- Have Fun Teaching – Reading Comprehension Song and Context Clues Song
- Pasco School District in Washington State has tons of chants and poems for teaching content
- New Mexico Chant Bank – songs to support Guided Language Acquisition Design style teaching, but good and useful for everyone, not just ELLs!
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- Study Island – A paid program, but it correlates to state standards and to Common Core standards. Kids take a pre-test in either math or reading, then they play educational games and answer multiple choice questions to earn “blue ribbons” in each category. It is motivating, fun, and helps them get ready for the computerized format.
- Xtra Math – This one is a free test prep program. I didn’t use it too much in the classroom, but I did put it on my newsletters as options for kids to do at home.
- Kids’ Place and Edu Place Test Prep Practice – these are by Houghton Mifflin (our reading adoption) and you can choose your grade and the standard in order to find practice tests and other activities.
- Time For Kids – I got a subscription through Donorschoose.org that was a tremenous help to my teaching. They have online quizes and extra activities and articles to use for lessons. It’s great!
- DOGO News – a great resource for free online articles written for kids.
- Comprehension Toolkit – My school was able to purchase one 3-6 kit for my grade level to share. It was an invaluable resource for teaching with nonfiction. At $132, it is an investment, but the lessons really are fabulous.
Thank you so much for sharing such helpful information!! I am familiar with almost all of the sites you mentioned, but I will def. have to take a peek at the practice test ones. My son's school uses Study Island and he really enjoys using it.
I have several of Dr. Marzona's books, but I have not read the one you have listed. I thought I did at first, but I actually have the advanced vocabulary edition.
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The kids at my school really enjoy Study Island, too! I hope your son gets some good practice from those Houghton Mifflin sites!
The day is finally here! I am having so much fun hoppin to everyone's blog! Thank you for setting this up!
Apples and ABC's
You're welcome! I'm glad people are enjoying it!
Great test prep ideas! So much to cover to get them ready for that all important "test"!!
Conversations in Literacy
Great stuff Nicole. We start testing in 3rd grade in Michigan too. I love that you don't stop using music in 3rd grade just because they aren't officially 'early elementary' anymore. If a child show musical intelligence, it doesn't change just because they hit third grade. Good for you!
A Differentiated Kindergarten
Thanks Marsha! My school has a high ELL population, so I have found that music and cadence helps kids learn new concepts easier. I hope that sites will be helpful for you, too! 🙂
You have a great blog! I'm so glad I found it. I'm nominating you for The Versatile Blogger Award. You can drop by my blog to pick it up.
Thanks for the Math sheet. I'm going to use it with their Math Journals.
Calling Plays in 2nd Grade
Great! So glad you can use it!
I'm from New Mexico and had no idea about the chant database! What a great resource–thank you!
Wonderful blog…thanks for sharing!
Doodle’s Daily Domain
Thanks for the math vocab sheet and the song ideas ! I love using songs in my classroom 🙂
Glad you can use it!