Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer Literacy Ideas

Book, Books, Bookshelf, Read,Literacy:
Besides visiting the library and reading books, websites, apps, and games are great ways to reinforce literacy skills over the summer!

The following is a list of websites with interactive literacy and thinking activities for children of all ages.

For all students in grades 1-5 and some Kindergarten students; instruction may include: Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, and Comprehension of Literature and Nonfiction texts. Students’ username is their unique LASID number (which they should know, but if they do not, please ask their classroom teacher) and the password is: BPS1.

Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books.  Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube or SchoolTube.  Rainbow Fish, Wilfrid Gordon MacDonald Partridge, and To Be a Drum are just a few of the books available.

a laptop computer : Free

While some areas of Starfall are part of their premium service, they have many early reader stories available for free.  Students can follow along as the story is read to them and can, in some instances, help create their own story.  The website is highly engaging and a favorite of young readers.

Children can listen to short stories read aloud to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  ABCya! has a variety of educational games in addition to the featured stories.  Free resources and materials are available for grades K through 5.

National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students.  Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  It is a great way to bring interesting non-fiction stories into reading center time.

Play games, watch videos, learn about animals, and places, and get fun facts on the National Geographic Kids website.

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This list of suggested free apps that will have children practicing their reading, memory, and thinking and reasoning skills…

EPIC books (use blizzard bag log-in)
Trivia Crack
Heads Up
Tikatok StorySpark
Learn with Homer
The Opposites
Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion

Board Games
FUn for the whole family!

Spot It! (any version) I Have (Play ‘n Learn System)
Respond! Word Game WordTeasers (Small Fry)
Hedbandz Memory (any version)
Morphology Jr. Scrabble (any version)
Pairs in Pears Guess Who (any version)
Blurt Apples to Apples Jr.
Boggle Hangman
Rory’s Story Cubes Don’t Say It
Taboo for Kids BuzzWord Jr.
American Trivia Family Edition Freeze Up
Last Word Smart Mouth

Wild Guess Chase Guesstures