English Language Arts

  • English Language Arts

    • Accelerated Reader (AR): this site is for Sunny Brae students only; accessible everyday including weekends
    • ARBookFind: find books with AR quizzes
    • Book Reviews:
    • BookShare: Bookshare’s® goal is to make the world of print accessible to students with exceptional needs
    • California Treasures: eConsultant site
    • California Treasures: online student and teacher editions
    • California Treasures (requires username and password)
    • California Treasures (resources for Sunny Brae teachers)(password protected)
    • CORE K12 (teacher site)
    • CORE K12 (student site)
    • FreeReading: an open-source, free reading intervention program from preschool to 6th grade
    • 320 High Frequency Words (Fry and Dolch)
      • High Frequency Words – Untimed: (click to download this PowerPoint file. The slides have to be manually changed by either a clicker or a mouse)
      • High Frequency Words Timed: (click to download this PowerPoint file. The slides automatically change after 2 seconds. The pre-set time can be changed.)
    • LAUSD PreK-12 Literacy
    • Lit2Go: Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. Created by University of South Florida, it hosts a library of fiction and nonfiction prose and poetry that can be used with K-12 students. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.
    • Progress Monitoring forms (pdf files: click to download)
    • Reading Rockets: is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
    • Read, Write, Think: Developed by the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), ReadWriteThink provides educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and English language arts instruction. The site features standards-based lesson plans, interactive student materials and a dynamic literacy calendar.
    • Speakaboos:Speakaboos brings classic children’s entertainment into a digital world. Beloved characters and treasured stories are given new life through amazing celebrity performances, beautiful illustrations, and original music. At Speakaboos, children develop literacy skills while learning about technology in a safe and fun environment.
    • Storybird: “Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories.”
    • Voyager Learning (for Voyager and Language! assessments)
    • Wonderopolis: Developed by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), Wonderopolis helps families discover the wonders of learning in everyday life. The daily Wonder of the Day feature offers bite-size bits of learning for families to explore together. With its question-and-answer format, the Wonder of the Day provides a nugget of information about the title question, suggests a family-friendly activity to extend the learning, and lists vocabulary words and additional resources to take the learning even further.

Reading Websites:

These are mostly free websites for reading. Many of the sites feature audio books so developing readers can follow along while looking at the book.

  • ABCya!: Children can listen to short stories read aloud to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  ABCya! has a variety of educational games in addition to the featured stories.  Free resources and materials are available for grades K through 5.
  • BookShare: Bookshare’s® goal is to make the world of print accessible. Bookshare® is an online library of digital books for people with print disabilities. It operates under an exception to U.S. copyright law which allows copyrighted digital books to be made available to people with qualifying disabilities. In addition, many publishers and authors have volunteered to provide Bookshare with access to their works. By requiring individuals to register as Members and provide a Proof of Disability, Bookshare ensures that only qualified individuals use the service.
  • Funbrain: created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. Plus, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy KidAmelia Writes Again, and Brewster Rocket.
  • International Children’s Digital Library: Discover books from around the world at the International Children’s Digital Library.  The free site does not read the books aloud, but students can read them independently during Read to Self or free time.  This is a great site for extension activities when learning about different regions of the world and can be used effectively into the middle school grades.
  • Into the Book: is a reading comprehension resource for K-4 students and teachers. We focus on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing. Try the online interactive activities, or click below to find out how to get our engaging 15-minute video programs.
  • National Geographic Young ExplorersNational Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students.  Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  It is a great way to bring interesting non-fiction stories into reading center time.
  • Online Storytime by Barnes and NobleFrom The Kissing Hand read by author Audrey Wood toPinkalicious read by Victoria Kann, Barnes and Noble’s Online Storytime has popular children’s books read out loud.  While there are no supplemental materials to accompany the stories, this free site is perfect for “Listen to Reading” stations.
    • Note:  The first story begins right away when the page opens so be sure that your volume is adjusted accordingly before clicking the link.
  • Oxford Owl: After registering for a free account, you have access to over 250 children’s audio books that can be used in the classroom.  The book text is not part of the presentation, so students will not be able to follow along as it is read to them.
  • RAZ Kids: Online Leveled Books Library
  • Reading A-Z: Thousands of downloadable, projectable, printable teacher materials, covering all the skills necessary for effective reading instruction
  • Reading Rockets: Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
  • Read to Me: Similar to Storyline Online, Read to Me features popular children’s books being read by famous performers.  There are activity guides with hands-on ideas, discussion questions, and lesson plans that can easily be adapted to the Common Core State Standards.  Entirely free, the site is colorful and engaging.
  • Storynory: Storynory features a collection of original, fairytale, and classic children’s audio stories.  Students can follow along with the story as it is read to them, as the text is also included on the site.  There are also some great features available that give you the option of downloading the audio to your computer, listening to “catch phrase” explanations, translating text into different languages (especially helpful for your ELL students!), and more.
  • Starfall: While some areas of Starfall are part of their premium service, they have many early reader stories available for free.  Students can follow along as the story is read to them and can, in some instances, help create their own story.  The website is highly engaging and a favorite of young readers.
  • Seussville: Seussville—the official home of Dr. Seuss on the Web—is the place for children of all ages to play and learn with Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully whimsical books and classic characters. The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and all of the Dr. Seuss books leap to life through interactive games and activities that will enrich each child’s reading experience.Dr. Seuss believed that books and learning to read should be fun and exciting for children. The site maintains this spirit of fun and honors the tenets of his work: discovery, imagination, and creativity. Visitors will explore the lush animated environments as they uncover a wealth of games and information, including a comprehensive Dr. Seuss character guide, a searchable Dr. Seuss book catalog, biographical information, educator resources, parent tips, and more.
  • Ticket to ReadTicket to Read® is a self-paced, student-centered online reading program that provides dynamic skills practice and improved reading performance. A motivating and fun reward system keeps students on task to learn critical word attack skills and phonics skills development.
    • Ticket to Read includes:
      • Hundreds of high-interest reading passages and games
      • Interactive activities supported by audio and animation
      • Appropriate reading levels from pre-primer to 7.0
      • Multiple entry points to address individual student needs
      • Automated quizzes and self-correcting guidance
  • We Give Books: A Pearson Foundation Initiative, We Give Books offers students a unique opportunity to read for social good.  Each book that is read results in a book that is donated to a charity for children.  While the books are not read aloud, they allow students to practice “Read to Self” with a good fit book during center time.  There are books for children in preschool through