Thursday, June 27, 2013

Techy Linky Party-Reading

Two posts in one day......oh my.

I Teach 1:1 and Learning to the Core are hosting a brand new weekly technology linky every Thursday for the remainder of the summer.

Daily 5 and Technology

Read to self and Listen to reading.

Bookflix I love because it matches fiction with nonfiction books of the same theme.  They can be read to the kids or the kids can read the book on it’s own.  This is not a free program.  Our school subscribes to it.  Kids also have access at home.  The kids love this site.  We do it 1-2 times a week during Reading.  Read to self or Listen to reading.

Tumble Books  is another book site I love. It is similar to Bookflix but it doesn’t match books.  It has a huge library of digital books that can be read to the kids or the kids can read themselves.  It is very entertaining for the kids.  This is not free but you can find public libraries across the country that subscribe to it.   Read to self and Listen to Reading

PBS kids is another great site for listening to stories and watching videos.  This site is my  class’ favorite.

Word Work and Working on Writing

Padlet is so great.  Sometimes I have kids write a vocabulary word (tier 2 word) that they find in their reading and write it in Padlet with the definition.  I have also kids share their favorite part of a particular book.  Usually the chapter book I’m reading to the whole class. This is a free site. 

I love  It is my favorite site for kids to do writing on.  I use it as a journal space as well as a place to create stories, respond to books, make lists, etc……  I love that kids can respond to others and leave comments.  I’ve had our skype buddies leave comments as well.  Parents love being able to watch their child’s growth and leave comments as well.  This is a free site.  The teacher has all of the controls and it’s very simple.  Check it out.

I love this techy linky.  It will keep me focused all summer.  Thanks Kristin and Aylin.


  1. We love using Padlet for vocab too! I am planning on incorporating blogging into my Daily 5 centers this year. I think my students would love it and it would really motivate them to write. Thanks so much for linking up, Claire! Please come back next week for math!:)

    iTeach 1:1

  2. Hi Claire,
    Bookflix has fiction and non fiction books on the same theme?? I think I might need to ask our school to get a subscription to it-- it sounds like it would be so great for our reading centers! I love Kidblog as well-- my students had a ton of fun responding to each other on their when I used it as a reading response activity.
    Thanks so much for linking up with us!
    Learning to the Core