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There are many ways to integrate Internet resources, hardware, and application software to enhance reading instruction. The following is just a start. Feel free to add more ideas.
"...reading text with speed, accuracy, and proper expression." (National Reading Panel Report 2000) The most effective instruction is repeated guided oral reading with frequent, carefully structured feedback. Student fluency goals include: sprrd, accuracy, expression, and comprehension.
: Create an electronic reading passage in a Word document. Ask students to chunk together words into meaningful phrases using a
different colored font, or highlighter pen
for each phrase.
SMART Board highlighter
Interwrite pad pens
to mark the phrases.
Group Assisted Reading
: Use the
document camera and data projector
to display text from books and other print sources. The teacher and the students read aloud at a fluent and expressive rate from the selection.
for students to listen to as they practice reading orally.After they improve, let the students record their own podcasts to listen to themselves read. Podcasts are an effective tool, as students are motivated to rehearse until their fluency improves when they know that their podcasts will have an audience. Podcasts create files that can be played on the computer or mp3 player. These can be created using
software and a
Podcasting in Plain English
software for Windows. You will also need to download the
Lame 3 encoder
Students create a
to record their timed reading/errors. To reinforce their progress, have students create graphs showing their growth using the spreadsheet application.
: Use the
document camera and data projector
to display poetry or other text from print sources for group reading.
: Many resources online for scripts including these:
Reader's Theater Links
Scripts for grades K-8.
Aaron Shepard's Reader's Theater Pages
A collection of scripts and tips for RT. Lessons to teach students how to script.
IRA: Reading Online: Reader's Theater
Article with research, resources for scripts, and tips for implementation and assessment.
Other Internet Resources with resources for fluency
Students can read along with various actors and actresses.
International Children's Digital Library
A collection of children's books from around the world in many languages. display on data projector for group reading.
Put Reading First
Publication by the National Institute for Reading Literacy and the Reading Partnership (Pages 21-37 are about fluency)
Subscription site with leveled books and Reader's Theater scripts. Sign up for 30 free samples.
Reading Rockets 101 Fluency
Several articles and a video clip about fluency
Reading is Fundamental
* Read-along stories and songs
Vocabulary instruction leads to increased comprehension. Students need direct instruction with many repetitions and multiple methods. Research suggests that students need as many as 20 repetitions to learn vocabulary words. There are many technology tools that can be used to support vocabulary development.
There are many resources for basic sight word lists online.
Dolch Word Lists
Basic and graded lists, Dolch word story and book
Sight Word Lists
Basic Word lists
Several variations of the Fry lists, some with simple sentences
Creating graphic organizers for vocabulary
Use the Draw tools in Word or PowerPoint applications to create vocabulary maps.
Other sources for creating graphic organizers include:
SMART Board software
Create mind maps and webs
Other technology integration ideas:
, place vocabulary terms in column A and definitions in random order in column D. Students use cut and paste to match the definitions in column B, and then type a sentence in column C and add Clip Art to illustrate the term.
vocabulary flash cards using PowerPoint
slides. Place the definition with a picture on slide one. On the following slide, place the word with an example in a sentence. These are especially effective when students create the slide show for themselves as a study tool.
to create vocabulary maps of a vocabulary word, antonyms, synonyms, and parts of speech.
Create interactive vocabulary activities for your
SMART Boards or Interwrite pads
Online vocabulary resources:
Vocabulary Lesson Plans
Lessons, strategies and resources
Vocabulary Interactives for SMART Board Use
Grades 1-5 across content areas
Wordle/SMART Board vocabulary game
to create it
- Create or share vocabulary and reading quizzes and activities
Share online flashcards
Teacher's Pet Toolbar
Applications for creating many different vocabulary practice exercises
Tips and Techniques for Teaching Vocabulary
Reading comprehension is the process of constructing meaning from and interacting with text. Meaning is derived from the text itself and the prior experiences of the reader. It is important for students to receive explicit instruction in the application of comprehension strategies.
suggests the use of interconnected memory structures
. Graphic organizers
can be helpful tools to organize and build upon prior knowledge.
indicates that readers benefit from interaction with the text, particularly opportunities to respond to the text. Personal responses in
blogs, literature circles
online discussion groups
proposes that learners construct their own meaning and that understanding is enhanced through
and by completing a
as a response.
collaboration tools such as
are some technology resources that can be used. There are multiple
that can be used to create final products which reinforce the comprehesion at higher thinking levels.
Tools for Comprehension
A variety of organizers for reading comprehension, thinking and writing
Read, Write, Think
- Create tables and charts for KWL, etc.
What's the Big Idea.doc
- Create timeline of sequence of events, plot
Collaborative tools: blogs, wikis, discussion boards:
Blog accounts for teachers and classes
ePals School Blogging community
Blogs for students
Literary Analysis framework
from ClassZone-Some can be used to frame blog writing or group discussions
Students are able to collaborate on shared documents
Internet phone and web conferencing application Sample:
Conference with high school students and author Daniel Pink
Virtual classroom and meeting place
Online meeting and collaboration space
Set up a classroom for collaboration
Educational accounts for classroom wikis
Technology Tools for project-based learning:
- Free from Microsoft. Create simple "video" presentations with images, text, and sound.
Create multimedia slide shows.
Windows Movie Maker
- Free from Microsoft. Create video presentations with multiple tracks of audio.
-Creative multimedia software for elementary students. Includes many images and draw/paint options.
-Create desktop publishing documents like flyers, brochures, newspapers,posters.
-Free audio software to create simple podcast recordings.
-Web application to create multimedia project. Includes a library of copyright free music and slick automatic animations. Upload images, add text labels. Use the education version.
-Online application for sharing images and recording discussions by typing, microphone, web cam, or phone. Also good for collaboration. Samples:
Fantasy Book Summaries
Tall Tale Summaries
WebQuests Across the Curriculum
from Education World
**Google Literature Trips**
Students travel through their novel using Google Earth as a comprehension tool
Google Lit Trips-Bringing Travel Tales to Life
: Use the autoshapes in Word and PowerPoint or an online application to create comic strip projects.
Read, Write, Think Comic Creator
Create online books. Add pictures, then create together with your class or allow students to view along with text readers.
Technology Tools for Teaching Comprehension Skills:
SMART Board lessons
Sequencing sentences in a paragraph for meaning
for pre and post reading
Great aniticipation guide for prereading
How to Eat Fried Worms
How To Eat Fried Worms powerpoint.ppt
Example of a book summary
work well for
using multimedia to set the stage. Try creating a Fact or Fiction presentation. Slide 1 presents a "fact" and students must predict whether it is true or false. Slide 2 will provide the answer and an explanation and so on. Teachers may choose to have students make predictions first and then go through the answer slides after reading.
is also a great
brainstorming tool for prereading
. Once the reading is completed students can revisit the bubble map and add to their ideas.
feature to make comments when reading in a Word document. Students can also insert comments with answers to questions, or definitions.
Use video clips from
as prereading activities to prepare the reader.
Checklists for Reading:
Interactive reading websites
Resources across content areas
Reading Passages and questions
Mrs. Dowling's Reading Comprehension Corner
ABC Reading Comprehension Resources
K-12 activities and lesson plans
Cloze Comprehension exercises
Dolch SMART Cloze Sentences
Elements of a Story
for comprehension activities from Global Classroom
Geared towards first and second grade readers-stories, plays, comics
Site for teens to recommend and discuss the books they are reading
Leveled books and comprehension exercises-free samples. Also has related literacy sites Raz Kids, Vocabulary, and more.
Thematic book lists
Reading Strategy of the Month
Online Practice Reading Tests
Technology and Literacy
Ideas for integrating technology and literature
Reading in the Content Areas
PowerPoint or Kidspiration/Inspiration outlining
features-As students read content area or non-fiction selections, ask them to outline the main ideas and details, then print notes. Inspiration/Kidspiration can be exported into Word documents.
- To find the key words and main ideas of an online article, copy and paste a paragraph into Wordle. The most often used words will be displayed the largest in the Wordle. This is a great tool for writiers to see if they are over-using words.
timelines of events from texts.
Control F key
to locate key words when trying to locate information or answers to questions.
This online applications allows students to highlight text online and attach notes and comments about what they are reading. Notes can be saved and printed out. Education accounts allow teacher access to student accounts to monitor the notes.
**Diigo in Education**
- Scaffolding Students' Interactions with Texts
Reading Strategies That Assist Content Area Reading
Reading Stratgies for the Social Studies Classroom
for Content Areas (Language Arts, Math, Science , Social Studies grades 6-8) Class Zone for McDougal-Littel
Reverse dictionary lets students look up definitions to find the exact word
Cambridge Idiom Dictionary
Math Dictionary for Kids
Beginning Algebra to Calculus
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"