In EVSC we are very fortunate to have access to Achieve 3000. This program gives students a level set test and has nonfiction text available for the reader at their level. Over time with the completion of the 5 step process students will double or even triple their lexile level within a school year. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to explore within Achieve. If you haven’t and want to know more, reach out to your friendly district eLearning coach or iCat. We will be more than happy to help.
Today’s post will introduce alternative online resources that offer texts at various grade levels to help meet differentiation needs in your classroom.
TTJunior presents nonfiction articles for students in grades K-5.TweenTribune is designed for grades 5-8 while TeenTribune is designed for grades 9-12. The staff at the Tribune scours the internet each day for age appropriate news stories, posts them along with quizzes and critical thinking questions.
Click on the picture to visit the website for each.
1. To get started with the grade level of your choice, click the red Teacher sign up in the top right hand corner of the page.
2. Fill in the requested information. You will then receive a confirmation email containing your username and password.
3. Then log in to set up your classroom(s) by clicking on the Manage classrooms – (Resource is no longer available) link that’s include in the welcome email to you. The Manage classrooms link appears 2 places: In your welcome email and in the list of For teachers links on the right side of the homepage after you log in
4. Use the Manage classrooms link to rename your classrooms, add students, delete students or retrieve your students’ usernames and passwords. After you have registered all the students in your classroom(s), click the Print button to print out your students’ usernames and passwords on sheets of paper. Tear the sheets into strips, then distribute usernames and passwords to your students.
5.Then ask your students to log in with the usernames and passwords you created for them, then select a story from Topics menu or the homepage of TTJunior, TeenTribune, TweenTribune, or TTEspañol and create a comment about the story. Comments do not appear until you publish them.
6.Then log in and click the Comments awaiting approval link to review, then publish, your students’ comments. This link displays within the list of For teacher links that appear on the right side of the homepage after you log in. Select the classroom you want using the Change classroom pulldown.
Within the website you can search by grade level or any topic of your choice by selecting the topic in the menu on the right hand side of the page or typing in a search topic in the box.
Readworks is an additional free resource for K-8 teachers who want to provide literary and nonfiction texts at various lexile levels to their students. Each article is paired with an activity that helps building comprehension skills. Along with the texts there are hundreds of common core aligned lessons. You can search by lexile,state or common core standards to find materials.
Click the picture to visit the site.
Jeff from ReadWorks will show you how to get started, search, and describe the features available on ReadWorks.
Searching for Texts
Since ReadWorks focuses on multiple reading comprehension points, it gives you various ways of searching.By state standard, common core, lexile, grade, or comprehension skill. To do so start by clicking on reading passages on the left hand side menu.
A box will appear where you can adjust your search settings. Type in a keyword and select your search preferences. It will then provide a list of available texts or lessons for you to choose from. Post them to your online learning management system or print for use.
60 Second Recap
Looking for a resource to sum up everything in a novel? 60 Second Recap offers a quick summary of the most used novels in middle school and high school.They also provide book reviews, articles of interest to teens, tips for the future college student, and writing tips. Click the picture to visit the site.
Free Audio Books
Sometimes we want to mix things up and need a change in format. Audiobooks are utilized by all levels of readers and are especially nice for those on the go. There are many great websites, but these are my favorites.
- Loyal Books – (Formerly Books Should Be Free)
- Project Gutenberg
- PodioBooks – (Now merged with Scribl.com)
Check out one of the Tribune websites or ReadWorks. (Or if you’re feeling fancy why not both!)
Find an article or text to use with your students in your content area.
Tell us what you like and don’t like about the choice. How could the use of these websites help you in your classroom?
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