flash Games for language, grammar, vocabulary, and
Here is a site where you can practice multiple language arts
skills. It is highly recommended by students at Valley
Language Arts Games for Kids
site for K-2
students to practice reading skills is
letter recognition or work through the
To Read books,
games, and resources. The site
also has support for
Design for Learning
Book Builder website helps you
books to support reading instruction for all students. Check
out their sample books to discover additional questioning
strategies. Visit their home page to explore additional
Reading practice for ELL students
(Spanish, French, German,
Diaz and a team of teachers at Stone Ranch have been using
Bookadventure.com, a free site sponsored by Sylvan Learning.
It allows students to take quizzes on books they read and to earn
is like a giant online book club for kids.
favorite books, write reviews, read reviews, talk about favorite
books, series, and authors. Sponsored by Disney.
Another book club for kids can be found at the
website for kids. Students can participate in book adventures
and activities from "the Magic Treehouse", "Junie B. Jones," "Nate
the Great," and other series.
Scholastic's new Flashlight Reader's book
Students read great books and hear authors describe just how
they tackle the craft of writing.
the Author Studies calendar at Scholastic.com to plan for
scheduled author chats. For additional resources visit the
PUSD Strategies for a Successful Chat web page.
might consider starting a "Dear
America Mother/Daughter Book Club" with other Dear
America Mother book fans in your neighborhood or school.
Here is a link to the main site for all the activities
that accompany the
"Dear America Book Series."
are often captivated by the works of a specific author, making
an exciting adventure in reading. If you didn't find an author on
the Scholastic Authors Site, try one of these:
Yahooligan's Author Directory
Children's Authors and Illustrators on the Web,
The HarperCollins.com Author in the Spotlight site
The Kids at Random House Author Spotlight site
Channel 4's BookBox Website
and Young Adult's Authors and
Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature
miss this year's
2005 Second Read!
It will be held on Friday, December 2, 2005.
Scholastic.com has an excellent section of teacher training and
Guided Reading by Gay Su Pinnell
Game for Greek and Latin Roots | Fact Monster
Online Professional Development Opportunities
Reading Tools for Parents
Professional Development for Writing
United Streaming ASCD
Training Videos. Login to United Streaming with your district provided
login and password. Choose "advanced search" and in the publisher
column, select: ASCD to view a complete list. Some sample ASCD videos
Interactive Writing (Primary Grades)
Writer's Workshop (Intermediate Grades)
great professional articles on writing instruction as well as activities
and resources, visit
Scholastic's Teaching Writing Page.
for Writing Instruction
lesson plans and activities
you can search the Scholastic lesson
database by grade level or search
subjects by grade level.
Biography Writing with the Online BioCube:
Students print a guide sheet, complete research, and then type
their findings online. The result is a printable "BioCube" of the
great persuasive writing topics,
check out the
Scholastic News Vote Now
pages each week. The topics are always
real world and very kid-friendly.
Toolkit on Channel 4's BookBox website is an excellent resource
for young writers. It has tools to help with getting started, character
development, plot development, writing dialogue, and much more. Be sure
to visit the
"games" section of the site where you can learn how to write
limericks, how to turn your favorite book into a film, or even try
finishing the missing parts of stories.
This is an award winning site created by a
teacher to share the strategies of Writer's Workshop. Until this site
can be found again, try this
Writer's Workshop on the Teachers First website.
Lesley University published a very good
article by a teacher who has developed some creative and helpful
and revising strategies to use with students.
This link has a large number of
Shape Books you can print to encourage creative writing.
Assessments and Prompts
Six Traits Writing
for Teachers | 6 Traits Official Site
| Student Friendly Rubric |
Handbook | Kid-Friendly Grammar
| Grammar PowerPoints |
SchoolHouse Rock Grammar Lyrics
Spell.com has multiple resources and activities to
improve student spelling.
practice spelling at FunBrain.com. Click on
FunBrain.com for links to ALL of their online
games, sorted by topic.
Vocabulary and Spelling City is a great site where you
can practice spelling and vocabulary words. You can
even create flash cards for special vocabulary lists.
A wonderful student named Sarah sent me this site with links to several excellent
resources that improve student
you're looking for an easy way to remember specific spelling
rules, you can always visit the
Musical Spelling Rules site to learn songs that
highlight spelling rules!
Letter Name Stage, Grades K-2
Within Word Pattern Stage, Grades 2-3
Scoring Guide by Feature
Scoring Guide by Error
Syllables and Affixes Stage, Grades 3-5
Scoring Guide by Feature
Derivational Relations Stage, Grades 6-Adult
Scoring Guide by Feature
Scoring Guide by Error
these inventories using teacher judgment. If a student misses
almost all the words, move down a level. Conversely, if a student
gets almost all the words correct, move up a level. The goal is to
determine developmental spelling stage. This can only be done when
the test is at the right level.
High Frequency Words
For a page
filled with outstanding reading and writing contests for your
students, visit the
Scholastic Contest page. Students can interact with
authors, recommend new story ideas, illustrate new books, or write
books, stories and letters to win one of the contests on this page.
Publish Student Writing
| Publish Student Book
Kids encourages students to submit their work to their
Write with students around the
world and publish your work online:
High School students can publish
their writings and photography online at
Writer's Window website from New Zealand publishes student
writing for 5-18 year olds. Students can review other's writings or
seek writing advice.
Student Book Reviews Online
Webster | One Look |
Merriam Webster's online
Look allows you to look up words in multiple online
dictionaries at once
By using the
Visual Thesaurus students can finally see the definition and
connotation of each synonym generated. Or students can easily click on
any of the synonyms on the screen to open a new search for words that
have that specific connotation.
- For all the poets in your class, be
sure to bookmark this
- As you teach your students to create
bibliographies for their reports and research papers, you may want to
visit Easy Bib,
a free online advanced bibliography maker. Another site that is
especially helpful for younger students is:
Tools Quick Cite .
middle and high school levels, students may access an enhanced
Noodlebib through a
subscription available from their school library. For information on citing online
resources, visit the Online Reference Guide to Using Internet Sources
Citation Styles for Online Resources.
Instructional Technology Specialist
Poway Unified School District