Say hello to our new website and Common Core Reading products!

Last month was National Reading Month, and to celebrate we released two more Common Core aligned, reading products for districts and educators to help students with their ELA programs!

Our NEW ‘Close Reading Portfolio’ provides a series of reading  material and interactive exercises that gives students practice in deriving central ideas and key supporting points in their reading material.

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And the NEW ‘Books & Collections’ library comprises nearly 500 English and Spanish titles, and was developed to provide supplemental, grade specific, reading material in History/Social Science and Science topics.

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In addition to the above, our popular ‘Guided Reading Program’ is still available on our redesigned website and provides over 130 engaging books and lesson plans, covering comprehension strategies, oral fluency skills, and content in history, science, and language arts.

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Free Published Books Released for National Reading Month

But that’s not all… we are also releasing 3 free books in digital format to share with your students!

Just click on the links below to download your free books:

The Golden State, by Susanne Herfurth & Sue Byers, Illustrations by J.R.Craig & Sou Saetern

Ideal for 4th grade, readers can learn about California from this informational text, which includes interesting facts and features about the state.

American Immigrants, by Tony Losongco, Illustrations by Paul Klepac

Written for 5th graders, this non-fiction compares and contrasts the experiences of new Americans during two historical periods of immigration.

Weather, by Michael Contreras, Illustrations by Rae Mendiola

6th graders will love the graphic features in this book that will help them interpret maps and other weather graphics.

Enjoy your classroom reading and don’t forget to share this post with your friends!

My Students Are Begging for More Guided Reading With Snap Learning

Guided reading has never been so engaging. For the past month my students have been enjoying improving their reading skills with Snap Learning’s guided reading program. The program is so user friendly and intuitive for both teachers and students. SnapLearning has thought of everything. As a teacher who has 5 iPads and 27 students I appreciate the little things that Snap Learning did to make it work for everyone! I most appreciate the individual student log in because it makes sharing iPads and the using the program simple! In the past my students participated in small guided reading groups with me, but they have never begged to be in the first group to go until now. My students can’t wait for their turn to be in a guided reading group because each lesson is full of engaging, relevant content that they actually enjoy reading about.

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The lessons are packed with interactive content that draw the students in and make them want to read and comprehend. The lessons contain videos and other interactive media that build up their background knowledge and get them excited about reading the passages. The vocabulary instruction is explicit and students go through each word at their own pace, moving on when they are ready, just like the rest of the lesson. Each lesson contains a section for a written response too. My students are writing details and using text evidence in these responses. Writing about what they are reading is such an important skill in the era of CCSS. They are writing with details because they are engaged and motivated to share what they are learning. Speaking of CCSS, the lessons are aligned with CCSS and the informational texts are of very high quality. Students can pick out vocabulary controlled text easily and feel insulted by it in traditional guided reading materials, but that is not a worry with SnapLearning’s guided reading program. My students not only enjoy reading with SnapLeaning’s guided reading program, but they are showing signs of reading improvement in their daily work and progress monitoring! What more could a teacher ask for? I have engaged students who are loving reading and showing improvement in their reading ability thanks to Snap Learning.

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HEIDI MORGAN is a 6th grade Reading and Language Arts teacher. She is passionate about technology integration and is always looking for new and innovative ways to create the best 21st century learning environment for her students.

Visit her blog: http://cornerofteachandtech.blogspot.com/

16 Apps That Motivate Kids to Read

appsmotivatereadingWe are Teachers has published an excellent list of apps that encourage and get your young readers excited about reading! And guess what? SNAP! Reading is listed under Elementary School Readers by We Are Teachers!

Extract: For every kid who is caught hiding beneath his covers with a flashlight and a novel at midnight, there is another who has to be begged and pleaded with to read.  And the latter might need a little extra—shall we call it encouragement?—to become a great reader.

To help, we’ve rounded up a list of the top apps that not only teach essential reading skills but also motivate kids—even the most book-phobic—to read, read and read some more.

Click here to see the full list.

Checklist to Choosing a Digital Reading Program

1. Does the digital reading program offer varied levels of text complexity, for learners of different grades?

2. Does the material provide you with any standardized reading scale for reference?

3. Is there audio support for students to have text or words read to them?

4. Is there a microphone recorder so that students can record their reading skills?

5. Are tools and exercises provided to teach vocabulary words?

6. Is there an easy way to access dictionary definitions and thesaurus meanings of unfamiliar words?

7. Is multimedia support (audio, video, animations, images) used to help convey meaning?

8. Is the reading program bilingual or offer translations of vocabulary words, definitions, directions or paragraphs?

9. Does the reading program offer learners a way to measure their own reading progress?

10. Are there rewards or incentives to help (young) learners complete lessons and exercises?

11. Is the reading program tailored to provide immediate feedback to students based on their reading performance?

12. Can the digital reading program measure a student’s reading progress and analyze performance over a period of time?