One of my favorite online resources is Scholastic News. This website is perfect for finding high quality informational texts about current events. Each article contains nonfiction text features including captions, maps, sections headings and more. It’s a great resource for connecting current events issues to English Language Arts instruction or extending a lesson in the content areas.
Teaching with iPads this year? Check out my ELA lesson plans!
You can give children access to storybooks with these free iPad apps. In this list you will see eReader platforms that include picture books and chapter books – some even let students create their own! Whether you are using your iPad during a whole class read aloud, small group instruction, or sending kids off to read or write independently, you are sure to find something on this list that meets the needs of your students.
Students can be creators on their iPads by making their own screencasts and designing posters, but this device is also a fantastic eReader. Storia from Scholastic is a wonderful choice for a virtual bookshelf. Students can search for books at their independent level and read with support features like a glossary, audio and high quality images. Download the first five books on your account for free!
View my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching ELA on iPads!
This app is also available on a Android devices.
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Scholastic is offering a Summer Challenge for students! Students can use the Scholastic Summer Challenge website or their Reading Timer app to keep track of their reading all summer. The app allows students to set a timer for their reading and log their minutes each day. For parents, the app includes tips, book lists, and articles.
I’m encouraging my students with access to the Internet this summer (even at the public library) to set up an account and keep track of their summer reading!
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan bundle for teaching ELA in the classroom! (Here’s bundle #2 and bundle #3!)
This app is also available on Android devices.