Sharing current events with students is so important but it is often challenging to find appropriate content for elementary schoolers. News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for kids available on both iOS and Android devices (the app will soon be available on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets). It provides engaging nonfiction text for young readers to help them learn about the world around them. With topics including election news, sports coverage and science discoveries, there is plenty of exciting content to capture the attention of your students.
Their new update (coming soon!) will be specifically designed for use in schools. It will include custom reading levels for individual students, built-in assessments that are customizable, and analytics including quiz scores, reading levels and time spent reading. News-O-Matic will be able to support differentiated instruction while giving students access to high-interest, informational text.
Bookopolis.com is a kid-friendly social network and book discovery tool. It gives students an opportunity to safely connect with friends to share their favorite books. This site helps children locate new books that fit their interests through personalized and peer based recommendations. Designed for students in second through sixth grade, Bookopolis is completely free.
If you’re looking for a way to inspire young readers this site has lots of fun features. Students can earn badges and use their own avatars as they read and share their favorite books. In the classroom, Bookopolis is a great tool for supporting reading throughout the school year. Kids can write book reviews, find reading buddies, and make connections between a variety of texts. Teachers can even track their students independent reading time thanks to daily logs.
Visit Bookopolis.com to set up your whole class with student accounts or simply check out their website to learn more!
There are a few places teachers can go to find high quality reading passages for their students and Readworks.org should definitely be on your list. This website offers a wide range of lesson plans, comprehension units, and reading passages organized by skill and Lexile level. Whether you’re looking for a fiction passage for a guided reading group or want to find a informational text when teaching test taking skills, Readworks.org is the place to go!