Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Reading and Writing Online

Recently, I've come across a few web sites that have books online to read or use in classroom instruction. Aside from the excitment of "turning pages" using a mouse, I think these web sites bring a few different benefits into reading instruction:

1. An opportunity to create a familiar project in a new way, like presenting student "inventions" (a common writing project) through a class online book. The My Little Book Project ( hosts a template for classes to use to make a book all about the inventions of class.

2. To allow kids to read books by a variety of general authors, from teachers to kids. Story Jumper ( has books that other kids have written and that adults have written, all available for free online.

3. To encourage kids to write and think about writing in a new way. Kids can retell stories or write their own stories using Story Jumper (, including making choices that authors make--which pictures and words to include, how to order a story, how much information and writing to include on each page.

I plan on using these tools in my classroom next year and would be interested to see books that have been made by students in the early elementary grades.

*Books on either site can be ordered for a fee, or read for free online.

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