shakespeare. I put a link to this on my site because in science we're always talking about were a word is derived.

  • Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
    A fantastic and complete site that tells you all you need to know about making digital stories with students. The wide grade level range shows the versatility of the site for use with any student based upon his readiness to tell stories. The site includes everything from goals to resources to the step-by-step process used to create the stories.

  • Floppy and the Puppies
    Provide some hands-on practice in basic reading and vocabulary skills with this entertaining, interactive activity. Using visual and contextual clues students must select the proper word to complete each sentence, then click-and-drag to insert.

  • Penguins on Ice -
    Students can practice how to make a basic sentence more interesting by inserting descriptive words; practice adding correct punctuation to a statement; or create a sentence by arranging words in the proper sequence. This interactive writing activity is available with or without sound. It also has math activities! The penguins are adorable!

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