Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Attention Reading Teachers- You want to know about this site!

I just found an awesome website that I wanted to share with you guys. It's called Readworks.org. I have just started exploring it and it is totally free. All you have to do is register with your name, create a log in, and school name. If you teach reading- to any grade, K-6, you need to check this site out!
Let me tell you a little about it. First, there is a tab called Lessons & Units. Here you can find MANY reading skills with 2-3 COMPLETE lessons for each grade level on how to teach that specific skill. Under this tab, you can click Standards & Program Alignment, choose your state and grade and see your state standards. The standards are linked to easy to teach lessons, laid out in the I Do, We Do, You Do format. Again, AWESOME. Also under this tab, Lessons & Units, is a link to research backing up the website's approach and a link giving the definition and abbreviation for each reading skill.

The next tab is called Non-fiction Passages. This is a gold mind. We all know we should use 50/50 fiction and non-fiction, but sometimes come up short on the non-fiction side, at least I do... Under this tab, you can click on "The Role of Books & Passages" and get this info:
ReadWorks provides over 1,000 non-fiction passages for grades 2-6 (see the list)
* Questions for each passage are aligned to essential skills and strategies.
* Reading passages feature vocabulary and definitions.
* Students read a variety of non-fiction topics to build background knowledge.
* Each K-4 lesson is based on a read aloud book (see the list)
* Each 5-6 lesson is part of a novel unit (see the list)
* Multiple skills and strategies are taught within each 5-6 novel unit.
* Novel levels are provided using the Fountas and Pinnell and Lexile leveling systems, so that students can engage with texts at their reading level.
* Novel units are categorized by genre.
Then you can click to get the reading passages and search them bu grade and skill!

Then under the last tab, Teaching the Lessons, there are 6 links on how to teach the lessons for each grade level, how to teach differentiated lessons, and how to teach interactive Read Alouds.

OH! I almost forgot- there is a feature called My Binder, where you save the lessons to and build an online plan book! How cool is that?!
I know this sounds like a commercial for this company, but I just can't help but to share this info! I am receiving no compensation for this post, heck, they don;t even know I'm writing it! I somehow received an email from them and instead of deleting, like I do a lot of them, I took a minute to check it out and was amazed! I hope this somehow helps you in the classroom!
If you know of any good reading websites, please tell me about them in the comments section below!

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9 comments:

  1. Heading over there now! Very excited to learn about this! Thanks for the post!!!
    I'm having a giveaway that ends tonight (Growing Firsties)!

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    1. Great! I hope I win your giveaway!

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  2. I will definitely be checking this website out! Thanks for the info!

    ~Keri Yamnik
    First Grade Crusade

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Thank you SO much for sharing this website! I've never heard of it and look forward to familiarizing myself with it.

    Don't Let The Teacher Stay Up Late

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  4. I must have gotten that same email too and almost deleted it. I looked into it, and, like you, was amazed! This is now one of my absolute favorites! Have you seen freereading.org? It is another great website for everything reading, and it is FREE!!

    Andrea
    Reading Toward the Stars

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  5. I have not seen it! I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. I love the site. They haven't posted it yet, but they will be added more K-2 material aligned with Common Core.

    Cara
    The Teacher's Backpack

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Thanks so much for your comments! I love reading them!

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