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AMERICA READS CHALLENGE KIT
The America Reads Challenge project has released a resource kit to help your community create an after-school or summer tutoring project to help children in your community learn to read independently by the end of the 3rd grade. The Resource Kit is available online at http://ed.gov/inits/americareads/resourcekit/
Book Adventure - http://www.bookadventure.org/
Book Adventure is a free, non-profit, kid-oriented, on-line reading program designed to encourage students in grades K-8 to read more often, for longer periods of time, with greater understanding.
Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site - Reviews and
Teaching ideas for kids' books - http://www.carolhurst.com/
This is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.
Children's Authors and Illustrators - http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/authors.htm
This site lists many authors and illustrators of children's book and gives their biographies and links to resources for some of their books.
Children's Literature - http://www.fairrosa.info/
A web site with lots of good links for children's literature.
Children's Literature Web Guide - http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/
This is an extensive guide to literature for children and young adults. The site includes book reviews, online forums and links to book awards and authors.
Children's Storybooks Online - http://www.magickeys.com/books/
There are original stories with color illustrations for young children as well as older children and young adults. Children's Storybooks Online seeks to combine education and entertainment to amuse and engage children's imaginations. There are riddles, mazes, coloring book pages, and a page with children's links
Try this interactive version of the popular Cloze Reading series. Activities are organized by grade level.
Creative Quotations - http://www.creativequotations.com/
This site selects statements from famous people and links them to their birthdays. There are at least three people for each day.
English Raven - http://www.englishraven.com/
This is a web site made especially for new teachers looking for quality materials and tips on teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language. Experienced Teachers should also find the site useful, as there is always new material being uploaded, and new areas of teaching being explored. English Raven will probably be of most use to teachers of English to Young Learners and Young Adolescents. There are hundreds of free downloads on the site, but you will need a fairly recent version of Microsoft Word in order to download them.
Folklore and Fairytales Theme Page
Collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans), which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
Harry Potter Web links - We have an entire page for Harry Potter Resources. If you want an interesting, exciting adventure your students can share with other students around the world, these resources are something worthwhile to explore.
The Internet Public Library - http://www.ipl.org/
Visitors to the IPL site engage in many activities, including reading on-line books, magazines, or newspapers, browsing links of carefully selected web sites for children and teens, and receiving personalized assistance from an award-winning team of volunteer librarian and library school student researchers. This is an excellent resource. Keep it bookmarked!
Internet Public Library Youth Division - http://www.ipl.org/youth/
This site is a vast resource of information for any classroom with links from the obvious to the obscure.
K-12 Lesson Ideas for Literature - http://www.educ.ucalgary.ca/litindex/
The Doucette Index provides access to books and websites that contain useful teaching suggestions related to books for children and young adults, and the creators of those books. The books indexed are those held by the Doucette Library of Teaching Resources, but many of these books will also be available in other libraries.
Reading Lessons - http://gardenofpraise.com/lesson.htm
Second-grade teachers at a Christian school developed a reading program based on literature. The stories chosen were: Flat Stanley, The Chalk Box Kid, Boxcar Children, Stone Fox, Lily and Miss Liberty, Helen Keller, The Tree That Would Not Die, and Little House in the Big Woods. The site also has other good resources.
Literature Circles Resouce Center - http://fac-staff.seattleu.edu/kschlnoe/LitCircles/
Information and resources for teachers and students in elementary and middle school from the School of Education at Seattle University.
Mother Goose - Dreamhouse, Nursery Rhyme
Mysteries - http://www.mysterynet.com/learn/sites/
Five approaches for teaching the mystery genre and connecting it to learning in all areas.
Online Children's Stories - http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/stories.html
This site links to pages on the Internet that offer stories that you can
read or download.
The Quotations Page - http://www.starlingtech.com/quotes/
Looking for a certain quotation? Or looking for a quotation about a certain topic? You might be able to find it here.
Pink Monkey - http://www.pinkmonkey.com/
PinkMonkey.com is a FREE study resource for junior high, high school and college students, teachers and home schoolers. They offer the largest library of literature summaries on the Internet, with 332 detailed literature summaries on the site (no more Cliff Notes!), 109 Barron's Booknotes, and 223 Monkey Notes? booknotes viewable online for FREE. They add new titles all the time. In addition, you'll find a huge library of literature classics available for viewing or download. The StudyGuides are the most comprehensive online textbooks on the Internet. There are 15 high school/college level textbooks online. The Core Concepts section features links to great websites with detailed information for 15 subjects. New content is added all the time. [Must be 13 years or older to register.]
Planet Esmé - http://planetesme.com
This site features a list of favorite children's books for different age groups, tips for reading aloud, and suggestions for reading-oriented activities. I found the reference to this site in the May issue of Reader's Digest. The site's developer, Esmé, wrote "Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year" and has become a speaker for teacher empowerment workshops.
Stories and More
Links to sites with stories, poetry, literature, magazines, etc.
Word Central - http://www.wordcentral.com/
Merriam-Webster's Website for younger wordsmiths includes an interactive Student Dictionary and a daily buzzword with a definition, the word used in context, a history question for the word, and a pronunciation of the word. There is an archive of daily buzzwords. You can also sign up to get the daily buzzword by e-mail. It is a state-of-the-art digital reference tool and a terrific learning environment.
The Complete Guide to Literary Terms and Devices
A ThinkQuest glossary of literacy terms, with examples.
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Dolch's List - http://www.finhall.demon.co.uk/dolch.htm
Grammar Worksheets - http://www.rhlschool.com/englishv3.htm
This section of RHL worksheets offers printable exercises (and teacher's keys!) in such areas as Parts of a Sentence, Nouns (proper, singular, plural, pronouns), Adjectives, Adverbs....and lots more! Volume 4 is a bit more advanced. Check here also for worksheets in math, reading, and research.
Grammar Theme Page
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Haiku Theme Page
Limerick Pattern -
From the University of Oregon, "Pizzaz" creative writing web site which provides reproducible creative writing resources and handouts for teachers.
My Essay - http://www.myessay.com
tips, advice, and brainstorming help on writing a compelling personal essay, often the most dreaded and, some colleges say, the most important part of a college application.
Selected Links for ESL Teachers - http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/ESL3a.html
Semantic Rhyming Dictionary - http://www.rhymezone.com/
Teaching Creative Writing - http://teacher2b.com/creative/createwr.htm
This web site contains units for teaching facets of creative writing and the complete lesson plans for a creative writing course. Further units will be added. All of these units have been used in the classroom. They have been used with students ranging from 9th grade to college. Teachers should choose the units which they feel are most most suitable for the classes they are teaching. Materials on this site may be used for classroom teaching.
Verbs - 62 Irregular Verbs - http://www.lingolex.com/jap/iregver.html
Verbs - Regular Verbs A- Z - http://www.englishclub.net/reference/vocabulary/regular-verbs.htm
Word Walls - http://www.teachnet.com/lesson/langarts/wordwall1062599.html
What's a word wall? Word walls provide a quick reference tool for students and give them the confidence to use words they might normally leave out of their writing because of difficulty they may have spelling those words. Many teachers already know the value of this teaching tool, and our T2T contributors share their ideas and opinions in today's brainstorm. One of them, Sally Olson, has put together a list of more than 20 word wall activities and a list of words.
Writing Resumes and Cover Letters
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The Spelling Section
A ThinkQuest entry about spelling rules.
Spelling Theme Page
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Click here for a whole page dedicated to resources for research.
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Cultural Arts - http://www.carts.org/index.html
The Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students (CARTS) site offers a host of information about folklore, art, anthropology, and more.
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ABC Order and More!
Interactive activities for ABC Order, Synonyms and Antonyms, Contractions, and Word Order.
Created by teacher/author Jim Burke, this site is designed to help English teachers find materials and ideas they can use in the classroom. Included are links to daily poems, words, and history; literary and grant resources; links to English conversation sites; and tools for teachers.
K-3 Language Arts - http://www.8j.net/caf/english_language_arts/K-3/
Resources for English/Language Arts
Curricular and Instructional Materials for various areas of English and Language Arts.
Language Arts Games
Play interactive language arts games focusing on a variety of skills.
Poorly written sentences and paragraphs that require siginifcant editing to make them correct. Organized by grade level.
Speaking and Listening Activities - http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/mla/listen.html#speak
This site gives many activities for working on speaking and listening activities. Many of these ideas could also be used for drama and role-playing activites.
Story Arts Online! - http://www.storyarts.org/
This is a great resource for storytelling in the classroom, including lesson plans &activities, a story library, storytelling books & tapes, articles, links, and a curriculum ideas exchange.
Study Guides and Strategies - http://www.iss.stthomas.edu/studyguides/
This is an online manual to help teach students how to learn. These tips and tricks can assist with test taking, studying, writing essays, participating in the classroom, and more.
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Working the Puzzle Called Parts of Speech
A WebQuest that challenges students to review their parts of speech.
Links to lots of grammar sites. Many of them are interactive.
Grammar and English Fundamentals
A ThinkQuest entry that has four sections to teach the fundamentals of English: Parts of Speech, Spelling, Sentence Structure, and Basic Grammar.
Latin Roots and Prefixes
A ThinkQuest entry that teaches about Latin root words and prefixes.
2Bee or Nottobee
An activity to practice using the correct form the 'to be' verb.
A story and information about state-of-being verbs.
A story and information about action verbs.
Helping and Main Verbs
A story and information about helping verbs.
The Parts of Speech
Definitions and examples of the basic eight parts of speech.
Learning the Parts of Speech
This lesson deals with learning the eight parts of speech, and know how, where, and when to use them.
A Harry Potter Mad Lib that requires that students provide various parts of speech to create a "spell".
An activity to practice identify nouns as concrete or abstract.
An activity to practice matching synonym pairs.
Roots & Prefixes
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An idiom activity for younger students.
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June 16, 2011
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