In my last post titled “Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students. This week I was presenting on technology-infused reading strategies and resources for K-5 teachers and wanted to share them. They can be used in combination with the Station Rotation Model to help differentiate reading practice for younger students.
This is what a reading practice could look like in a station rotation model.
This strategy uses technology in two stations. In one online learning station, students listen to books/stories with an audio recording. In the read-to-self station, students read a digital storybook and record an audio capture of their reading.
Here are some great online resources for the online learning stations.
Read & Listen Resources
Storyline Online is a fantastic site sponsored by the SAG Foundation. There is a wonderful collection of popular children’s books read by actors. The simple animation is captivating and each book comes with a resource guide teachers can download to access discussion points and activities. This is perfect for students who might benefit from both reading and listening to a text.
Storynory is another online resource that allows students to hear audio stories and read the text. The stories can also be downloaded to a device if connectivity is an issue in your classroom. The free version has minimal advertising on the site
National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine is a great resource for nonfiction reading. Students can click through the magazine playing audio clips while reading along. The word being read in the text is highlighted in a different color so it is easy for the kids to follow along with the audio clips. There is a collection of magazines that include articles about animals, plants, stars, etc.
We Give Books is a Pearson Foundation initiative that allows students to read books (no audio) for ages 4-10 years old. These are fantastic for students reading on their own in the classroom on a device. Students can select their own books depending on their reading level and interest.
International Children’s Digital Library has an incredible collection of stories in a wide range of languages. The site also allows teachers to customize searches by age, genre, book length, or type of story (kid characters, animal characters, fiction or nonfiction).
If you use other online reading resources, please post a comment and share them! I’d love to hear what elementary teachers are using to get students reading online.