Online Stories to Listen to

Inkless Tales Stories read aloud in real human voice using many Dolch sight words.

TumbleBook Library Free to residents of St. Joseph County. Just put in your library card number to have access to TONS of stories with animation and music. If you are in any SBCSC school, no password is required.

Word Lists

Commonly Used Word Lists

Dolch Sight Words Includes word lists, phrases and the Phrase Generator, which will create worksheets, practice cards and games with random phrases.

DolchLists - arranged in order of frequency

Dolch Lists- arranged in alphabetical order

Dolch Lists - including word list, phrase list, take home cards, checklists, and more.

Mrs. Perkin's Dolch Word listsWebsite done by a teacher with lists, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations and flashcards to teach the Dolch words.

Dolch Phrases

Sight Word Buddies

Basic Sight WordsThis site teaches the Dolch words in an interactive way. Students click to listen to the words, they type the words, then listen and drag to match. There is a button to click to check work, too. 


The Alphabet and Beginning Reading Downloadables, online activities and lesson plans



Scholastics Phonics Chart

i4c Click on Language Arts for each grade level to see online activities and printouts for phonics

Fun FonixFun Fonix is a phonics series that is designed to move quickly through phonics rules and is ideal or teachers with limited time for phonics instruction but for teachers or parents who also want to provide an adequate amount of practice. The vocabulary is designed for young learners and encourages reading by quick acknowledgement of what they've read.

These are free downloads and you may provide them to your students for free.


DIBELS Official Home Page You can download all the testing materials here, and get the full manual for interpreting results. You can even generate automated reports by student or by class. If you do not know the password for South Bend Schools, please ask you Support Team, or call the CAT office (283-2015) to get it.

Balanced ReadingFirst, there is a full, criterion-referenced early reading assessment, called the Abecedarian (pronounced "ABC-darian"), that you can download free of charge. Second, we have reproduced a collection of free "quick and dirty" assessments which can be downloaded free of charge. Third, you can download an overview of early reading assessment that describes all of he various approaches to early reading assessment available to teachers. (Currently only available in PDF format)

Teaching Reading

Wilson Language TrainingOfficial Wilson Reading Site. Check out the section on Fundations.

LiPSThe Lindamood® Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech—Third Edition

Reading Strategies

Teaching Tools from International Reading Association Linked here are IRA online resources perfect for use in the home or the classroom. They’ve been put together by experienced educators (or, in the case of Choices booklists, by experienced kids), and they’re designed to make your teaching task a little easier and a lot more effective.

Reading Comprehension

Garfield's Reading Ring Students put cartoon frames in the correct order, then answer comprehension questions.

Into the BookThis website helps students develop reading strategies: visualizing, making connections, summarizing, synthesizing,  questioning, inferring, evaluating and prior knowledge. There are online activities for each one, and they are very fun and interactive. Also has lots of teacher resources.

Online Talking Stories 

Stories Archive from the British Council You can download an audio file to go with each story.

Grammarman  Comic book style, with the ability to click an audio file to hear the text read in a natural human voice. The emphasis is on grammar, and students need to find errors to correct them.

Academic Vocabulary Games is an initiative of Tennessee's Department of Education.  The goal of this project is to provide teachers a list of common terms or phrases aimed at improving vocabulary development of students in Tennessee.  Although there is no single best way to teach terms and phrases, Dr. Marzano's research and theory on vocabulary development does point to a few generalizations that provide strong guidance.  This site is dedicated to the sixth step in that process by providing a collection of games and activities designed to review and strengthen vocabulary development.


Roy the Zebra  Nine part online guided reading story, comes with literacy worksheets and discussion sheets. Use in the classroom on your interactive whiteboard or computers.

Reading Rockets Click here to find information for classroom teachers on:

  • Reading 101: What you should know about print awareness, the sounds of speech, phonemic awareness, phonics, informal assessment, fluency, vocabulary, spelling, writing, and text comprehension
  • Who's at risk for not learning to read
  • What else matters in teaching reading, such as classroom management, differentiated instruction/grouping, and working with parents
  • Glossary of basic terms in reading instruction
  • No Child Left Behind and how this act affects what you do
Check out the podcasts where you can download interviews with famous authors of children's books.

Spark Notes and  Cliff Notes If you don't know about these sites, you should--most of your kids do!

Librivox -LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public

Robert Munsch-Stories to read, listen to and print out. Lots of links to stories kids have written. This guy even answers questions your students submit, and will post their drawings of stories.

Eduplace is Houghton Mifflin's website to help you find materials to go along with their textbooks. Find your state, find your textbook, and there are lots of supplementary materials and activities.

Read Write Think -ReadWriteThink offers a collection of online Student Materials to support literacy learning in the K-12 classroom. These interactive tools can be used to supplement a variety of lessons and provide an opportunity for students to use technology while developing their literacy skills. (Comic Creator is especially cute!) The web resources are incredible. 

Myths and Legends is a website dedicated to the tales of the British Isles. There are thirty plus stories here which are read aloud while a picture with animation is also shown on the screen. You can set the narration to auto or turn auto off and place the mouse arrow over next page and put a switch user in control. (The site also contains teacher resources and a story creator program.)

Rockford's Rock Opera is an interactive, beautiful, audiobook you watch as on the screen as it plays. It is about a dog named Rockford and his adventures as he learns about ecology. The first chapter is free. It was created, in part, by the World Wildlife Fund. 

Europe of Tales is a site which shares stories from all around Europe. This site is interactive but is NOT narrated (though a teacher could read aloud the content). 

FableVision has a variety of telefables and audiostories.

Reading Adaptations

Read the Words This is one of the coolest websites ever! Totally free, but you need to sign up for an account. You copy and paste whatever text you want into the website, and it reads your text into an audio file. Try it--I just made one of this entry! It will even save files for you, so you can go back and re-use the same recordings. Too cool!

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E Texts

TarHeel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces (i.e. switches, alternative keyboards, touch screens, and dedicated AAC devices). The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format. You may write your own books using pictures from the huge collection at Flickr or pictures you upload.