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We hope you enjoy browsing this collection of tools, applications, and databases. We have included sites that colleagues, teachers, families, and students have found to be useful. Click on the URL above each description, to visit each site. If you would like to recommend a site, please send an email with the URL and a brief note about its usefulness, to contact@readingandwritingproject.com . Thank you and enjoy!

Newsela

https://newsela.com
Description

A constantly changing collection of current events and topic-based articles that allows you to search with key terms and browse categories.

Purpose

Great for kids who love to read current events and read about issues in the world.

Cost

FREE for teachers and students with registration

Starfall

http://www.starfall.com/
Description

A website and app that allows you to play letter and word games, listen to music and read online texts.

Purpose

Great for kids who want to practice their reading skills while playing games.

Cost

FREE with option to buy an extended membership

Gale E-Library Elementary

http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/libweb/k6/do/search
Description

A web-based database that allows you to look up anything and get awesome, easy to read articles written by educators, scientists and historians.A web-based database that allows you to look up anything and get awesome, easy to read articles written by educators, scientists and historians. A web-based database that allows you to look up anything and get awesome, easy to read articles written by educators, scientists and historians.

Purpose

Great for kids who are doing research for school or want to read about cool topics.

Cost

FREE to use at home and at school with a public library card or with a school librarian’s help

Groliers

http://go-elem.grolier.com/
Description

A website that includes eight encyclopedia databases for Elementary, Middle and Highschool students.

Purpose

A large resource that spans topics and grade areas to be used for kids, teachers, librarians and media specialists

Cost

Read and Write for Google Docs

https://www.texthelp.com/en-us
Description

A chrome web extension that reads your writing back to you. The computer reads back anything you type into the word processor. This lets you hear if it “sounds right.” Works with Google Chrome on PC, Mac or Chromebook—not on tablets.

Purpose

Great for students who like to hear someone else read their writing. Please note, the voice is slightly robotic.

Cost

FREE for educators and students

Storybird

https://storybird.com/
Description

A website with pre-created artistic templates that allows you to craft and digitally publish stories to be read by a wider audience.

Purpose

Great for kids who love to write and would like professional illustrations alongside their writing, and for young writers who would like to share their writing with a wider audience and would like to read and comment on other kids’ writing.

Cost

FREE

My Story

http://mystoryapp.org/
Description

A simple book-making app for kids that allows them to create e-books and share them widely.

Purpose

This is a very kid-friendly app, great for writers to make e-books, especially when the use of photographs and other images would be welcome. It also allows writers to narrate or read their own books.

Cost

FREE

Tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL4okjOunhg

Read and Write for Google Docs

https://www.texthelp.com/en-us
Description

A chrome web extension that reads your writing back to you. The computer reads back anything you type into the word processor. This lets you hear if it “sounds right.” Works with Google Chrome on PC, Mac or Chromebook—not on tablets.

Purpose

Great for students who like to hear someone else read their writing. Please note, the voice is slightly robotic.

Cost

FREE for educators and students

Brooklyn Public Library Kid Zone

http://www.bklynlibrary.org/kidzone
Description

A website with links to games, coloring pages and homework help from the Brooklyn Public Library

Purpose

Great for fun games, book lists and activities that were chosen by helpful librarians.

Cost

FREE

PBS Kids Zoom

http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/games/
Description

A website with links to intellectual, creative and physical games.

Purpose

An easy to use resource for finding fun things to do.

Cost

FREE

Edheads

http://edheads.org/
Description

A website with links to science, technology, engineering and math games.

Purpose

These are simple games that will really make you think.

Cost

FREE

Padlet


Description

A website that allows you to make a virtual bulletin board to share ideas, videos, links and documents.

Purpose

Great for read aloud discussions, book clubs, research sharing and presentations.

Cost

Free trial and the option to upgrade to Padlet Backpack, which includes a suite of privacy and classroom settings.

AddText

http://addtext.com/
Description

A website that allows you to modify pictures by adding text. This is great for bookmaking, chart making or just creating cool art using your favorite images.

Purpose

This is useful for kids who need support with vocabulary.

Cost

FREE

Maker Camp

http://makercamp.com/
Description

An online community that gives kids an opportunity to learn from one another and share the projects that they make.

Purpose

This site is helpful for kids who like to make stuff and want to share it with other people. There is also a great opportunity to learn from and with other makers.

Cost

FREE

Makebeliefs (Free Version)

http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/
Description

A multi-language platform available as an app or via website, allowing you to create content related comic strips.

Purpose
Cost

FREE and COST

Smithsonian

http://www.si.edu/#green
Description

This website gives you digital access to the Smithsonian— one of the world’s largest museums.

Purpose

This is great for writing about a particular topic or when you need or want to see pictures of something that your teacher mentioned in class.

Cost

FREE

Google Kid

http://www.safesearchkids.com/google
Description

This is a kid-friendly version of Google’s popular search tool. Results here are filtered for school-aged children.

Purpose

This is great for kids who need general information on a wide range of topics. It’s not designed for super-specific information.

Cost

FREE

Google Scholar

https://scholar.google.com/
Description

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. You can search: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other websites.

Purpose

This is great for older students who need higher level research texts.

Cost

FREE

Ask a Librarian

http://www.bklynlibrary.org/ask-librarian
Description

This link gives access to chatting with, emailing, speaking to or booking a one-on-one session with a Brooklyn public librarian.

Purpose

Great for access to booklists, specific question answering and help with research projects. If you don’t live in Brooklyn, you can still contact them.

Cost

FREE