Instructional Resources for Parents, Students, and Staff  


Instructional Resources

Click on the names of the free resources in red, as they are hyperlinked:

Rewordify: This is a great resource where you can copy a text from anywhere and paste it into the yellow box and it instantly rewords the words that are difficult for some students to understand.  There are many great aspects to this resource that can be utilized for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Storyline Online: This is a wonderful resource where (elementary) students can follow along as actors from the Screen Actors' Guild read several classic books, and there are activities that follow the majority of the stories, which provide students with opportunities to strengthen their reading comprehension skills. This will engage students and spark the love of reading. 

Storynory: A fantastic audio book site full of Original Stories, Fairytales, Classic Audio Books, Educational Stories, Myths and World Stories, Junior Stories, and Poems and Music.  Ideal for all elementary students. 

Five Pillars to Reading: This is a very informative document that addresses the five pillars of reading instruction for parents and teachers:  Phonemic Awareness, Phonics and Concepts about Print, Fluency Vocabulary, and Comprehension

Newsela: Another incredible program that contains hundreds of current events articles of a variety of topics and subjects, that also come with comprehension qFive Pillars uestions.  After your student (child) reads a certain amount of articles and takes the brief follow up comprehension quizzes, Newsela will email you his/her lexile level which will help you select the reading level of the articles you select, and it will track his/her progress. It is completely free to sign up, and Newsela with send you new stories regularly. This is ideal for 3rd through 12th graders. "Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. It's easy and amazing. Register now to see the impact Newsela can have on your classroom."

Reading Rockets: Excellent reading resource for parents and teachers. "Welcome to Target the Problem!, a tool to help parents and classroom teachers understand the specific problems a child may be having with reading. You'll find practical suggestions on what you (and kids themselves) can do to help students overcome or deal with their reading difficulties."

IXL: Parents, this is a wonderful FREE bank of ELA and Math questions K-12 that provide a correct answer after your student answers each.  This is a great resource for practicing math and English Language Arts. 

EngageNY Parents/Family Page: An informative site for parents on the EngageNY website for parents.

Powtoon:  This FREE software is perfect for all students (K-12) and can be used a number of different ways.  It is ideal for students in 3rd-12th grade that are old enough to create their own mini presentations, and it serves as an amazing instructional tool to make very engaging "hooks" at the beginning of lessons to capture students' attention, K-12.  They will get a kick out of hearing familiar voices (teachers, principals, etc.) connected to a number of characters to select from. Watch this Powtoon tutorial I found on YouTube: Powtoon Tutorial:  You can also watch the Powtoon presentation I created regarding Professional Learning Communities. "Keeping your students engaged is hard. PowToon generates excitement and motivation in any classroom - no matter the age of the student." (Powtoon)

Academic Vocabulary by Grade Level: This is a very comprehensive resource on academic vocabulary across all grade levels.

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