Oxford Owl is a great site for beginning readers! There are a lot of ebooks that are at an emergent reader level with lots of predictable and repeated text so perfect for the Kindergarten or 1st grade student. They can listen to the story read aloud or turn the speaking off and read it themselves. A plus is that there are activities to use at the end of the stories to check comprehension. Take a look and see what you think! (and enjoy the English accents of the readers)
I found a free resource and never put it on this blog. The text following was actually from their site as they want you to copy and paste to your own blogs. I did use this site when I was still teaching. It’s a great resource for online books and donates books to worthy causes also! I loved having sources for good online books that I could have up on the Smartboard where all the kids could see.
We Give Books is a free online library of children’s books that enables your kids to help other children around the world while they’re reading. The best part is, your reading will directly impact the great work of non-profit organizations around the world! Their tagline says it all, “combining the joy of reading with the power of giving.” It’s the perfect tool for parents, teachers, caregivers, and anyone who loves children’s books!
When you go to www.wegivebooks.org, you’ll be able to read a special selection of books without a We Give Books account, but you have to sign up to access their full library. It’s definitely worth it, though. It’s just a quick form, and once you’re signed up, you’ll have access to over 150 quality children’s books! There are a lot of familiar classic titles, and even more new ones for us to discover. You can sort the books by age level, genre, author, and seasonal selections in the “Featured” section, so everyone can find something they like.
On the Causes page you can learn more about where your donated books are going. This fall, We Give Books is focusing on early childhood literacy across the United States and supporting great causes like Jumpstart for young children. In the winter, you’ll be able to read to support global literacy and give books to non-profits like Room to Read. They also give you the option to donate to help your book donations reach even more children.
We Give Books is a program of the Pearson Foundation and Penguin Group. Penguin works with its authors to provide an outstanding selection of online books while the Pearson Foundation donates print books to charity partners. We Give Books is a great way to get your children excited about reading and to teach them about the importance of helping others.
Teacher workshop starts tomorrow and this year’s start is so different than the last three. I’d forgotten how hard it is to prep a classroom especially when all your stuff is at home! I’ve already been in most days last week doing reading assessments and unpacking but am taking some time right to do some looking over some of my bookmarked web resources. I refound a terrific wikki with lots of information and resources for the SmartBoard. I’ve been concentrating on Smartboard math over the summer because I’m creating all the 1st grade lessons for our new math curriculum in Notebook for the district 1st grade teachers. I’ve had this wikki bookmarked for a while but haven’t done much exploring around. I think I’ll do that before school starts.