K-12 Interactive Reading Sites
Gina Otto

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NACTIVITY PAD - http://www.activitypad.com/
Activity Pad offers printable preschool activities, word search puzzles, mazes, kid games and more to help children learn and have fun!

NALICE IN WONDERLAND, AN INTERACTIVE ADVENTURE - http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/wonderland/
A wonderful world of Lewis Carroll. So many different activities, like Alice's Guessing Game (hangman type), Help Distract the Puppy (a draw/color activity) - for all ages

EARLY LITERACY TECHNOLOGY PROJECT - LESSONS - http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/littlekids/archive/training_classresources.htm
Interesting stuff from the Montgomery Public Schools.  Dated technology, but check out student work pages at links on bottom.

FAKE OUT - http://www.eduplace.com/dictionary/index.html
INDEFINITELY DISCONTINUED. by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, BUT SO GOOD, CHECK BACK. Interactive game which challenges students to correctly guess definitions - archives of past challenges too by grade levels.

LAURA CANDLER’S FILE CABINET - http://www/candler.web.aplus.net
In the file drawers, you'll find all sorts of activity sheets and blackline masters created for Laura’s classroom. All of them are in PDF format, so you'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in to view and print the files.

MAJOR TESTS: SAT PREP: READING COMPREHENSION - http://www.majortests.com/sat/reading-comprehension.php
Major Tests is specifically for high-school students prepping for the Critical Reading section of the SAT. Since the reading passages on the actual SAT vary in length and number of questions, so do these fourteen practice tests. Each interactive practice quiz is scored immediately, and wrong answers are explained. Other sections of the site cover math, vocabulary and writing skills.

NMR. NUSSBAUM: READING COMPREHENSION EXERCISES - http://www.mrnussbaum.com/readingpassageindex.htm
Looking for short passages for reading comp. Here they are,with questions and answers. Mr. Nussbaum (a fourth grade teacher from Virginia) color codes the grade-levels for his reading quizzes, and organizes them into topic areas such as Famous People, Animals, and History. Review the instructions on the sample screenshot before you begin. It shows you where the timer is (only for fourth and fifth grade levels) and how to change the layout of the questions.

NMRS. DOWLING’S READING COMPREHENSION SKILLS CORNER - http://www.dowlingcentral.com/MrsD/area/readingcomp/readingcomp.html
Cause and effect, main idea, comparison and contrast, fact vs. opinion, time order, inferences, and word choices are the topics. There are times and untimed quizzes.  Neat.

NPRACTICE READING TESTS - http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/marketing/sfesl/practicereading.html
Originally written for grades 1-8 LEP students, these tests can be used by anyone. The reading tests provided here are a combination of multiple choice, short-answer, and long-answer questions. The short-answer and long-answer questions are designed to have students process the information in the passage, analyze it, and organize it to get the answer. In this way, "these practice questions test students’ analytical abilities, not just comprehension."

READING ROCKETShttp://www.readingrockets.org/
Lots of links including five homework strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities. Students are expected to complete homework, even those who have trouble with learning or reading.

SEUSSVILLE UNIVERSITY - http://www.randomhouse.com/seussville/university/
Seussville University is a site where you can have "lots of good fun that is funny" while learning basic reading, math, science, and reasoning skills. Your favorite Seuss characters serve as your guides in this brand-new interactive learning environment.

NSTARFALL.COM (LEARN TO READ) - http://www.starfall.com/
Primarily designed for first grade, the website and companion printed materials are designed to be fun and to give confidence to young children as they learn to read. Begin with "ABCs" which helps learners recognize the relationship between letters and sounds. "Learn to Read" features one vowel to listen to, manipulate, read, and eventually move toward mastering sound-spelling. "It's Fun to Read" explores a variety of genres and topics to expand reading vocabulary and comprehension. The advanced section, "I'm Reading," transitions from learning to read to reading to learn. Primarily designed for first grade. Make sure to scroll down to view entire page; some content is below the Flash player and might be overlooked.

Wonderful audio stories, all narrated by Natasha Gostwick,Story Nory is an archive of stories old and new, with a brand new recording released every week. These can be listened to on the computer, easily transferred to an iPod, or copied to a CD for listening in the car. The stories are classified as Original, Fairytales, Classics, Educational and Junior (which are the simplest stories specifically for toddlers and ESL students.)

NSTORYPLACE PRE-SCHOOL LIBRARY - http://www.storyplace.org/preschool/other.asp
Full of great activities, choose from one of many themes: Animals, Babies, BathTime, Colors, Crocodiles, Fire-fighters, Fish, Gorillas, Monkeys, Music, Pets, Shapes, Teddy Bears, Trains, and Wheels. Each theme has the following sections: On-line Story, On-line Activity, Take-home Activity, Suggested Reading, and Parent's Activity First-School Preschool Activities and Crafts. Adaptable for ages two to six, these crafts, lesson plans, themes and activities can be used at home, in the classroom, or at day care. Check the basic materials list, which includes construction paper, tempura paints, tape, crayons, and the ever important cover-up such as an old t-shirt. The activities themselves are divided into printable activities and themes (such as alphabet, colors, numbers and so on.)

Free comprehension worksheets for k-34 and for grades 3, 4, and 5. Really nicely laid out. Also included are LanguageArts Worksheet makers, workbooks, holiday worksheets, and science and social studies worksheets. Check out Japanese Kendo. Neat.


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Last updated February, 2009

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