Graphic organizers

A great tool some of my colleagues use is Newsela.  After a teacher signs up a class for Newsela and sets a reading level for each student, the platform gives them access to corresponding articles. Students can adjust their reading level on each article by choosing a simpler or more complex version.  It also contains quizzes and other interactive activities tied to articles.  I think this is a great tool to use with ELLs because current events are interesting to students and Newsela can change the article to meet the needs of the learner. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. 

This is an awesome site that gives books at the Fountas and Pinnell reading levels. Children are also able to choose from a variety of texts. They also have pictures. Downside is you need a membership, but its not bad if you split it with other teachers! (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.


Epic is a digital resource that has thousands of books online for students to read. It is FREE for elementary school teachers. You can add your class, create individual profiles for students, and give students access to books at their individual levels. I love that you can track students reading progress through this resource. Additionally, you can use this website on iPads, iPhones, and computers! 

There are a variety of engaging and popular texts on there. You can project the texts for shared reading, have students use the texts for independent reading, or have students listen to the texts for a listening station. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. 

This is a great website for ELL students to work on reading. I used it with my bilingual 3rd graders. Although the website is in English, it allows students to have their own account and it highlights and reads the article to the students. It is adaptive, so it changes the lexile to meet each students needs! Students can wear their headphones to listen to the readings. After each passage, they are given 3 questions to assess their comprehension. As a teacher you can view each students progress report for the week, month or year and see the areas students need help on, like compare/contrast, inferencing, alliteration, and more! The negative of the site is that it costs $1 for each student, but I think it is worth it. Students love it! (Links to an external site.)

This site has a HUGE selection of free books for children, the website has made it so that anyone can access their books, even without registering. You can search for books according to language, age level and genre. If you sign up for an account you can save and bookmark books.