Know Any Good Read Alouds?
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Use the Marvel database Academic Search Premier.
Hassett, Dawnene D. and Jen Scott Curwood. Theories and Practices of Multimodal Education: The Instructional Dynamics of Picture Books and Primary Classrooms. The Reading Teacher, 63(4), pp.270-282. December 2009/January 2010
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Booklists and Curricular Connections
Book Adenture: http://www.bookadventure.org/
Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes. Book Adventure was created by and is maintained by Sylvan Learning.
Online Picture Books:
International Children's Digital Library: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
These are scanned books
written a variety of different languages. The kids could try to predict the
story based on the pictures and then test their predictions by translating in
English. How fun!
Kids Learn Out Loud: http://kids.learnoutloud.com/Kids-Free-Stuff
This is an audio book site that has podcasts for various subjects that are levels by grade clusters. There were a bunch of biography podcasts which would be great resources for kids.
KOL Jr. online stories: http://kids.aol.com/KOL/1/KOLJrStories
Popular picture books read
aloud with the text highlighted as the word is read. Great for K-2.
You have to buy a subscription, but very popular. It has fiction and nonfiction books for kids to read silently, recording ability, and they can, listen to books read aloud to them. Teachers can differentiate by assigning books at different levels that are aligned to DRA and Fountas and Pennell. There's a good 3 min video that introduces it on the site.
Screen Actors Guild Foundation: http://www.storylineonline.net/
Various well-known actors read aloud popular picture books. A winner with kids!
Portland Public Library
offers this free access to a long list of picture books. You can choose to have
the book read to you or to read independently.
Carmine: A Little More Red: http://www.melissasweet.net/carmine_teacher%27s_guide.pdf
A teacherís guide for the book compliments of Caldecott Honor willing author Melissa Sweet.
Chickadee Awards: http://www.chickadeeaward.org/
The Chickadee Committee writes curriculum pages for all of the nominated books. The pages include activities, author/illustrator information, lists of companion books and relevant links.
George vs. George: The American Revolution as seen from Both Sides: http://www.econed.org/html/lessons/data/George%20Vs%20George.pdf
This is a curriculum unit
centered around the book from the Department of Education in
This is a fabulous reading of the Jabberwocky by British actor, Sir Christopher Lee. Not to miss for the Through the Looking Glass or Alice in Wonderland fans.
Living Sunlight: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/book.jsp?id=1303532
Here are links to curriculum centered around this book for both K-2 and 3-5 students.
Trout are Made of Trees: http://www.shirleysmithduke.com/handouts/TROUT_ARE_MADE_OF_TREES.pdf
This is an activity focusing
on food chains around the book prepared by a
The Wolves are Back: http://www.shirleysmithduke.com/handouts/THE_WOLVES_ARE_BACK.pdf
This is an activity focusing on ecology that builds on the activity from Trout are Made of Trees. You can also visit the Chickadee site for activities around this book.