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Reading Websites for Students

Updated on January 24, 2016
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Rosie was an elementary school teacher for 13 years, teaching grades 3-5. She is now a Library Media Specialist in an elementary school.


Interactive Reading Websites

Interactive reading websites are not hard to find, but there are so many that it is difficult and time-consuming to weed through them and find the best ones. Below is a list of 4 sites that I have found to be very useful for students who need help with reading. They cover all grade levels and a multitude of skills. Most interactive sites have games that teach or reinforce skills and assessment tools. There are also helpful parent and teacher links as well.

This site provides interactive website links for grades K-12. They are divided into subject categories, one of them being reading. Many of these reading links are for beginning readers. They focus on letter recognition phonics, vocabulary and comprehension.

This site has what they call an internet hotlist on comprehension skills for grades 3-5. It was created by an elementary school teacher. A wealth of comprehension skills are alphabetically ordered including skills such as author's purpose, cause and effect, context clues, drawing conclusions, fact and opinion, figurative language, plot, sequencing, and summarizing. The site is divided into 3 main sections: comprehension skills, testing, and reading strategies. This site has an incredible amount of resources for both teachers and parents.


Students Can Learn Through Games

This site contains a collection of game links mostly for younger students. The game topics are very specific and would be worthwhile when teaching or reinforcing very specific skills. Some of these include: anagrams, letter writing, fact or fantasy, opposites, inference, tall tales, and fact or fantasy.

This site also has a collection of reading based games. These game links are divided by age-appropriate categories: ages 3-6, 6-10, and 10 and up. Each game link has a brief description of the skill being addressed. For instance, Web Tales: Kids can create their own wacky tales by imputing phrases. It also has a list of parent resource links including topics such as reading tips, strategies, building skills, and promoting reading.

Helpful Sites Are Well-Organized

This site is for beginning readers. It has 4 components: ABC's, Learn to Read, It's Fun to Read, and I'm Reading. Starfall uses phonics to teach children to read through a systematic approach. This site is appropriate for pre-school through 2nd grade, as well as English language development, special education students, and children who are home-schooled. It also features fun holiday-inspired activities that are reading centered as well.

This site contains interactive whiteboard games for language arts, the arts, math, and social science. These games are animated and very entertaining. Even though they were created with the whiteboard in mind, they are very effective for students to use via the computer. Using shows such as Between the Lions, Sesame Street, and Clifford, reading skills are taught in a way that will interest young children and keep their attention.

This site contains a well-organized list of language arts and reading websites. It contains sites for students, teachers, and resources for Sadako and the Thousand Cranes. Very specific skills can be accessed here such as parts of speech, synonyms and antonyms, homographs, main idea, and poetry.


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      Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks eHealer! I'll be using these as well to enhance 4th grade reading instruction. There are 4 computers in my classroom and I use them as a station during guided reading instruction with small groups.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Rosie Writes such great hubs! This is wonderful and will share it with GFs with kids. Most of them limit the amount of time they can spend online and they complain that there is so much information to sift thru. Thanks, this hub will be greatly appreciated! voted up and shared!