Literacy and Language Arts
Epic! is a website that houses over 40,000 books for all ages. They have books for children preschool aged all the way up to age 12. Epic! has well-known award-winning classics, original books, picture books, audio books, and learning videos. Every book is placed into a category based on the age and interest of the reader, allowing teachers and students to quickly find exactly what they are looking for. Children can read Epic! on their tablet, computer, or cellular phone; their activity on any device can be tracked on their individual account so you can track how much they have been reading every week. The website does not allow for advertisements, keeping children safe from external marketing. Epic! is free for educators, sign-up and send out your class code!
There are times in class where I feel that children are sick of hearing my voice; Storyline Online provides a welcome break to students and teachers while providing an enriching literacy experience.
Storyline Online is a free website that streams videos featuring actors reading children’s books. The description states the run time of each video while also providing a suggested grade level. Each book has been brought to life with creative illustrations based on the artwork from the original books. Each book also has supplemental curriculum attached to enhance the learning experience (often having material for both parents and teachers).
The celebrity readers include Oprah Winfrey, Kristen Bell, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Costner, Betty White, and dozens more! The readings are free; but if you love the book, the website provides a link for purchase.