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Five FREE Websites for Students - English Language Arts Teachers Love These for Finding Online Articles



Are you looking for online articles for your Language Arts/ELA classroom that are age-appropriate, reading-level appropriate and best of all, free? I have reviewed some common websites that allow your students to access a wide variety of reading materials online that are matched to their reading and age level. They are able to access different types of literature from informational text to fiction articles. Many of the free websites for students come with comprehension questions for assessment purposes. Teachers can also assign specific readings for homework. 


Tech Tip - Use digital task cards so they can be modified for any grade level

Readworks

This website is available for K-12 teachers online and free. Teachers have access to an extensive library of articles. This website supplements the literature with reading comprehension questions, vocabulary lessons, formative assessments and teacher guidance. What is most beneficial about this website is the amount of assistance provided to both students and teachers in the form of supplemental materials and assessments. 

This website allows students to take a pretest upon registering for a student account to determine an appropriate, independent reading level. The program assigns the reading passages to the students based on their reading level. Students progress to higher reading levels based on their grades on their reading quizzes. This website is also free to use.


Front Rowed

Teachers have access to over 400+ nonfiction reading passages that can be assigned out to their students. The articles assigned will be delivered to the student at their specific reading level. Students answer reading comprehension questions and have the option to provide a written response as well. The website has a program called Word Study which helps students who are struggling with spelling, reading, and writing. 

This website offers the largest variety of literature free for students and teachers. There are more than 25 different genres to choose from. The genres include everything from historical documents, to science fiction to poems. Teachers can assign the literature and track the progress of their students. The website also offers assessment methods which include multiple choice and written responses. 


Epic!

This website is designed for students 12 years of age and younger. There are over 25,000 different types of books for students to choose from. For teachers, a reading challenge can be set up for each classroom. The books are available in an audio format, and are also offered in Spanish. There are also reading comprehension quizzes available as well.
These five free websites for students are widely used and teachers have found great success in using them. The progress tracking and the ability to give assignments such as written responses and reading comprehension quizzes have really had an impact on the increase in reading abilities in classrooms today. 

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Hope you enjoyed reading about how I use free websites for students through technology in the classroom. Comment below to let me know how you will use this in your classroom. Then click the image and read about another way to add digital learning into your classroom. You must comment on each post to be entered into the giveaway.



A New Year and Helping Your Students Set Healthy Goals

Happy New Year! At the start of the new year, most people set goals or make resolutions for themselves. Some people want to work out more or become more organized, while others want to learn new skills and try new experiences. 
Help your middle and high school students create and set personal goals for the new year and work on increasing their growth mindset through various classroom activities. English language arts teachers | grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 | English teachers | Secondary ELA | vision boards

The idea of making and setting goals is one that we should implement into our middle and high school classrooms. Our students should get in the habit of always striving for self-improvement and planning to create the future they imagine for themselves. Below you will find various new year's goal setting activities (for January or the new school year) that will get your students planning and growing!

Vision Boards will Promote a Growth Mindset and Goal Setting all Year
by Danielle Knight

A hot topic in education now is growth mindset. We are trying to teach our children to never give up, to keep going despite the many hardships and setbacks they may face. Creating a vision board and displaying it somewhere that they can see it daily is an excellent reminder to help them stay focused on what they really want in life and to do whatever it takes to achieve it. They will be constantly reminded of why they are doing the things they do everyday and the pride and happiness that will come as a result.
Help your middle and high school students create and set personal goals for the new year and work on increasing their growth mindset through various classroom activities. English language arts teachers | grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 | English teachers | Secondary ELA | vision boards

With my vision board workbook, students can work through it, describing attainable and reachable goals for their future, including intentions for the family, for school and themselves. The last four pages of the workbook turn into a poster that can be assembled and hung up on display. They can use a variety of magazines to cut out words, phrases, and images that reflect their personal goals. If you do not have access to magazines using the internet to find images works just as well...and there's no mess! This is a great activity for January or the new school year.

Want to hear more? Here is The Study All Knight Podcast episode on Vision Boards




Helping Students Self-Reflect 
by 2 Peas and a Dog 
With all of the excitement of the holiday season, students can start to forget all of the good habits they worked hard to develop. When school resumes back after the holiday break, I take time to review classroom expectations, routines and procedures as well as help my students set goals for the new year. I want my students to see the value of goal setting and reflection. I model this process under my document camera and use examples from my real life. Students need to see that being an adult does not mean perfection. We have things we need to work on too! Check out this New Year’s Goal Setting Activity that I am going to use with my students during our first week back at school. 


Help your middle and high school students create and set personal goals for the new year and work on increasing their growth mindset through various classroom activities. English language arts teachers | grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 | English teachers | Secondary ELA | vision boards

Help your middle and high school students create and set personal goals for the new year and work on increasing their growth mindset through various classroom activities. English language arts teachers | grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 | English teachers | Secondary ELA | vision boards

Reminding Students to Think Positively 
by English, Oh My!
As students excitedly embark on Holiday break, teachers often hope their students come back to school refreshed, revived and excited. Because it is a new year and a fresh start for some, I find it important to review positive mindset and positive decision making. Sometimes as the year progresses, our students begin to lose their positive thinking, and this is a perfect time of year to review this! 

One of the first lessons I review with my students when they return from break is the difference between growth and a fixed mindset. I try to cultivate positive mindset in my classroom by displaying inspiring and motivational posters.  I constantly refer to these posters when I find my students (and myself!) are hard on themselves or have negative thoughts with their work or abilities.  Check out my Mindset Posters I have hanging in my classroom to inspire and encourage positive thinking! 

Help your middle and high school students create and set personal goals for the new year and work on increasing their growth mindset through various classroom activities. English language arts teachers | grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 | English teachers | Secondary ELA | vision boards

Help your middle and high school students create and set personal goals for the new year and work on increasing their growth mindset through various classroom activities. English language arts teachers | grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 | English teachers | Secondary ELA | vision boards

Blended Learning in the Science Classroom



This is for all subjects in middle school and high school. My interview is with Kristina of Adventures in Istem. She explores how she sets up all of her stations in a middle school science classroom. I love blended learning classrooms and also add experiences and tips. The podcast also covers the stations model. Kristina shares relevant and easy to implement teaching strategies, tips, technology-infused classroom, inquiry process, differentiation.

Interview on Youtube https://youtu.be/lfv6Uf5vOFY



Check out this episode!

Why Teachers Should Create Vision Boards With Their Students

Ever find yourself daydreaming about the future, and all of the possibilities that are out there? Ever wish you could stay focused and make those dreams a reality? Vision boards are an amazing tool that helps keep you motivated and determined to make your future real. Teachers promoting a growth mindset will continue to encourage hard work and determination and the vision board supports the goals the student will strive for. Vision boards display words and images of what you want to get out of life. 



Vision boards are an amazing tool that helps keep you motivated and determined to make your future real. Teachers promoting a growth mindset will continue to encourage hard work and determination and the vision board supports the goals the student will strive for. Vision boards display words and images of what you want to get out of life. Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 10, 11, 12. Middle School. New Years activity, back to school, setting goals.

Everybody has their own idea of what they want their future to look like. These boards help you stay on track to make it happen. Everybody is inspired by something different, and that’s what makes vision boards so unique. They are personal to you and display everything that YOU desire for your future.

I have created a children’s version of a vision board. Children have wild imaginations and have high, unrealistic hopes for their future. The purpose of this vision board is to help them stay focused and motivated to achieve realistic goals for their future. Vision boards are not "dream boards"; their purpose is not to set their minds to something that is unattainable. Vision boards for children should be created for something that is could happen in their future. 

Vision boards are an amazing tool that helps keep you motivated and determined to make your future real. Teachers promoting a growth mindset will continue to encourage hard work and determination and the vision board supports the goals the student will strive for. Vision boards display words and images of what you want to get out of life. Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 10, 11, 12. Middle School. New Years activity, back to school, setting goals.

I love mind maps. In my research of effectively using vision boards, I realized two things. First, they are colorful, exciting, unique, and inspiring. Second, in a way, they are big mind maps. You are at the center and all the images around you are a part of your vision.

A hot topic in education now is growth mindset. We are trying to teach our children to never give up, to keep going despite the many hardships and setbacks they may face. Creating a vision board and displaying it somewhere that they can see it daily is an excellent reminder to help them stay focused on what they really want in life and to do whatever it takes to achieve it. They will be constantly reminded of why they are doing the things they do every day and the pride and happiness that will come as a result.
Vision boards are an amazing tool that helps keep you motivated and determined to make your future real. Teachers promoting a growth mindset will continue to encourage hard work and determination and the vision board supports the goals the student will strive for. Vision boards display words and images of what you want to get out of life. Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 10, 11, 12. Middle School. New Years activity, back to school, setting goals.
In the classroom, you can use the vision board many times during the year. Think about times when there are ‘new beginnings’ in the classroom. Do you start the school year in August or September? Do you end the school year in May or June? Or maybe you start a new semester in late January/early February? Create a vision board with your students at the beginning of the school year and reflect back on their goals throughout the year. Create a vision board at the end of the school year to create goals for the upcoming school year. Either way, students can use this tool to periodically check in to make sure they’re on the right path for the future they want.
Vision boards are an amazing tool that helps keep you motivated and determined to make your future real. Teachers promoting a growth mindset will continue to encourage hard work and determination and the vision board supports the goals the student will strive for. Vision boards display words and images of what you want to get out of life. Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 10, 11, 12. Middle School. New Years activity, back to school, setting goals.
Students can work through the vision board workbook, describing attainable and reachable goals for their future, including intentions for their family, for school and themselves. The last four pages of the workbook are four worksheets that the students will tear out and assemble to create the actual vision board. They can use a variety of magazines to cut out words, phrases, and images that reflect their personal goals. If your classroom has access to the internet your students can incorporate technology to find pictures. 

Enjoy!


Want to listen to my podcast on vision boards? Check it out!



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