Kerpoof Lesson Plans Write and illustrate storybooks. All basic content directed to in-school use is free. Example lesson plans include “Metaphors in Fairy Tales,” “Haiku,” and “Tell a Story.”
MyVocabulary.com Literature/book activities, word lists, root word lesson plans, thematic puzzles, test prep and assessment
Poetry Foundation Find poetry by topic or author. Browse poems and poets. Articles, video, audio and podcasts, children’s poetry, mobile poetry app, newsletters. Create an account to save your favorites. The Learning Lab has annotated poems, poem guides, discussion questions, writing ideas, teaching tips, core learning poems, glossary of poetry terms.
Poets.org Educator section includes units and lesson plans, teacher discussion forum, great poems to teach, and a resource center.
Reading Rockets “A national multimedia literacy initiative using research-based strategies to spread the word about reading instruction and to present ‘what works’ in a way that parents and educators can understand and use.
The Reading Rockets project includes PBS television programs (also available online and on DVD); online services through the websites ReadingRockets.org and ColorinColorado.org; professional development opportunities; and a robust social community.”
Sample activity: Grocery Store Literacy Activity Sheets “Colorful activities to print the next time you go to the grocery store. Turn your regular trip into a reading adventure. This full set of 8 activities features familiar characters from PBS KIDS programs Word World, Super Why!, Sesame Street, Between the Lions, and Martha Speaks. (In English and Spanish)”
Shmoop “Guides to about 200 classic school novels, with Intro (includes a Why Should I care section), Summary, Themes, Quotes, Characters, Analysis, Questions, Photos, Quizzes, Best of the Web, Write Essay and Teaching. Includes a step-by-step essay writing tool.”
Teaching Library Ideas and printables for kids’ books, from picture books to young fiction (5-11). Popular books including James and the Giant Peach, Rainbow Fish, Skippyjon Jones, and Click Clack Moo. Many books also include YouTube videos.
Writing Fix “Real teachers sharing great lessons designed to ‘fix’ reluctant writers.” Top ten resources, writing prompts, inservices, developing projects, writing about reading, teaching the process, across the curriculum, writing genres, 6 trait materials, and more.
Many Things.org Word games, matching and crossword puzzles, grammar, listening, reading, writing, spelling, and more. Targeted to ESL students, but content is low to middle level english vocabulary.
ReadWriteThink Check out their featured interactives, character trading cards, doodle splash, drama map, fact fragment frenzy, fractured fairy tales, hero’s journey, literary graffiti, mystery cube, and more
SAS Curriculum Pathways Learner-centered tools, lessons, and resources with measurable outcomes. Interactives, webquests, classroom activities, web lessons, projects, and links. To login, staff user name: clean7stars password: use9think. The system will send you an email and prompt you to create a personal user name. It will also give you a student username to give out to your students.
Vocabulary.co.ilSpelling City-type games for SAT prep, idioms, literature, contractions, synonyms, foreign languages, homophones, suffixes, context, analogies, oxymorons, word play, and more.
Grammar Free Rice Grammar Grammar game that increases with difficulty depending on your correct responses. Missed words repeat later to help you learn them. Each correct response results in a donation of rice to the hungry. Homograph Jeopardy
Literature Lord of the Flies Game “The aim of this game is to introduce some basic analytical aspects of the book and to challenge the reader’s memory through play.”
Online Books Bartleby.com Read classic English and American literature online Books.Google UDL Editions by CAST “Publicized by Google around the world, UDL Editions is a model for presenting classic texts from world literature in a flexible online interface with just-in-time, individualized supports for struggling and expert readers alike.” Click anywhere in the book and it will read the text to you. Double click a word to translate it into Spanish, or click the book icon for the dictionary definitions. Use different colored highlighting pens, then display your highlighted text in a new window, grouped by color. Select text and click the globe icon to perform a Google search. Online texts include The Call of the Wild, The Telltale Heart, The Gettysburg Address, and Shakespeare’s Sonnet XVIII.
Words BIGBot Codebusters Mystery code game at Professor Garfield Brain Busters Crossword Kids’ crossword game at Professor Garfield Brain Busters Dictionary.com Fun and Games Miss Spell’s Class, Adlib, Meaning Fall, Word Machine, Word Kingdom, Clockwords Free Rice Vocab Vocabulary game that increases with difficulty depending on your correct responses. Missed words repeat later to help you learn them. Each correct response results in a donation of rice to the hungry. Lemons for Literacy Like Free Rice, but correct answers result in a donation of funds toward literacy programs. Letter Blocks Like Boggle. Create words by connecting letters. Lexipedia A free visual thesaurus. Double click a word to create a new web. Webs include nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, antonyms, synonyms, and ‘fuzzynyms.’ Merriam-Webster’s Word Games Synonym game, crossword, jumble, scrabble, cryptogram, word hunt, word drop, word sudoku, and more. The site does have ads. Spelling City Games, lessons, flash cards, and tests for spelling words and vocabulary. Find a list or save your own list of words for students to practice. Visual Thesaurus Word Central Alpha-bot, Robo-Bee, BIGBot and Jumble Kids from Merriam-Webster Word Soup Unscramble game at Professor Garfield Brain Busters
My StoryMaker Story-creation site from Carnegie Library. Video about how to use it. Put in characters and scenery, and the game will create the text. You can then edit the text to say something else, and print or share your story online.
Rhyme Zone Enter a word to find rhymes, synonyms, related words, homophones, match consonants only, find in quotes… The Story Starter Random generator with 1,528,065,000 story starters. Story Starter Machine Spin each section to create an unusual story starter. Use their template to create a printable story, or use Word to create your own. Thriller Whiz Drag Word A and Word B into the box and click Whiz to generate an unusual title to write about Witty Comics Fun and easy comic strip maker. Create a login or use print screen to save.