Literacy Resources for early readers/struggling readers

Fabulous resources are worth sharing!  To help readers with the skills needed to be successful readers Literactive is a fantastic resource for building the basics necessary for good reading skills. Although registration is required, resources are free.  K-grade 1 resources.

Starfall: ABC’s, learning to read, It’s fun to read, I’m reading. A reasonable amount of resources free. Access to full bank of resources is US$70 for teachers or classroom access $150 a year. PreK-Grade 2.

First Steps: Australian Based Literacy Program, made up of four interwoven strands of literacy: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Viewing, which symbolise the interrelatedness of literacy learning. All strands are threaded with practical, accessible, classroom-tested teaching procedures and activities. Creative Commons versions are available to download as long as resources are acknowledged, now altered and not used commercially.

Stories alive

Moonbot studio has created the coolest e-book (ipad app) with their vision of futuristic books and stories: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore ($4.99).   With 30 awards for this creation,  the app is a mixture of animation, film and reading that come alive (touch the screen as you turn the pages).  With several other projects in the making by Moonbot, they sure are  leading the way in e-books of the 21st century.   Also included with the app is a video story of the book and a video of how the book was made.   In an age where reading hard copies of books is lessening, this story reawakens the value of books and story telling.  A superb literacy app for reluctant readers of all ages, which captures, entertains and enthralls throughout.  I can’t wait for future releases.

morrislessmore_610

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore Trailer from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

Another of my favourite e-books (for older readers) is Byooks The Adventure of the Speckled Band (Sherlock Holmes) ($1.99) which again uses animation to bring the story alive by incorporating pictures, animation and sound. As the pages are turned, the reader’s immersion is heightened with graphic enhancements.  With text-to-speech embedded, the story can be enjoyed by older readers to  experience the enjoyment of story-telling.  Byooks have also released another e-book, Little Fear which is free!

Film and TV teaching resources

Everyone enjoys watching movies and adding multimedia to the classroom is a great motivator.  Using movies as a teaching tool generates interest and enthusiasm and 21st century learners spend more time connected to media than ever before so why not join them!  Spreading the power of great movies has been a goal of The Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and the National Collaboration for Youth, and in collaboration with the Finding Inspiration in  Literature and Movies (F.I.L.M.) Project, they have devised free curricula based on Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films to promote  positive messages and life-affirming themes for young people and designed  to encourage reading and watching quality content, provoke thought and exploration of valuable and important themes and issues, and inspire participation in theme-based activities.   Free F.I.L.M. Curricula has resources for movies such as Flipped, How to Train Your Dragon, My Sister’s Keeper, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Bridge to Terabithia, Freedom Writers, Everyone’s Hero, Flicka, Saving Shiloh, Ramona and Beezus and more.  It also has a guide for developing resources for other movies and books: Teaching with Movies: A Guide for Educators and Parents. Great resources and ideas for identifying teachable moments in movies and sharing them with students.

Another useful and helpful site e is ‘Based on the Book’, a resource for finding books by genre, year or title that have been made into a movie.

Free movie scripts available at The Internet MovieScript Database, and Drew’s Script-O-Rama.

Thanks to Marvan Glavac, How to Make a Difference for forwarding this information to me.

In updating this post I am adding  EnhanceTV which has a plethora of teaching resources (many of them free for download after free joining) for TV and film content.  These are available via Screenrights, the not-for-profit organisation that licenses educational institutions to copy from TV. Nearly all schools, TAFEs and universities in Australia have a Screenrights licence. For more information on the licence, visit www.screenrights.org or email licensing@screenrights.org.

Metro Magazine, Australia’s media and film magazine, again, have a number of study guide resources for film.  They are linked to the Education Shop which has additional resources for sale.

Favourite worksheet sites and graphic organizers

Connecting with other educators via a professional learning network means that teachers have so much more access to great resources than in the olden days without the internet! I’d like to thank two of my favourite worksheet sites as they save teachers so much work in preparation. Worksheetplace.com which covers a range of subject areas including grammar, maths, language, goal setting and behaviour contracts.

At super teacher worksheets. there are a superb collection of maths, grammar, reading writing, phonics and puzzles/brainteasers worksheets.

The above resources are generally primary school resources, though I find them very helpful for students as revision or for those with learning difficulties or ESL students.

Interactive graphic organizers

Printable graphic organizers

General, sorting, graphs, charts, storytelling, KWL, Venn Diagram and graphic organizers

Free Worksheets at Education.com

Primary Resources  Free Worksheets & PPts on range of curriculum topcis

Great resources, worth  bookmarking.