Links to Additional Reading Resources
From one of many great blog posts on this subject of Essential Early Read-Alouds, Esme lays out several precious texts and when across the course of the school year she would read them aloud. A quick way to be reminded of books you've forgotten or great ones you've missed.
Yet another online storybook website has hit the scene! Try Barnes and Noble's Storytime Online site for over 10 great children's books read by the authors themselves, including Laura Numeroff and Tommie dePaola.
Online activities for kids as well as info for teachers about the PBS series, Between the Lions, that promotes early elementary reading skills. Many of these programs can align with particular Word Work skills, such as the sound /er/ or /ch/. Thus, the TV shows can provide excellent TRI Extensions at instructional match. In addition, these shows have been shown in research studies to enhance reading outcomes, so teachers can feel comfortable turning these shows on when they align them with students' instructional needs.
Choice Literacy is a fee-based membership organization for literacy leaders with an abundance of video and written support for professional learning. Even if you can't become a member, you can consider receiving their free, fresh e-newsletter (The Big Fresh) that is rich with diverse, worthwhile links to literacy-related sites.
If you keep finding yourself doing too much instruction with the whole group of your students, you might enjoy this article.
Come here for access to thousands of read-along books for emergent and early readers. The site is called TarHeelReader and is actually designed for adolescent students just learning how to read. However, many of the books would be appropriate for younger students. The quality of the e-books is uneven, but you will have lots to choose from. The topics are numerous as well: plants to Native Americans to the alphabet. Overwhelmed by the variety? Click the box in the upper right hand corner of the initial book link to selectyour favorites. Children might be motivated to read and re-read with the help of the read-along voices, which also could be turned off.
The Florida Center for Reading Research is a treasure-trove of reading research and reviews of reading programs. Additionally, look under the Curriculum & Instruction section for a PDF of Student Center Activities.
More advanced readers may have fun reading lots of silly poems and rating each one on this site--Giggle Poetry. Many other poetry reads are available, including short readers' theater. Poetry can inspire many students to read, and re-read, and re-read again. Among other virtues, performing poetry is a wonderful way to inspire re-reading practice for fluency building.
Personalize your student's reading material and ask them to say the sounds as they write them, too, with this free handwriting worksheet website.
We've often heard--and perhaps even taught--the phonics rule, "when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking." But how often is this rule realized? Read an article housed at the Core Knowledge website to hear one author's take on the limitations of some phonics traditions. His argument aligns with the sound-basedpresentation we recommend and will reinforce why the Green level strategies are effective.
Enjoy a multi-media presentation of a pre-school teacher on the Doing What Works website considering all the elements that she focuses on for an effective interactive reading aloud. Once you're at the Doing What Works site, click on "Play" next to the "Preparing an Interactive Reading Lesson." Notice how many of the elements she discusses align with the TRI reading model
When beginning readers are taking their first tentative steps into the world of independent decoding, it can be difficult to find easily decodable books that are also attractive and make sense. A new small collection of readers by Miss Rhonda accomplishes all of these goals, fortunately. She has a Montessori background so these books present simple Pink and Blue level words, as the TRI Word Identifcation leveling system was inspired by the nearly hundred-year-old Montessori approach. Your children may enjoy the look and feel of these books as well as the success of reading them on their own. A sample book can be viewed online.
The most recent national consensus document on literacy focuses on early literacy research. Particular attention is given to which children's characteristics predict later literacy outcomes. Download the free executive summary or the entire report here or order a free hard copy.
In 2000, the National Reading Panel issued a widely-influential report on early reading development and instruction that formed the basis of the Reading First legislation of the No Child Left Behind Act. Ask for a free copy of the report.
The intital host of the TRI from 2004-2010. The National Research Center for Rural Education Support (NRCRES) is a research center funded by the Institute for Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. The NRCRES focuses on research on significant problems in rural education. Founded in 2004 at The University of North Carolina.
Oxford Owl has a large collection of freely accessible e-books read aloud. Not only are they read aloud, which is perfect for the extra reading practice beginning readers need, but the books also target particular phonics patterns and have varying difficulty. So, you can find a Pink book targeting short "o" or a Greenbook targeting /oa/. After your student reads a book several times, s/he can perform it for the class!
Click on one of the links below for reading practice or games emphasizing short "a" or "o"
Zac the Rat--an interactive story focused on the short "a" sound from Starfall; be sure to click the words & the pictures
Make a Word with "an" from starfall.com
Make a Word with "at" from starfall.com
Chain Gang--change one sound at a time in this game from The Electric Company
"a" words in song and video from Hooked on Phonics
Get Your Mouth Moving--short jazz song focused on the short a sound from Between the Lions
Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children is a seminal consensus document that you can purchase or read online that presents a comprehensive picture of how and why children learn to read, why they sometimes struggle, and what we can do about it.
An excellent list of 9 proven principles for strong vocabulary instruction with video descriptions of each by a widely influential social scientist, Catherine Snow (click here).
Raz-Kids is a sister site to www.readinga-z.com. Online audio books at multiple levels that teachers and students can access for a yearly fee. The student management options makes it easy to achieve instructional match in each interaction. A great TRI Extension. A student can have the paper copy of the story, printed from www.readinga-z.com and then follow-along online to practice multiple re-readings.
An interactive read-aloud maximizes language and literacy learning but also requires the teacher's undivided attention (of course!). How can budding readers receive additional opportunities to hear and enjoy books--beyond the time they have with their teacher? Read To Me provides a cheery, bright webpage full of professional readings of children's books by actors and other notables. This beautiful, dynamic website will surely inspire your students to develop a love of books.
For optimal enrichment, the books could be checked out from the library and in students' hands as they watch and listen. Further, the Read To Me opportunity could follow a teacher's interactive read-aloud, as we know that repeated readings benefit students in multiple ways as well.
Once your students have some access to the code, these read-along video songs are fun ways to squeeze in multiple re-readings. The creator has done us a great service, too, by revealing multi-syllable words chunk-by-chunk so that the child will more likely infer the patterns in the words. Children can watch them here at the readeez website or watch on vimeo.com by searching for "Readeez." Enjoy.
Hundreds on downloadable books in numerous genres for a yearly fee can be found at Reading A-Z. Excellent searching allows teachers to select books of multiple levels on a particular topic--a perfect tool for increasing instructional match in each interaction.
"The Rural School and Community Trust is a national nonprofit organization addressing the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving communities. Their mission is to help rural schools and communities get better together."--from their website.
After a brief, free online sign-up, you may download the Society for Quality Education's Stairway to Reading materials. The Reading Materials are organized by sound, and they may be particularly useful for working with children at the Green or Purple levels of Word Work. The games, bingo and crazy letters, may also be helpful TRI Extensions.
In an approach similar to Read To Me, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides Storyline Online, an online collection of actors reading famous picture books aloud. Fabulous for minimizing the reading and language gap. Find a favorite like Stellaluna there or discover something new such as No Mirrors in My Nana's House, the reading of which ends with a beautiful a capella song. Lovely!
Merriam-Webster's lush online visual dictionary can help your ELL learner or any learner expand his vocabulary knowledge. This site may be particular helpful for expanding on any content area knowledge, tied to a particular text or curricular area. K-1 students would likely benefit from exploring this site with the assistance of a teacher or older student.
So you know you should be building your students' vocabulary knowledge, but you have a hard time fitting it in or finding relevant, easy-to-use words? Enter Exceptional Expressions for Everyday Events by influential reading researcher and author of QuickReads, Elfrieda Hiebert. Dr. Hiebert takes common words from young people's vocabulary, such as "listen" or "want" and springboards from them to less common, more complex synonyms of the terms, such as "pine" or "yearn.' She even provides a blank word web and a completed word web with different definitions, related idioms, cognates, and phrases. Students will find it easy, yet invigorating, to make connections from words they already know to words they almost know to words they want to know.
So you know that some of your students know oodles more words than others ones do. What can you do about it? Need a little inspiration? Check out the relevant, entertaining blog Vocabulogic for concise, clever ideas about language learning. You might even see a few posts from our own capitivating Christie Cavanaugh! Renowned reading and vocabulary researchers gather here to share efficient explanations of research and practical, classroom-based activities.
Inspired by the PBS show Word Girl, these games are designed to build young students' vocabulary knowledge. While these games won't rapidly improve decoding and word identification, they will likely benefit students' oral language. The games may inspire some children to watch the educational, but entertaining, show at home. Generally more appropriate for 1st grade and older.