Reading Sites

http://www.rif.org/kids - A great site for children learning to read and those who are beginning readers.  There is a button on the upper right corner for ELL students.

http://www.starfall.com - Another great site for almost readers and beginning readers!   

http://www.cookie.com/kids/games/ - This site works well for teachers, parents and students!!    

http://www.vocabulary.co.il/esl_vocabulary/ This website is very helpful for how to use scaffolding in your classroom for ELL students. When scaffolding we need to make sure we are using visual and graphics and simplifying the language so the students are comprehending and understanding what is being taught. Scaffolding will help the students in their learning process. When teaching making sure are always going back to previous background of the topic. Have the students make connections and working as groups is very important for ELL students. This website has many different ideas about activities you can use to explore the strategy scaffolding. Overall very helpful website for how we should be teaching students before they read and story, during, and after they have read the story. Always referring back to questions to make sure the students are understanding the reading.  

 

http://www.literacycenter.net/play_learn/index.php - I found this website to be very helpful, because it has a lot of games that students can use to practice their vocabulay. There are games for every grade level on this website. There are games so that students can practice their compund words. antonyms, idioms, etc.     

 

http://www.literacycenter.net/play_learn/index.php/ - This site is great for reading, listening, and speaking.  It has great activities for preschoolers and kindergarteners!!  

http://www.readtoday.net/ - This website is free and helpful for teachers and parents. It will help ESL children learn their letters and enguage in hands on activities that stimulate their minds. It doesn't seem to be a sales pitch but motivate to help the ESL community.This website engaging, printable, reading activities in a variety of languages.  I liked their tag lines.

http://www.carlscorner.us.com/ - This is one of my favorite sites with tons of reading activities that would benefit all students, especially ELLs. It has word family activities, sight word activities, little readers, poetry, sorts, and the list goes on! There are also vocabulary and writing sections with great resources.   

http://www.brainpopesl.com - This website provides interactive videos, lesson plans, activities and games. It's a great educational resource for teachers, parents and students.Also, the students can practice reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.  
 

www.raz-kids.com - My link this week is called Raz-Kids. This is a site where students learn to read. You sign your class up on a roster and students work through reading levels. Each child has a log-in and you can monitor student progress. Students start at what ever level you put them in and need to read and listen to about 15 books at each level. Some of the books also have a comprehension quiz following the reading and there are some books that students need to record their voice as they read the book. Students also collect points every time they read a book. They can use these points to collect/buy items in their virtual alien room. I love this reading website!

 

http://www.readconmigo.org/ - This is a great bilingual website that gives families and educators access to free downloadable books in both English and Spanish. You can download them on your computer for centers and students can read both in English and Spanish, or families can download them on any mobile device as well as computers. Membership is free, and there are also activities and newsletters that go along with the stories. I use this website in my classroom during Daily Five for Read to Self, or Read to Someone.

 

http://a4esl.org/

http://eslactivities.com/

http://eslactivities.com/

This first link even offers leveled activities for students to choose from. The second link includes a variety of games and crosswords that students can choose from. The final link offers a variety of grammar games and quick quizzes for students to choose from. These games/activities/quizzes can help supplement vocabulary and grammar activities that are taking place on the classroom. Again the fact that they are free is also an added bonus!

 

 

http://www.kizphonics.com/products/ - This website is great for preschool-2nd grade. It help kids practice their vowels by showing videos or playing games. It makes learning for the kids fun and exciting. Children can also practice their sounds of the alphabet which will help them become better readers. This website helps students in the reading domain.

 

http://www.manythings.org/ - Description from the website:  "Web Site Description: A Place to Study English.This web site is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities. Even though the primary focus is for ESL, native English speakers may also find some interesting things on this site. This site is non-commercial and has no advertising."