Elementary Reading Resources?

I received the following email yesterday and thought I’d post it (and my response) here as well… incase anyone has anything to add:

Hi Mark,
I took the Picasa, Audacity and Movie Maker for Educators
class on August 9, 2007. I teach first grade and I was wondering if you know of any resources for teaching reading. I would appreciate any information you might have to share.Thank you.

I responded briefly as best I could, but I’m no reading teacher – and I’m certainly not a 1st grade teacher:

I’m glad you contacted me. But, boy, that depends what you’re looking for… there’s everything from expensive software for the school like Accelerated Reader or Read 180 to free web based resources like these my wife Eva found (she teaches kindergarden): http://tinyurl.com/2f48po

If you use Houghton-Mifflin, you might also find this resource, which Eva started, to be useful. It’s free online resources aligned with the adopted text, organized by Theme and week:

If you have something more specific in mind, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

If you have a bit more expertise in this area, please feel free to leave other resources in the comments below. :)


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4 Responses to “Elementary Reading Resources?”

  1. J.D. Williams Says:

    My students were a fan of http://www.roythezebra.com It has a lot of interactive reading games that work well on an interactive whiteboard. I would just direct him to http://www.internet4classrooms.com He’ll find something there that can be useful for sure.

  2. Mathew Says:

    http://www.starfall.com is a popular favorite for beginning readers

    http://www.opencourtresources.com is the site for Open Court teachers who integrate technology (and even those who don’t)

  3. Lucy Gray Says:

    Hi Mark –

    I put out a list of web sites each week. Here’s one on literacy:


    Hope that helps… I like that Roy the Zebra site. It’s a new one for my collection!


  4. Mark Wagner Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Lucy. I actually just subscribed to your Friday 5 group.