Welcome to Website Wednesday, bringing you some of the best of websites I’ve looked at recently that you can really use.
ReadWriteThink’s Student Interactives are literacy tools and fun activities for all grade levels. When you first access the site you’ll see the featured activities listed in front of you. There are many more that can be accessed from the menu at the left. You can make selections by grade level, interactive type, learning objective, and theme. If you find a particular tool that you want your students to use, add a shortcut to the webpage in your grade level share folder, or ask for it to be placed on the student K-2 or 3-5 start page.
Comprehension Strategies is a section of the Busy Teacher’s Cafe. This section provides information and resources for teaching about making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, determining importance, and synthesizing.
The Reading Lady links to over 45 scripts for Reader’s Theater. The scripts can generally be downloaded in either .pdf or .doc format. While you’re at the site be sure to click the “home” link in the top left corner and explore the other great resources available from the Reading Lady.
Certificate Street offers a variety of certificate templates to customize and print out. Certificates aren’t just for teachers to give to students. You can integrate this resource into the curriculum by having students make a certificate for a character in a story they just read, or a famous person from history. The files download in .pdf format, but they’re created to allow the user to type in certain fields. Just click where it says, “Type Here,” and customize the template in any way you’d like.
On another note, if your students could tell you why technology is important to their learning, what would they say? I found a video on YouTube featuring third graders talking about technology:
The next time you have just a few minutes, ask your students why technology is important to their learning. I’d love to hear their answers!