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There are an extensive number of links on this page. They have been grouped by Grammar, Misc. Language Arts, Poetry, Puzzle Sites, Reading , Spelling, Vocabulary and Writing.



Self Study Grammar

Quizes includes: articles, cloze, conjunction, dialogs, functions, plurals, prepositions, pronoun, sentence structure, tag questions, verbs, correct sequence, word choice, and misc. quizes. Each quiz has the structure of: question, several answers, drop down box with the correct answer. These quizes are taken online and can not be downloaded.

idiom_site.jpgIdiom Site

An alphabetical list is provided at the top of the page. Clicking on a letter will give you all of the idioms that begin with the letter. The idiom and an explanation of the idiom is listed.

Animated Idioms

This is an Japanese site used to teach English. The is a limited number of animated idioms but they are interesting so give it a try.


Eye on Idioms


A picture is shown at the top of the page. Under the picture is a sentence that the students must complete using the idom in the picture. The second part requires the student to give the metaphorical meaning of the idom. The final section tells the student to use idiom in a sentence.

Idiom Dictionary

Wonder what "Flash in the pan" means? The idiom dictionary tells you the meaning of over 5,000 idioms. You can search by phrase or by using the alphabetical list. Once you choose a phrase other nearby terms are also provided

BBC- The Teacher

This BBC site for ELL/ESL learners offers common idioms, organized by themes, illustrated with entertaining videos. Themes range from animals to body idioms, to colors, to sports, and food. The videos feature a speaker with a British accent, drawing and explaining the idiom orally while drawing and while using it.

Although the focus is on ESL/ELL students, the cleverly done draw it and say it approach of the videos might serve as a model for student creations of vocabulary word explanations. World language students, similarly, could create similar videos or in class presentations using the draw it, tell it technique to explain new vocabulary words. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube. (Information taken from Teachers First)

Go for Grammar Gold

Broken down by grades 1-5 this site from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishers offers interactive flash video. A review is provided and then the student chooses answers to questions. The short lesson can be read for the student by clicking on the speaker icon.http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/language_arts/goforgold/


Idiom Ladder Game

Look at the clue to solve #1, the second part of the answer to #1 is the first part of the answer #2 and so on. If you get stuck click on the hint button and the correct letter will be placed in the space. Use the "Previous Date" link in the upper left side to go to a different game.

Big Dog Grammar

Maybe some dull, basic English grammar stuff here, but I know how to get to the meat of any subject. Join me as I nose my way through the least you need to know to bluff your way through Freshman comp or any general writing task.
Here you have a list of the bare essentials of grammar. These are the things that English teachers love to comment on in your papers. They really are important, and, no, those profs don't just mark them so they can keep you from ever getting anything higher than a C on a paper.

If getting your point across in writing or making someone think you know what you're talking about is ever important to you, you have to get a handle on these things! My buddy, Doc Scott, seems to think there's a lot more to it. But what does he know? I only humor him since he's the one that does the typing, so you may find some technical stuff creeping in here from time to time. Just play along and we'll keep him happy--and keeping my page updated!

Fun For the Brain

Lots of flash based game to teach grammar games such as Panda Mayhem, Base Word Baseball, Popcorn Word, Syllable Split & Magic E-adventures.


Grammar Ninja

This simple, interactive game practices parts of speech by asking the viewer to click and identify specific parts of speech in sentences. The options for the game itself do not last long, even though there are three levels. Teacher and students can take the game into many more levels and use students' own sentences, however, by downloading the "Grammar Ninja Sentence Creator" (GNSC). This software (available in both Mac and Windows versions) downloads as a "zipped" (compressed) file that opens to reveal a folder full of goodies. You will want to SAVE it on your desktop for easy access. There is an offline copy of the Grammar Ninja game and a separate Sentence Creator game. Open Sentence Creator and follow simple instructions to enter your own sentences and drag and drop labels onto the parts of speech. Then comes the "geek" part: the Sentence Creator has you copy and paste what appears to be scary computer code into a separate file within that folder of downloaded items. You can click for help that shows you what to do. Save the txt file you just copied and pasted, and YOUR sentence will show up when you play the Grammar Ninja game on THAT computer. Turn DOWN your speakers or the music will drive you crazy! (Information copied from Teachers First.) http://www.kwarp.com/portfolio/grammarninja.html

grammar_and_words.jpgGrammar and Words

Although this is intended as an ESL/ELL site, the focused activities, exercises, and games apply to teaching grammar in any classroom. The straight forward approach is a rich resource for those hard-to-grasp grammatical rules and structures. Complete with a quick reference section and explanations, Grammar and Words provides a number of options for practicing grammar and usage. This could also be very useful in an elementary class just being introduced to these concepts of grammar. (Information copied from Teachers First.)


For slightly adventurous technology users. Use diagrammr to make a diagram or mind map by simply typing text. Diagrammr uses your sentences to diagram the sentences into a map for you. Once created, change the layout size or embed easily into a blog, wiki, or site. Create as many diagrams as needed without needing to register.
(Information copied from Teachers First.)

Road to Grammar

Road to Grammar is a free resource featuring quizzes, games, and lessons for English language learners. Visitors to Road to Grammar will find 365 grammar quizzes. Each quiz provides instant feedback and notes to explain why an answer is correct or incorrect. Before taking the quizzes visitors can work through a dozen practice activities and five practice games.

Applications for Education
In addition to the resources that students can use individually, Road to Grammar offers some downloadable resources for teachers. Teachers will find the collection of eight downloads offer discussion starters for English lessons, lesson warm-up activities, and some worksheets.(Information taken from Free Technology for Teachers.)

Road to Grammar Junior

This site provides quizzes, interactives, and extra help for young learners. Students can choose from over 300 grammar quizzes. Though originally meant for ESL/ELL learners, this site is appropriate for all learners. The quizzes provide instant feedback and the correct answer, if an incorrect answer is provided.

Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard as a fun way to introduce students to different types of grammar. In addition, use this as a way to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of a particular grammar topic. Post this on your class webpage for students to use at home or use it in the lab or classroom when students finish an assignment early. If you want to view only easy quizzes you may choose to do so. (Information from Teachers First)


See the conjugation of any English verb for free. This site conjugates over 15,000 verbs in all 3 forms: affirmative, interrogative, and negative, and in all tenses, genders, persons, voices, and moods. An added advantage at this site is you can see the definition of the verb. Other nice features are an example of the verb used in a sentence and a synonym of the verb used in a sentence. If you are a world language teacher, you may want to check back at this brand new site. They say they will next be developing pages to conjugate verbs in languages other than. (Information taken from Teachers First)


Help your students/child learn about different parts of speech at Grammaropolis. There are characters, books, videos, games, and songs. Clicking on each different character brings you to a different part of speech.

Grammar Bytes


Find detailed definitions of common grammar terms—everything from abstract nouns to verbs!


Test your grammar knowledge here. Fun interactive exercises await!


Teachers love proof, so keep track of the work that you complete! Download the handouts that accompany the interactive exercises.


Are you in a room with a computer projector? Teach with these presentations!


Are you in a room with a computer projector? Teach with these presentations!

Misc. Language Arts


Citation Machine

Citation machine is designed to help student and professional researchers to properly credit the sources used. Its primary goal is to make it so easy for student researchers to cite their information sources, that there is virtually no reason not to.

  1. Click the citation format you need and then the type of resource you wish to cite,
  2. Complete the Web form that appears with information from your source, and
  3. Click Make Citations to generate standard bibliographic and in-text citations.

English Online

A general resource for language arts from New Zealand. It will be interesting to see the similarities and differences.


Phrases, sayings and idioms meanings and origins
Phrases, sayings and idioms meanings and origins
Meanings and Origins
The meanings and origins of over 1,200 English sayings, phrases and idioms. Whether you want to resolve a friendly argument over how a saying or phrase originated or whether you just enjoy words, you'll probably find something here to interest you.

Phrase Thesaurus
You may find that the Phrase Thesaurus could make your life easier.This writers' resource spawns ideas for headlines, advertising copy, song lyrics, poetry etc. Journalists, advertising copywriters, songwriters, or anyone interested in creative writing in English, can benefit from this ideas generator.


Origins of Words and Phrases

Ever wonder about a particular saying and where it came from? Have you come up empty handed? Are you stumped? Well look no further! Some of the answers will have you saying "son of a gun!"
I've compiled a list of the phrases and words that I find most interesting. Some of the sayings are hundreds of years old and their exact origins remain a mystery. Opinions vary about the exact derivations of some, but I've decided to include only the most interesting theories.

Mr. Nussbaum Language Arts

A variety of interactive Language Arts sites. Make sure you click on some of the links at the top to take you to other subjects.

PopwordS.gifWord Games

Test your skill on such games as Cryptoqote, Popword, Eight Letters, Define Time, Switchword, Storyman, Codeword, Wordsearch.

Must Pop Words

How quickly can you create words from letters? Challenge yourself with this simple and addictive activity. Note that when started, an advertisement plays. Click “skip this ad”! No login is required to play. Click on Play to begin. An information screen provides simple directions. As the "letter" balls fall, determine words that can be made from them. Receive points and watch the balls pop when words are created. Be aware: students are able to type inappropriate words as part of the game. Discussions of what is appropriate should occur prior to playing. Monitor student use during play. (Information copied from Teachers First)

ESL Gold

This web site is actually for ESL teachers but offers many Language Arts web sites as resources.

Buzzin- English

Covers reading, writing, speaking, grammar, Shakespeare, web links and study skills. Note there are links on the left side of the page that take you to other subjects.


BBC Bitesize English

Reading, writing and spelling and grammar skills can help you tell a story, share your ideas, write a letter and make sense of instructions. We use them everyday and they help us understand each other. There is also links on the left to Math and Science sites.



Rhyming Dictionary

Type in the word you want to rhyme. Choose from end rhymes, last syllable rhymes, double rhymes, beginning rhymes, first syllable rhymes. Hit the rhyme button and a list is produced.

Rhyme Brain

This dynamite site makes rhyming alright. Save it as a favorite quick pick to have a slick trick for poets to click. The process is simple; just type in rhyme_brain.pnga word and RhymeBrain finds ones that sound similar and sorts them so that the best rhymes appear first. You can also click to alliterate. Some of the choices are a bit of a stretch, so take what it reveals and appeals, without any waste-of-time ordeals. Some of your advanced poetry writers have the options of not only clicking on the link for instantaneously generating a list of rhymes, they can type in two words and then click on alliteration for another organized list. Sophisticated, witty language users may also have fun with the Insult button, which is similar to the British humor of rhyming Cockney slang. (Information copied from Teachers First)

Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. Click on the under the Resources tab to investigate the poetry tools.

Digi Poem

This site is pure fun! It quickly generates visual representations of poetry and other text sources. Students click on the Text tab and type their poems into the interactive text box. When the poem is complete, click on submit, and a variety of images appears beside each word. You can keep clicking on the spinning arrow until you find the image that conveys your thoughts. Another feature is provided by clicking on the Poetry tab to access a short list of well-known poems accompanied by a visual display of the words, or do the same for the Random Haiku or Lyrics tab. Please be patient when poems are loading; they can take a few moments. (Information copied from Teachers First)

Teacher's First Resource Listings for Poetry

This web site lists a variety poetry resources.

Poetry through the Ages- Explore Forms

Come and explore poetic forms as they evolved and spread through Europe and North America, from those of the earliest Greek bards to modern-day poets. Studying poetic form is key to unlocking the ways civilizations viewed themselves. Enjoy your journey through the poetic landscape, and revel in some of the most creative and stimulating wordplay known in the world of writing. Which poetic form would you like to explore?

Famous forms
  • Limerick – Ireland’s poetic export is a catchy and often bawdy light verse.
  • Sonnet – Immortalized by Shakespeare and known for its 14-line length.
  • Free verse - Popularized by Beatniks but developed two centuries prior.
  • Ballad – This action-packed song-story dates back to Homer.
  • Haiku - The most popular Eastern poetic form in the world.
Classic forms
  • Ode - Elaborate and stately, odes express lofty sentiments and thoughts.
  • Terza rima/Tercet - Developed by Dante, Terza Rima is the most intricate form of Tercet writing.
  • Villanelle – Enjoys a modern-day spotlight thanks to Dylan Thomas’ "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night."
  • Rondeau – Medieval French poetry that lent structure to American blues music.
Obscure forms
  • Anacreontic verse - A true poem of love, wine, and song.
  • Chain verse – Used to disguise news from the Crusaders in the Middle Ages.
  • Triolet – Born from the lyrical minds of Provencal poets and French monks.
  • Canzone – Developed in the 13th century and embraced by literary giants.
21st century forms


Spelling Police- Literary Devices

Take your pick from the list to the left. Some are illustrated, some are not.
Such is life.

Interactive Raven

Welcome to TeachersFirst's "Interactive Raven," a look at the vocabulary and literary devices in Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem,
The Raven
. This unit lets users view each stanza of the poem, pointing out Poe's use of some common literary devices. By moving the mouse over the highlighted words, users can learn more about Poe's use of these devices. They include:


- the repetition of consonant sounds, usually at the beginning of words. Alliteration is marked in blue.
- the repetition of vowel sounds, usually within words. Assonance is marked in purple.
Internal rhyme
- the rhyming of words within a line of poetry, not just at the end of the lines. Internal rhymes are marked in red.
Vocabulary words
- This unit provides definitions for many words that may not be familiar to you. These words are marked in yellow.

We have marked alliteration, assonance, and internal rhyme in the first half of the poem. See if you can spot these devices in the later verses.
Enjoy the Raven!

ull, tiresomeAlliteration:


Rhyme within the line.Assonance:

Repeated vowel sounds


Find a poet or poem. When searching by poet a short biography of each poet is provided as well as a listing of their poems. When selecting poem the entire poem is provided. Audio and video is also available.


Poetry Foundation

This resource is packed full of information about poets, poems, articles and videos.

Poetry Everywhere

Poetry Everywhere includes a mini biography on numerous poets followed by one of the poet's poems. Be sure to select poets and poems that are age appropriate for students.
(Information copied from Teachers First)


Smithsonian- Poetry in Music

What makes a poem sound pleasing to the ear? A solid rhythm for one thing—something we know a good song also depends on. There are two poetic forms that began as song forms: the ballad stanza of British and American literature and the blues stanzas of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.

Teacher Planet: Limerick Day Theme Page

Lots of worksheets and lesson plans for limericks.

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic poetry is one of the simplest forms of creative writing for primary students to master. With this interactive site, students can use their own creativity while experimenting with this poetic form. After a brief introduction, students are asked to enter a topic of choice, brainstorm words and phrases that remind them of that topic, then construct a poem with the help of "hint words." (Information taken from Teacher's First)


Poetry Splatter

Get some creative juices flowing with this creative writing tool. Choose a poem title (grouped by age level) and fill in the blanks of the poem template by selecting from words that are splattered on the screen. Words are color-coded by function (nouns are blue, verbs, red, etc.), so the activity can become somewhat of a grammar lesson, too. (Information copied from Teacher's First)

Poetry Archive

The Poetry Archive is a comprehensive place for bringing poetry to life in your classroom. This resource provides lesson plans and activities for all key stages, built around authentic recordings that offer lively, engaging ways of unraveling the mystery of poetry. There are numerous internet sites that provide audio versions of poems; however this site provides access to the actual voice of the poets as they read their poems the way they intended them to be heard. Find out what they say about their own writing and the importance of hearing poems aloud. Browse all poems by title, poet's name, poetic forms, or themes. A full glossary of poetic terms is provided. There are various featured poets in residence, and there is even a link to a Children's Archive with favorite poems for younger students. The Poetry Archive includes a wide range of resources designed to help students learn background information on the poets and understand the context for their work.
(Information copied from Teacher's First)


Language is a Virus

The best part about this site are the creative writing games.

Character name generatorCut up machine
Poetry Generator Poetry botMadlib poemElectronic PoetryText CollageHaiku-a-tronPoem EngineTranslatorRandom Line GeneratorTile-o-maticWriting PromptsSentence BuilderPhrase GeneratorGraffiti WallLyricshttp://www.languageisavirus.com/

Poem Flow

Since February 1, 2010, poetry.org has been adding one poem a day to display in Poem Flow. The poems appear line by line (on a cell phone background) in a fairly slow cadence so that each word of the poem can be appreciated. The poems are mainly classics by renowned authors. They begin as early as the 1500's with Shakespeare and continue through lesser known contemporary poets of 2010. The date of the poem's publication is included with the title. Students or teachers can choose to read the poem all at one time in full text as well. Designed to be used as an APP on the iPhone/iTouch, the website allows anyone (without an iPhone) to see the poems appearing slowly and thoughtfully.

Kids Poetry Page

As part of the commercial site for Dave Kappell’s Magnetic Poetry kits, The Kids Poetry Page extends the original idea of Magnetic Poetry online. This engaging site features the commercial venture to further the sale of Magnetic Poetry and other products. The Kids’ Poetry Page lets you can play online (FREE) with several of the kits. Moving the word tiles, you create poetry to save, print, or publish online. An email address is necessary to publish online, but it is not shared with the poem. A gallery highlights poems created by kids. A similar adult section is available with the use of different poetry kits. A detailed teachers’ section includes multiple ideas for classroom use submitted by educators. Challenge your students to create magnetic poetry. A Valid email address is required to publish the poems online. .(Information taken from Teachers First)



Word Search Generator
_exs_wordsearch.gifCreate your own custom word search worksheets! A variety of options are available including font size, font style, lowercase or uppercase letters, grid shape, word placement, and more.
Experiment with the settings below to find the best results for printing. You may also need to adjust your browser's page setup (change margins, header/footer, or switch to landscape/portrait mode), then go to 'Print Preview' before printing. These options are under your browser's File menu. Landscape mode works best for many puzzles. Also, set your margins to 0.5" or less.
Before you create your puzzle, you might also want to highlight your word list and press Ctrl+C to keep a copy of it on your computer's clipboard. That way, if you need to come back and change settings, you can paste the words into the blank by pressing Ctrl+V. Otherwise you'll have to re-type them. (These shortcut commands work on Windows systems.)
PLEASE NOTE: You should always proofread word searches like this before giving to students in case inappropriate words end up in the randomized letters.

Word Scramble

word_scramble.pngThis page allows you to create Word Scramble puzzles using your words.
Please enter a set of words. When you are done, hit the "Puzzle" button to generate a word search puzzle. Once the puzzle is displayed, you can use the "print" button on your browser to print the page on your printer.
The web page generated will remain on this server for about two months. If you want to ensure that you have a copy of the generated puzzle, make sure you save a copy.

When you generate your puzzle, you will have the opportunity to see an answer key as well as list the puzzle where others can see it until it evaporates from the server. Please keep the listed puzzles to a "G" type rating so that people of any age can enjoy them. Also, only list puzzles of general use. Classmate names are not interesting to anyone outside of the class, while a vocabulary test might well be interesting to the general public. http://www.armoredpenguin.com/wordscramble/

Word Search

WordsearchLogo06c.gifYou can use this page to create your own word search puzzle with your own list of words.
Please enter a set of words. When you are done, hit the "Make Puzzle" button to generate a word search puzzle. Once the puzzle is displayed, you can use the "Printable HTML" or "Printable PDF" buttons to get a clean page suitable for printing with your web browser.
The puzzle that is generated will remain on this server for about two months. If you want to ensure that you have a copy of the generated puzzle, make sure you save a copy.

Crossword Puzzle Maker


The Crossword puzzle maker is used to make simple crossword puzzles. It turns out that good crossword puzzles of the type found in newspapers are fairly hard to generate, and require a pool of lots of words, not all of which are used. This program puts all of the words you specify (no more, no less) into a simple crossword puzzle.
The puzzle that is generated will remain on this server for about two months. If you want to ensure that you have a copy of the generated puzzle, make sure you save a copy. The first part of this is for you to enter a list of words and clues. Once that part is done, hit the Make Puzzle button for a puzzle which incorporates your words. As the number of words you put in the puzzle, increases, the wait increases exponentially. http://www.armoredpenguin.com/crossword/

Word Morph

Play Word Morph by changing one letter in the starting word to form a new word. Repeat the process until you spell the ending word. This game is hard, but all puzzles can be solved in 10 moves or less. You are given 5 minutes and 1000 points at the start of each game. The scoring rules are:
  • 1 point is deducted for each second that passes.
  • 100 points are deducted each time answers are submitted but not correct.
  • 250 points are deducted for each hint.
Here's an example:



FOOTWords may be removed from the list by clicking "Remove Last Entry" without penalty.


Relax with a simple game of Scrabble

Eclipse Crossword Puzzles

EclipseCrossword is the fast, easy, free way to create crossword puzzles in minutes.

It's never been simpler—just give EclipseCrossword a list of words and clues, and it does the rest. In seconds, you'll have a crossword puzzle with just the words you want. EclipseCrossword has been downloaded more than two million times by people just like you.
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Who can use EclipseCrossword?

  • Teachers and parents: Use crosswords to review vocabulary and lessons for all subjects. Students may actually even enjoy doing the assignment! Crossword puzzles encourage logical thinking and correct spelling. Crosswords can be printed or uploaded to your website.
  • Webmasters: You can easily create interactive crossword puzzle web pages with EclipseCrossword—crossword puzzles are a great way to get people to stay on your site, and come back in the future. Your visitors can play the puzzle right on your website, or you can post a printable version so they can solve it at their leisure.
  • Newsletter editors: Nobody reads your newsletter? Try adding a crossword puzzle next time, and maybe people will look at it before throwing it away. EclipseCrossword lets you easily save files that can be used in your word processor or publishing software.

Armored Penguin

Create puzzles and other word games using this resource. Puzzle types include Word Search, Crossword, Word Scramble, Bagels (Interactive Logic Game,) and Math worksheets among others. There are also quotes, illusions, and more. Creating a log in is not required. Puzzles created remain for two months and can be saved as a pdf file on your computer. Many puzzles are already permanently archived and can be found by looking through the categories. Don’t miss many holiday and calendar-event puzzles! Search puzzles of the day to find new and interesting puzzles to use. Printable puzzle versions from this site require Adobe Reader. (Information copied from Teachers First.)


Discovery School Puzzle Maker

Discovery_logo.jpgWelcome to PuzzlemakerPuzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more—using your own word lists.


Instant Online Puzzle Maker

Make free word search or crossword puzzles online. When puzzle is completed copy and paste into word and print.

Word Slide

How many words can you make from a given set of letters? Wordslide lets your find out. This easy to use interactive provides you with a list of letters and a tower of blank squares for each of the word combinations. As you find a word it is added to the tower until finding all combinations. You can play alone as a visitor or there is an option to register to play against other users. Registration allows you to also keep your own scores and possibly be listed in the hall of fame. Registration only requires a username and password. No email address is necessary. Warning - registration also allows access to a chat forum about the game that isn't always monitored. (Information copied from Teachers First)


Bingo is a great way to liven up boring vocabulary or grammar practice that language teachers like myself have to drag our students through. Simply collect some images based on the target vocabulary/grammar, make them into bingo cards for your students, and then play bingo by reading out words/sentences which uniquely identify an image. The hardest part of the process is making a random/unique bingo card for each of your students, and that's what BingoCardMaker does for you.
BingoCardMaker automates the process of generating random bingo cards from a group of images. The cards it creates are highly customizable; you can change their size, title, colours, output format, and filenames -- all through a user-friendly interface.




Starfall.com opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.

In May of 2009, we released the **Starfall Kindergarten Reading and Language Arts Curriculum**. Our method of instruction motivates children in an atmosphere of imagination and enthusiasm, provides opportunities for child-directed instruction, and supports English language learners and struggling readers learning alongside their peers. Please visit The Starfall Store for other low-cost phonics journals and books paralleling this website.


Progressive Phonics

Progressive Phonics is an all-in-one reading program that is easy, fun, and totally FREE---that's right, totally and completely free!
And with Progressive Phonics, ANYONE can teach a child to read and write in just a few minutes a day, which makes it ideal for parents, teachers, tutors, volunteers and home-schoolers.
No experience necessary. Just pick a book and start reading it with your child/students.

Matching handwriting worksheets and activity sheets for each book -- when children write what they learn, they learn it better.

Also teaches the essential sight-words (phonics rule-breakers) that most phonics programs fail to teach.

Instant access -- download and use today. (Free registration required, but there are sample books you can look at before registering.)

Our books can be read on-screen or printed on your color printer. Each book takes 4--8 minutes to print and uses as little ink and paper as possible.

But don't judge a book by it's home page. Read one of our books with a child and see for yourself.

Teachers First- Reading In the Content Area

List of great web reading web sites compiled by one of the best teachers web sites; Teachers First.

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Resources to promote proven reading strategies of effective readers from Teachers First.


Literary Elements

Provides lessons, actiivties and book suggestions to cover the different literary elements of a story.


This site offers a variety of children's stories that children can listen to while they watch scenes or graphics corresponding to the story. Besides the stories, there are both listening and reading comprehension sections for each story. Both the audio and the text are available. As the story is being read, the words are highlighted on the page. Also available is the full screen option for the story. The reading comprehension questions use both aural and text format and also use an interesting illustration to capture the reader/listener's attention. Stories and all activities are also available in Spanish, Catalan, French, and other languages. There are some advertisements on the side. Select the full screen option to avoid them. (Information copied from Teachers First.)

Lit Tunes

At this site you will find lesson plans that connect grammar, literature, and music. Use music to teach students about sentence structure, plot elements, basic grammar, literary terms, and much more. You'll also find a database of hundreds of contemporary and classical literature titles connected to contemporary music. Click on "Connection" on the left to find music for every major work you will ever want to teach.(Information taken from Teachers First)


Story Bee

Would you like to hear a story? Then you’re in the right place! Welcome to the StoryBee, where you can listen to professional storytellers from across the country as they spin their wonderful tales. Just click on your age group, and you’ll find a list of story titles. Click on any title, and the story will play.
And it’s all free, thanks to the generous storytellers who want to share the spirit and joy of storytelling with you. So sit back, get comfortable, and get ready to go around the world, through time, inside the heart, and above the clouds.

Starfall- I'm Reading

Choose from a variety of different types of stories to read. Choices include: Three Little Plays, Fiction and Nonfiction, Comics, Folk Tales, Greek Myths and Chinese Fables. Once you choose your type of story category you can choose the story to read. Click on a word to have the word read to you.

Learning Today- Reading Games

Catch_a_Fish.jpgOur reading games and activities are research-based and designed to help build key reading skills in a fun and engaging way. Included are phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Give them a try and let us know what you think.

Sites to See in American Literature

American literature sites are devoted to the works, lives, influence, and culture of some of America's most important authors. Many of the sites include digital versions of authors' works and little known facts about their lives; sounds, images, and other interactive features; primary source documents, publishing histories, and more.
Included: Eighteen sites that are sure to spark your interest and that of your students.


Reading Strategies

This collection of reading strategies will make you feel like you just hit the jackpot for the best ways to teach reading strategies that are sometimes difficult to explain or for students to grasp and apply. This site is full of activities directly linked to printable guidelines and worksheets. Better yet, there are Power Point Presentations and Videos in ready-to-show formats all organized, described, and available from the home page. You will find a wide variety suitable from elementary to secondary, earmarked by grade levels, as well as ideas for how and when to use them effectively. Whether you are searching for a fresh approach to the tried and true, such as brainstorming or think aloud strategies, or for more innovative approaches, such as interactive notebooks or sociograms, you will be delighted with this discovery. (Information copied from Teachers First)

external image mascot.v1.pngRead Print

Free online books library
for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast.
Absolutely FREE online books. Thousands of novels, poems, stories. Easy to read books online. http://www.readprint.com/

Loud Lit

LoudLit.org is committed to delivering public domain literature paired with high quality audio performances. We pair together great literature and accompanying audio.
Putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word. Read and listen via your web browser or on your mp3 player. Regardless of how you enjoy the audio books, they are free.


Free audio stories for kids.
Every week we publish a new audio story read by Natasha whose lovely voice will charm and beguile you.
We draw on fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson. We seek out unusual stories from around the world. And we bring you our own original children's stories including Prince Bertie the Frog, The Ordinary Witch, and Theo the Monkey.


LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your own computer.

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.

Books Should Be Free

Your source for free audio books. Download one in mp3, iPod and iTunes format today.
Categories include adventure, children, comedy, fairy tales, fantasy, fiction, historical fiction, history, humor, literature, mystery, nonfiction, philosophy, poetry, romance, religion, science fiction, short stories, teen/youth. As you can see there is something for everyone.

Children's Books Forever

Free children's books that have become classics and children's favorites around the world. You can use them on SmartBoards, Power Points or overhead projectors.

Planet Book

Welcome to Planet eBook, the home of free classic literature. All our novels and books are entirely free for you to download and share with your friends, classmates, students, anyone! Scroll down the page to see the full list of free eBooks.

Resource List

Extensive list of links to book web sites. The "In the classroom" comments are very helpful.

Teachers First- 100 Best Books

Here is a list of one hundred books selected by the National Education Association as great reading for children and young people. To help make these books more useful, we have added book and author links to any TeachersFirst resources and lesson ideas. For more reading ideas - including books grouped by theme and grade leve

National Education Association 100 Best Books

The following list was compiled from an online survey in 2007. Parents and teachers will find it useful in selecting quality literature for children.

Into the Book


Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource for K-4 students and teachers. We focus on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing. Watch our engaging 15-minute videos and try the online interactive activities.

Behind the Lesson provides information and teaching resources for each strategy. Watch our 10-minute professional development videos and explore the Web site for lesson plans, video and audio clips, downloads, and more.

Teaching Library


Teaching Library is the place to discover free teaching ideas and lesson resources linked to children's books and literature.

Reading Rockets

Offers effective teaching strategies, activities, lessons, lesson plans, worksheets, exercises, skills, tests, assessments for reading comprehension. This web site is an outstanding resource for almost any kind of reading needs.

Free Reading

FreeReading is a high-quality, open-source, free reading intervention program addressing literacy development for grades K-3. Schools and teachers everywhere can use the complete, research-based 40-week program for K-1 students, or use the library of lessons to supplement existing curricula in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. The site is also filled with free, downloadable supplemental materials including flashcards, graphical organizers, illustrated readers, decodable texts, audio files, videos and more.
Launched in 2007, FreeReading is the first free, open source curriculum product approved for use through a state-wide adoption. Commencing in the 2008-2009 school year, teachers and districts within Florida are using FreeReading’s Intervention A program as an approved intervention tool – and redirecting their valuable curriculum dollars to other areas. In addition to participants in Florida, users of FreeReading will join the ranks of hundreds of thousands of teachers in more than 180 countries who are leveraging the power of FreeReading.

Leveled Books Database

Search thousands of books leveled for guided reading, Reading Recovery, and Accelerated Reader.

book_Adventure.gifBook Adventure

Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes. Book Adventure was created by and is maintained by Sylvan Learning.

Carnegie Library List of Great Books

Check out these great books for kids.

Summer Reading Ideas

Reading is a great way to make your own adventures. Our teacher-editors have found some great books that you'll enjoy reading, whether for school or recreation. We add new titles all the time, so check back here frequently.
Select a grade level to find our lists of books selected just for you.

Teen Reads

Author Interviews and reading lists of books we know that you'll love all are part of Teenreads.com along with contests, question of the month, cool new books, and book reviews.

What Should I Read Next?

Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our database of real readers' favorite books (over 65,000 and growing) to suggest what you could read next.


A great resource for a book study on Gary Paulsen's novel, Hatchet. Online quizzes, lesson plans, vocabulary, writing prompts and more make this site worth using. The online quizzes give students, and their teacher, instant feedback on comprehension. (Information taken from Teachers First.)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

witch-r-new.gifHarry Potter activities have returned! Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince presents more than just great reading fun. This section presents math, science, writing, art, and discussion activities for elementary and middle school students, all based on the most recent book in the Harry Potter series.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Potter can be more than just great reading fun. This section presents math, science, and writing activities for elementary and middle school students, all based on the most recent book in the Harry Potter series.



Interactive web site with everything you wanted to explore about Dr. Seuss.

RM.jpgRobert Munsch Web Site

Robert Munsch is one of my favorite children's author. This web site has down loadable audio files of Robert Munsch reading his own work.

Project Gutenburg

Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to
and archive
works, to "encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks." Founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart, it is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. As of March 2009[update], Project Gutenberg claimed over 28,000 items in its collection. (Information taken from Wikipedia)

Spark Notes

Study guides and discussion forums offered on various academic subjects. Literature section includes brief analysis of characters, plot overview, themes motifs and symbols, and summary and analysis.


Make a love connection with novels, plays, & short stories. Dive into deep analysis of characters, quotes, summaries, themes, symbols, fun facts.

Shmoop provides students (and teachers) with so much more than summaries and character lists. This is a great site with a unique voice. Written by Ph.D. and Masters students at top universities (such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.), the book resources include such things as Booker's 7 plot analyses, "What's Up with the Title?" and directed links to pictures, movies, and other material on the web(some for a fee). They have a very good page on plagiarism, and this is a growing site. There are also History and Poetry sections to this site.

While actually signing up (which is free) gives you the ability to "clip" files and keep them in a folder, you can access the majority of the information without signing up. Be aware this site is still in Beta. The content is frequently updated, so be sure to check back!
(Information copied from Teachers First)

Encyclopedia Mythica

mythica.gifPlease enter the award-winning internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. Here you will find everything from A-gskw to Zveda Vechanyaya, with plenty in between.
The mythology section is divided to six geographical regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania. Each region has many clearly defined subdivisions that will ease your search.
The Folklore section contains general folklore, Arthurian legends, and fascinating folktales from many lands.
In addition, we feature special interest areas to enhance and refine your research. A Bestiary, legendary heroes, an image gallery, and genealogical tables of various pantheons and prominent houses.
To bring our entities to life, we have created an image gallery, where you will find hundreds of images of all kinds of deities, heroes, and strange creatures of every description.
The encyclopedia will serve the serious researcher, the student, and the casual reader with equal success. Come in and enjoy!

Greek Mythology

Great resource for information about Greek mythology. Includes essays, people. places and things, the immortals, searches and links.



Spelling City

Your students will clamor to learn their spelling words (or capitals, states, or other lists), when you introduce them to this site. With the atmosphere of city-life, students or teachers generate their own list of words (or use the pre-saved ones at the site). What a great way to differentiate and have student individualize their lists! From there, students have the options of Test Me, Teach Me, or Play a Game . For the "test," each word is read aloud in isolation and in a sentence. Students type the spelling word, and then the site ‘grades’ it. Students will love the applause and will not feel intimidated by the tutorial for their incorrect words. For further practice, interactive games extend the spelling fun
. Parents use this to practice spelling words at home. (Information copied from Teachers First)

Interactive Spelling Bee

This set of activities is like an old-fashioned Spelling Bee.

Contestants -- that's you! -- in grades 1-8 will listen to three stories, one at a time, and then spell words from each story. Students in high school will listen to separate sentences and then spell the words from each sentence.

If you get stumped, you can click to hear a word again, as many times as you need to. If you're in grade three or higher, you can ask for a definition too. Since words often make more sense when they are attached to an idea, all the words in the story or sentences are in context.

Review the words, hear the audio, and SPELL the missing words. Make sure to check your SPELLING carefully, since your results will be calculated at the end.

Spell Bee

SpellBEE is a new kind of spelling activity. Each time you play, you will be able to choose a partner and play a word game with them. It's fun! You can even call up a friend and play Spellbee with them!

Kids Spell

Practice Spelling Words
Practice Spelling Words
The Absolutely Free And Totally Fun Way To Improve Your Spelling. KidsSpell helps to dramatically improve your students ability to learn and retain spelling words.
You can select from one of our spelling lists, or create your own. Custom spelling lists can be saved, and linked to from a classroom website. Once you have selected a list, play one of our many free spelling games listed to the right. These spelling games have been designed to improve spelling abilities in a fun way, that your student's will love.

Tutpup Spelling

Great spelling site for the younger children. You can pick from several levels such as easy peasy and likity split. A list of the words is available before you choose your level. You compete against an unseen competitor. Words are spoken and you type in the correct spelling. This site is created in England so listen carefully to the words.


Welcome to Dunk-A-Duck Hangman. You can play the current word list or select a different topic if you wish from the list to the left of the game. We will be adding new word lists regularly so please be sure to check back often for even more hangman fun. One feature that makes our hangman game so unique is that if you register for a free account, you can create your own word lists so your friends can play our hangman game using words you have entered. Teachers or parents you can create a list from the current spelling list. What a fun way to practice spelling words.

AAA Spell

Enter Your Spelling List in the box. Separate each word by a comma and do not put any spaces in the list.
The word list should contain at least five words. Choose whether you want to learn or practice. Each version offers several different ways to learn the spelling words such as 1 missing letter, guess, scrabbled letters and trade letters.

Word Mix

Enter any word up to 10 letters, and this site will scramble it for you into an interactive, draggable activity. You can click and drag the tiles to the appropriate place to spell the word. Once the tiles are in place, simply type the word in the text box and click "check.

This site is great for use on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Use it in your science, social studies, or language arts class. As students enter class, have a "word mix" projected related to one of the topics of the day. Have students try to figure it out during those first few minutes of class while everyone is getting organized. Enter vocabulary from your science or social studies curriculum. Use to review spelling words or work on phonics and consonant clusters. Have five or ten minutes to fill? Have students come up with a curriculum related word. They can click hide typing and type it for the class to figure out. This is also a fun way to conduct a review. Primary reading teachers can use it for a sight word "center" on classrooms computers or interactive whiteboard. (Information taken from Teachers First)



There are many different flash card web sites that are perfect for practicing vocabulary words. Please go to the Practice Cards and Games link in the wiki to find one that will work for you.

Word Pop- Foldables

How do teachers use it?
Teachers use foldables to enhance the study of words in their classroom. After learners have been introduced to a concept, the teacher facilitates the construction and application of this three-dimensional organizer. As with all strategies, the creation process must be modeled.
How do learners Use it?
Learners use foldables to create tangible containers for their new words in a useable and hands-on format. Of course, the strategy does not end with the construction. The foldable must be used in some format to show application. Learners created the Matchbook by laying multiple sheets on top of one another at staggered lengths and folding over. This strategy enables what appears to be a single sheet of paper to contain layers of information about words. Learners can organize words into different parts or even write details information on a specific word

Vocab Ahead

Vocab Ahead Study Room provides a distraction free environment with
over 1000 difficult words

explained using Vocabulary Videos and Flash Cards. More vocab videos continuously added. Join us, it's FREE!

I have not personally used this but their is a section for Vocab Ahead for Teachers:

1. Create Your Personalized Lists
You can create your personalized lists with words of your choice, meeting the academic level of your students. Here is how!

2. Share Your Lists with Your Students
Here is how you can share your personalized word lists with your students and other users.

3. Embed a Customized Widget in Your Blog or Webpage
You can create a customized widget for your blog or classroom webpage. To learn more Click here.

4. Engage Your Students in the Vocabulary Building Process
You can make vocabulary building fun by assigning vocabulary video projects to your students and uploading their work to our website. Learn More!

Vocab Grabber

The Visual Thesaurus VocabGrabber is a captivating interactive resource which can be used from elementary school to the college level for improving vocabulary in the context of your selected content. The on line VocabGrabber tool quickly extracts vocabulary from a text within seconds to help teachers and students generate a list of the key vocabulary and see how those words are used in context. Additionally, by clicking on a word, the part of speech is revealed and students can listen to the correct pronunciation. The format is easy to use: simply copy text from any document or online source, (such as passages of literature found on the Gutenberg Project free website), paste the copied text into the box, and click the Grab Vocabulary button! In just seconds, an interactive concept map of vocabulary words and phrases appears. Can’t find an online version of the text? No worries...type the text directly into the text box and voila! The words are "grabbed" or organized in comparison to the frequency of these words in standard written English. VocabGrabber can be used with any type of text: a newspaper article, a book chapter, a speech, or a historical document.

There are additional features if you choose to subscribe, particularly the Visual Thesaurus interactive word maps, which can be saved and printed, and an online edition in multiple languages for English-speaking students learning other languages and ESL/ELL students.

Caution! Before purchasing a subscription, see if the free portion of the website satisfies your needs or take advantage of the 14-day risk-free trial to see all the features in action. When a school subscription is purchased, student workbooks and Teachers' Guide with lesson plans are included.
(Information taken from Teachers First)

My Vocabulary

Are you looking for some new tricks and tools to entice your students to learn and practice root words, vocabulary, and spelling? The main links at this site include Root Word Lesson Plans, Thematic Puzzles, Word Lists, Test Prep/Assessment, and Daily Root Puzzles.

The Root Word Lesson Plans offer three difficulty levels, a prefix study, interactive puzzles focused on Greek and Latin roots. There are fill in the blanks, crosswords, true-false, word finds, and more.

The Word Lists are extensive and include nearly every topic one can imagine: Shakespeare, Legal Terms, Stock Market, ESL, Photography, Dance, Patriotism, Debate, Women in History, Psychology, Mythology, Kwanzaa, and MANY other topics.

The Thematic Puzzles include printable pages, interactive definition match games, and over fifty topics.

If you have students preparing for the SATs or ACTs, don't miss the Test Prep section with over 200 vocabulary words. (Information taken from Teachers First)


Got Brainy

Fun way to practice vocab words. Upload a pictures and have students use vocab words in a sentence to see who can come up with the cleverest caption. You could use this as a homework assignement or come down to the tech lab during English class time.

Save the Words

If you love the study of words, and the use of etymology, this is a site for you and your students. Appealing to the eye is a wall of graffiti consisting of individual words; clicking on one will give you a window with the word, its meaning, and a sentence using it. You can "adopt" the word, which means you promise to use the word in conversation and correspondence "to the best of (your) ability." Also available is "adopt-a-word," "spread-the-word," "Word-a-day,""F.A.Q.s," and shopping to buy a shirt with any word you choose on it. You must be a registered user to “adopt a word,” but viewing the words and definitions does not require any registration. This site requires Flash
. (Information taken from Teachers First)

Only Connect

This fast paced, highly interactive activity will keep students interested while developing vocabulary and thinking skills. Sixteen words are presented on a board, the goal is to sort them into four groups of four related words in three minutes and then name the word that connects all of them together. Patience and thinking outside the box are needed to be successful. There is no need to register to play for fun, and there are choices of many walls. Tournament play is also included; however, registration is required. Only Connect walls can be created for any subject or topic discussed in the classroom. (Information taken from Teachers First).

Kno Word

This site provides a good way to practice vocabulary words. Knoword is a vocabulary game that requires you to think quickly on your feet. You will be given one randomly generated dictionary definition along with the first letter of its corresponding word. The object of the game is to fill in the rest of the word. The faster you guess the word the more points and time you'll receive. Don't know the word? Just hit the skip button and a new definition will appear. You can create an account if you want to save your scores. Creating an account does require an email address. Note that you can change which English spellings used (U.S. or Canada/Britain) by clicking the small flag at top right. The speed and variety of words builds general verbal accuity and flexible thinking along with specific vocabulary.

In the Classroom:
Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Put this on classroom computers or on a whiteboard at the side of the classroom for students to use as a center. This game would be great for students preparing to take SATs. Another activity is to have a team competition. Divide your class into three or four groups and give each group a laptop. Have them work together to see how many words they can type. Before you begin be sure that you change the language to English US because it defaults to English Canada/Britain. Have a team tournament for high scores throughout the year. Gifted students -- even very young ones-- will love this challenge. (Information taken from Teachers First)

Vocabulary Games and Resources

Vocabulary Building Games
The Fun Way to Build Vocabulary Skills!
Test Preparation & Vocabulary Building Made Fun by Vocabulary.co.il!
Analogy Games

Antonym Games

Compound Word Games

Context Games

Contraction Games

English Language Games

Foreign Language Games

Hig Pig Games

Homophone Games

Idioms Games

Oxymoron Games

Parts of Speech Games

Prefix Games

Root Word Games

Spelling Games

Suffix Games

Syllable Games

Synonym Games

Word Play Games





Toon Doo

Create your own one to three panel comic strips or --even better- have your students create them using this simple online tool. The libraries include many cartoon figures, voice bubbles, and more. You can also upload your own photos using the Imaginr(or pieces from them) and create your own characters using the Traitr. For a longer story, make a TOONBOOK instead of a single TOONDOO strip. See a sample made by our techno-savvy editors in just a few minutes. The "published" products can be shared online with the world, shared with a limited audience (probably the safest for students), or kept completely private (visible only to you when logged in). (Information taken from Teachers First)

Make Beliefs Comix

Create your own comic strip, it is easy and it is fun. Choose the number of panels, the characters and their emotions. Add thought and speech bubbles and you have your very own comic.

Bit Strips Comic Builder

Choose the number of panels, the layout add a background, some characters and you are on your way to creating an online comic. Comics are a great way to motivate children to write. Try requiring them to use this week's vocabulary words in their comic strip. Teach setting and character development. Use comics to teach sequence. The possibilities are endless.

Comic Creator

Your students will create professional-looking comics in minutes using this Comic Creator site. No log-in is required. Just type in the prompted information, such as the name of comic character, author, caption, and of course, the dialog that goes into the speech bubble. The ‘creator’ chooses the number of panels, type of characters, style of speech bubble, and various props. Two actions are needed: clicking and dragging the items to go into the comic strip, and typing dialog into the bubbles. Then, presto….a genuine comic appears, ready for printing. The tool DOES support accent marks pasted from Word. (Unfortunately, there is no way to save your comic masterpieces.) This site requires Flash. (Information taken from Teachers First)

Super Hero Squad

If there’s any company that knows what it takes to build great comics, Marvel Characters does. So it’s no surprise that its DIY comic site is pretty awesome, considering its simplicity.
Features that make it awesome include choices for different styles of panels (not into boxes? try zig zags), the set-up for creating up to a 22-page comic book, and the Photoshop-esque tool dock that moves around the page. Your character choices include the stars of the Super Hero Squad Show, including The Hulk, Falcon, and Wolverine.
The site does have some rough patches. If you’re hoping to create an original-looking comic strip, you’re out of luck, because you are limited to Marvel characters. There are a measly five options for objects, and you can’t change the background. With no option to save your work on the site, it’s also unlikely you’ll be completing a full 22-page comic book in one sitting. (Information taken from mashable.com)


This is the comic strip creation website for artists. The site allows for as much customization as possible without the need to build from scratch. Instead of just choosing the color of a character’s shirt, for instance, there are options to adjust the collar, shape, sleeves and size of the shirt. Instead of relying on preset poses and emotions for each character, users are able to click and drag character limbs into new postures and can customize eyes, ears, noses and hairstyles. It’s also convenient to add images from Flickr (
or Google (
images. (Information taken from mashable.com)

Professor Garfield Comics

Garfield's Comic Creator is a simple site that helps students create their own comic strips using Garfield characters. Students can choose between talking bubbles and thinking bubbles as well as adding various backgrounds and accessories. Click on the ?-Box to learn more about how to use this program. This website requires Flash. (Information taken from Teachers First)

Super Action Comic Maker

It's a bird, it's a plane it's your super action comic strip. Choose backgrounds, characters, text and the action begins.

Digital Books

story.jpgStory Jumper

StoryJumper is a place to create and discover stories for kids.
Simple Not sure how to start? Our StoryStarter makes telling stories easy. We'll help you write a story in just 7 steps.
Fast Use our art or your own drawings & photos to illustrate your story.
Fun Show the world that you're an author. Share stories online for free and order beautiful hardback books starting at only $24.95

Book Builder

Welcome to Book Builder! Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.


What is Storybird?
Storybird is a service that uses collaborative storytelling to connect kids and families. Two (or more) people create a Storybird in a round robin fashion by writing their own text and inserting pictures. They then have the option of sharing their Storybird privately or publicly on the network. The final product can be printed (soon), watched on screen, played with like a toy, or shared through a worldwide library.
Storybird is also a simple publishing platform for writers and artists that allows them to experiment, publish their stories, and connect with their fans.

Mix Book

Looking for a way to get your students more engaged? Mixbook is proud to present Mixbook for Educators, a program that allows educators even easier access to the most powerful suite of digital storytelling tools on the web. Check out the stories below to hear how Mixbook can help YOU.
Mixbook Education Program Offers...
  • Free Collaborative Classroom Tools for creating and sharing personalized Mixbook photo books
  • Secure online environment for students and teachers to share and edit privately
  • Education Discounts on printed products - 10-30% off printed Mixbooks for your classroom
Here is a link to Chris' Century Blog. He gives a great example of how to use Mix Book and gives details on how they created the project. Is is so helpful so see an actual student made project.

Story Maker


Can a lion share a cupcake with an astronaut?

What happens when a pirate meets a fox in the woods? You have the power to decide -- meeting new characters, going on great adventures and creating your very own story along the way.

My StoryMaker lets you control characters and objects - and creates sentences for you! Once you are done with your story, you can print it out. You cannot go back and edit a story once you have ended it but, if you click "yes" when asked to share it with others, you can print it out again by entering the magic number it gives you in the box on the right. Since lack of space forces us to delete story files older than 1 month, please save the .pdf file that prints to your own computer.


ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books. Using ZooBurst, storytellers of any age can create their own rich worlds in which their stories can come to life.

ZooBurst books “live” online and can be experienced using nothing more than a web browser running the Adobe Flash plug-in. Authors can arrange characters and props within a 3D world that can be customized using uploaded artwork or items found in a built-in database of over 10,000 free images and materials.
Once constructed, books can be inspected from any angle from within a 3D space, and rotating around a book is as easy as dragging and dropping a mouse. In addition, authors can choose to make items "clickable," allowing readers to learn more about individual characters within a story. Each character can have its own “chat bubble” that pops up when that character is clicked. In addition, authors can also record their own voices using the ZooBurst audio recorder to have their characters really “speak” when clicked!
Readers can choose to experience and participate in a ZooBurst book in a number of ways. Authors can share books with readers using a simple hyperlink, and books can easily be “embedded” in any website or blog, allowing authors to provide their own contextual framework to their stories. Authors can also maintain a moderated discussion forum for each book, providing a virtual space in which readers can interact with one another.



Make books your way! Share with the world.

  • Free to Make & Publish books
  • Bookstore Quality Books, Buy One or Many
  • No Software, Easy Book Builder, 100% Online


Evaluation Station

Welcome to Houghton Mifflin’s Evaluation Station – an interactive specific, motivating means for students to proofread and revise their written work before submitting it. Here is how it works: students view their written drafts of essays, stories, narratives, research reports, and other assignments while simultaneously clicking on and answering a series of questions. For example: Did you connect your ideas with transition words or phrases? When students are not sure of the answer to any of the questions, they click the “I’m Not Sure” button which guides them through with suggestions and examples. For a new way to motivate revision, try this site. 12340
In the Classroom:
How many times have you provided students with directions for writing an outstanding essay, story, or report, and how many times have you provided them with advice to use a writing process approach that includes a checklist for proofreading and revising? Too often they either do not know how to revise, or they simply choose to skip that step. Project this website on your interactive whiteboard or projector to focus on how to write an outstanding piece, whether it is to compare/contrast, to describe, to explain, or another type of written assignment. Have student partners ask each other the questions as they revise together in a writing conference. This site is especially useful when preparing for the writing portion of high stakes assessments. You will find this site helpful before, during, after, or as a review of the writing expectations. Share the link on your class web page for students to apply the revising tips to their own drafts. They’ll have no more excuses for handing in an assignment that doesn’t have a strong introduction, body paragraphs with specific supporting evidence, and a conclusion that restates the main idea and leaves the reader with something meaningful. (Information taken from Teachers First)


Historic Tale Construction Kit

This online "Kit" allows students to create stories with Medieval graphics a la Bayeux Tapestries and antique-style text. Students drag the selected picture onto the screen and click on text to begin writing the story. They can change the graphic to its mirror image easily. Options include deleting the page or going on to a new page in the story. Students can save, e-mail, and view other historical tales already created. Although the graphics include plenty of men, animals, and buildings, there do not seem to be many females available! Given the historic source of the graphics, this alone could spark an interesting discussion about the Bayeux Tapestries and the times when they were produced. (Information copied from Teachers First)


Polish My Writing- After the Deadline

Once you have created your document copy and paste it into the text box on the Polish My Writing website. The site will analyze your writing and make suggestions on spelling, grammar and style. Just as in Word spelling will be underlined in red, grammar in green and style in blue. Click on any word underlined to get correction ideas.

Paper Rater

This web site offers a good basic grammar and spellchecker. A different section proofreads your paper and offers suggestions on ways to improve your writing. Even better it will tell the writer if any part of their work is plagiarized. Many students at the middle school level are still learning that work must truly be their own. Just changing a few words here is plagiarism.

Recipes to Good Writing


Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could teach students how to be good writers by simply following a recipe? While I certainly do not profess that writing is as easy as following a recipe, I do hope the writing resources I have developed and found will help you and your students. As you explore the various writing recipe pages included on this site, please feel free to print out and use the worksheets, recipe cards, and checklists I have developed. Look for the measuring spoons as you explore:
  • A red measuring spoon will link you to an online tool or generator.
  • A green measuring spoon will link you to a site/worksheet you can download.
  • A beige spoon will link you to an article or lesson.
Take time to explore the Additional Resources link as well. I have included numerous additional links and resources that will help you and your students cook up some great writing activities.


Elements of Language: Model Bank

The Elements of Language Model Bank is the ideal teaching companion for any type of written expression. Whether you are teaching how to write a news article, a descriptive essay, a cause and effect piece, a short story, or just about any type of writing, including research reports, these online, interactive examples are perfect for students to see exactly what an outstanding assignment should look like. There is a link for a printable Writer’s Guide at the top of each model that explains exactly what to do and how to do it, with directions and illustrated explanations. Teachers and students will find the framework and information super easy to follow, attractive, and a real "life saver." (Information taken from Teachers First)

Kids on the Net

Great source for many different types of writing. Site includes poems and stories to read, tips on how to write, activities and games. Also check out the different features, links and even a teacher section.

Teaching that Makes Sense

Great PDF downloads with ideas to prompt student writing. Eight great writing strategies that work.

Scholastic- Writing Workshop

Before You Start, Practice!Learn how to use transitional words and learn how to use supporting examples. Knowing about these skills will help you with your persuasive essay.

Writing Fix

Here in Northern Nevada, our local writing project (the **NNWP**) sponsors an amazing amount of high-quality teacher workshops, on-site seminars, and annual inservice classes. They also sponsor this WritingFix website, which launched back in 2001 as an online place for the NNWP's workshop presenters to post their classes' demonstration lessons and resources.
If you navigate this website's menu bar (at left, in the light blue area), you will quickly discover pages dedicated to our local inservice classes and their instructors, as well as hundreds of complete writing lessons developed during these local workshops, and thousands of student samples submitted by teachers all over the world who--even though they're not from Northern Nevada--used our posted materials to inspire their students to write.

Story Writing Tips

How do you go from a having great idea to writing a story that people will love to read? Character and conflict, plot and dialogue, setting and scenes, write and revise ... It's easier than you think if you understand the elements of a story.
Hi! I'm Stefi, and everybody calls me "the class writer." I'll show you about these elements and how you bring them together in a real story. I'll even share with you a planning worksheet that helps you organize story plans.

Elements of a Story

“A good story is like tasty soup.” This website shares the secrets of creating a good story. They use the motivating story of Cinderella to share the elements of a good story: Setting, Characters, Sequence, Exposition, Conflict, Climax, and Resolution . After reading the story and learning about the important elements, students are challenged to create a story of their own. This website requires FLASH. (Information taken from Teachers First)

Fractured Fairy Tales

What is a fractured fairy tale? It is a story that uses fairy tales that you know and changes the characters, settings, points of view or plot. Try your hand at writing your own fractured fairy tale. The sites asks you a series of questions on how you want to change the fairy tale. You must still write the story with your changes, it not automatically done for you.

You Can Teach Writing

Here you will find writing advice for different genres, prompts, advice for teaching thesis statements and so much more; all presented with humor and a very strong voice. Are you a new teacher? Is your school pushing "writing across the curriculum"? Are you an English or writing teacher who just wants verification and some new ideas or prompts? If you answered yes to any of these you must visit Linda Aragoni's You Can Teach Writing site! Linda is a teacher, editor, and professional writer whose writing site started out as a book. Linda puts out a monthly newsletter with all sorts ideas you can use in the classroom. The last one had a link for a slide show about how new words are made and suggestions for how to use the slide show in the classroom. (Information taken from Teachers First)

Pic Lits

PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.


Choose from Effective writing, academic writing, writing sentences, essay writing, report writing, reading, note taking and critical thinking. Each section is broken down into sub sections. Great way to teaching writing skills.


Ever wonder how often you have used a certain word in your writing? Wordle is a beautiful graphic demonstration. Makes a great cover for writing projects too.

47 Interesting Ways to Use Wordle in the Classroom

Slide show with a variety of ideas. Try some.

Word Sift

Similar to Wordle but not as colorful. This site has one benefit, when you click on a word in your word sift it will show the word in a visual dictionary.

The ABC's of the Writing Process

By clicking on any one of the five steps, prewriting, writing, revising, editing or publishing, you will be taken into a world of ideas to help you along your way.

Lightning Bug

Your writing partner helps you write a story from beginning to end. Find a story idea, develop a story idea, finish a story. This site includes a great teacher section.

Make Your Own Newspaper

You can create your own newspaper article with the Newspaper Clipping Generator.
Think about how you can use this with your students:
  • You can use this as a way to motivate or engage your students about a new project or assignment.
  • Have your students create a clipping for a writing assignment.
  • Have students create a clipping as part of their history assignment from the time period they are studying.


Lots of different kind of foldable books to make. What a great way to make writing interesting for a young child.

Writing Fun

Writing Fun explains the types of text commonly written in schools with printable organizers and examples showing text structures, grammatical features and publishing ideas.Writing texts covered include reports, procedures, explanations, expositions (persuasion, point of view), discussions, narratives, recounts, descriptions, responses (inc. reviews) , poetry, letters, invitations, news items and emails.


Ideas for Imagining Writing

Slide presentation that not only includes ideas but also videos and links.

Writing Topics/Prompts

Topics for Writing

The following Topics for Writing are just a small sample from the game, Roll Play,

One Word

sim­ple. you’ll see one word at the top of the fol­low­ing screen.
you have sixty sec­onds to write about it.
click ‘go’ and the page will load with the cur­sor in place.
don’t think. just write.

Teacher's Desk Paragraph a Week

Paragraph a Week is a yearly writing program designed to give your fifth- and sixth-graders practice with writing various types of paragraphs. In addition it reinforces good study habits and preparation of long-term assignments. Moreover, it involves parents in their child's Language Arts curriculum.

Scholastic Story Starter

First generate a creative story starter. Next pick a format, notebook, letter, newspaper, or postcard. print your story for a surprise.

150 Amazing Images to Help Students Write and Think More Creatively

Information from Kevin Cummins.the author of this site:
I have compiled these amazing images over a number of years and use them quite frequently with my own students and thought I would upload them to www.edgalaxy.com for all to share. These images are great to use with students for creative writing as they contain humorous and action packed scenes from around the globe. I hope you enjoy them and would love you email me any great pictures you have to add to it.


Need some new writing ideas? Use some of these writing prompts to get students thinking and writing.

Prompted to Write

Even if you love writing, getting the creative engine chugging along can be difficult. This Web site (www.promptedtowrite.com) offers writing prompts to help writers get started. Post your response in the comments or add it to your blog. Responses are supposed to be around 100 words, but who knows what it might inspire. (Information taken from SmartComputing).

Every Day Edits

every_day_edit.jpgClick on the month below for Every-Day Edit activities most appropriate for that month. If you run out of daily activities during any month, click the Xtra Edits link. Use Every-Day Edits to build language skills, test scores, cultural literacy with students in grades 4 and above. Be sure to see our tips for using Every-Day Edits in your classroom. Note: If you teach the primary grades, you will want to use our Animals A to Z activity. This is a weekly -- instead of daily -- activity.

The WriteSource- Writing Topics

The best way to get into writing is simply to write . . .
and write . . . and write . . . freely. This practice helps you develop a feel for writing. To get started, you’ll need a topic to write about. Below, you will find lists of ideas to serve as starting points for personal or journal writing. Broken down in grade level.

Creative Writing Prompts

Use the creative writing prompts and creative writing ideas to create stories, poems and other creative pieces from your imagination. Point your cursor to any number, read the prompt and then write your story!

Paragraph a Week

Paragraph a Week is a yearly writing program designed to give your fifth- and sixth-graders practice with writing various types of paragraphs. In addition it reinforces good study habits and preparation of long-term assignments. Moreover, it involves parents in their child's Language Arts curriculum.

Scholastic: Story Starters

Story Starters is an interactive site that makes story writing fun. First generate a story starter, pick a format (notebook, letter, newspaper, postcard) then print your story for a surprise.


Biography Maker

The Biography Maker is like those homework machines we have been hearing about for many years. It is designed to help you convert facts into insights, dull and boring information into fascination and magic. It will help you do a good job, but you must provide some of the "steam" to make it work well.
The Biography Maker is meant to inspire lively story telling and vivid writing which will make your readers want to know more about your subject.

Essay Map

You can use this tool to map out your informational essay. Enter your name and topic for your essay, click OK to get started.

Language is a Virus

The best part about this site are the creative writing games.
Character Name Generator

Cut Up Machine

Poetry Generator

Poetry Bot

Madlib Poem

Electronic Poetry

Text Collage


Poem Engine


Random Line Generator


Writing Prompts

Sentence Builder/Phrase Generator

Graffiti Wall

Lyrics Great text to use for the cut up machines!

Cliche a Day

Clichés: Overused phrases once discarded as tired and trite – rewrite or recast them and their essence becomes useful again. I show you how in this cliché-a-day format.

Letter Generator

Welcome to the Letter Generator. Here you can learn the parts of a letter and how to write your own letter.

Research Organizer

ThinkTank is designed to help students develop a Research Organizer (a list of topics and subtopics) for reports and projects. Based on the subject assigned, the students can refine it by choosing from a variety of suggestions and by using a random subtopic generator. This helps students learn how to refine a subject so that it is more manageable for Internet research.

ThinkTank can be used alone or with another ALTEC product, NoteStar. Once students have developed their topics, they may export their topics to NoteStar. The only requirement is that their instructor has already set up NoteStar Accounts for them.


Rhymes.net is a simple search engine to help you find rhymes. Type your word in the search box and find your rhyme or use the use the alphabetical listing. Results are presented by the number of syllables. You can also get a translation for your word as well as clip art that matches.


Rhymer offers six types of rhymes:

  1. End Rhymes (blue/shoe)
    Words with ending rhyme have the same final vowel sound and following consonant sound(s). For example, if you enter the word laughter under this option, Rhymer retrieves a list of words with the ending sound er(e.g., admirer, doctor, pleasure, scholar, watercolor, and were). Other examples of ending rhyme include:
    • hat/cat
    • plate/eight
    • marigold/buttonholed
    This option lets you easily find exact rhymes (words in which the final vowel and consonant sounds are the same) and masculine rhymes (rhyming words with a stressed final syllable).

  2. Last Syllable Rhymes (timber/harbor)
    Words with last syllable rhyme have the same sounds following the last syllable boundary (commonly a consonant, a vowel, and another consonant). For example, if you enter the word explain using this option, Rhymer retrieves a list of words with the last syllable sound plain(e.g., aquaplane, biplane, plane, and plain). Other examples of last syllable rhyme include:
    • humanity/zesty
    • threw/breakthrough
    • pleat/complete
    This option lets you find masculine rhymes and all other words with final syllables (stressed or unstressed) that rhyme with the word you entered.

  3. Double Rhymes (conviction/prediction)
    Words with double rhyme have the same vowel sound in the second-to-last syllable and all following sounds. For example, if you enter the word soaring using this option, Rhymer retrieves a list of words with the sound oring(e.g., adoring, exploring, pouring, scoring, touring, and restoring). Other examples of double rhyme include:
    • walking/talking
    • humming/coming
    • navigator/waiter
    This option lets you find feminine rhymes (rhyming words with an unstressed final syllable). Words entered using this option must have at least two syllables.

  4. Triple Rhymes (frightening/brightening)
    Words with triple rhyme have the same vowel sound in the third- to-last syllable and all following sounds. For example, if you enter the word combination using this option, Rhymer retrieves a list of words with the sound anation(e.g., explanation, coronation, destination, and imagination). Other examples of triple rhyme include:
    • antelope/cantaloupe
    • greenery/scenery
    • mightily/vitally
    Words entered using this option must have at least three syllables.
    Note: Triple Rhymes are only offered in our deluxe rhyming dictionary.

  5. Beginning Rhymes (physics/fizzle)
    Words with beginning rhyme have the same initial consonant sound(s) and the same first vowel sound. For example, if you enter the word plantation using this option, Rhymer retrieves a list of words with the sound pla(e.g., plan, plaque, plaster, and plateau). Other examples of beginning rhyme include:
    • scenery/cedar
    • cat/kangaroo
    • table/tailor
    This option lets you find words with initial alliteration (the repetition of initial consonant sounds), initial assonance (the repetition of initial vowel sounds), and front rhyme (the succession of beginning sounds of words).

  6. First Syllable Rhymes (carrot/caring)
    Words with first syllable rhyme have the same sounds preceding the first syllable break. For example, if you enter the word explanation using this option, Rhymer retrieves a list of words with the sound ex(e.g., excavate, exhale, expert, and extra). Other examples of first syllable rhyme include:
    • pantaloons/pantomimes
    • highlight/hydrant
    • tulip/twosome

Wisdom Quote

to the Wisdom Quotes site! I've put some of my favorite quotes here, and I try to update with new quotations often. I try to be selective in picking quotes, including only those quotes that I find challenging or inspiring or interesting.
Explore quotes by topic, the author index, or check out the newest quotes.

The Quote Garden

Quotes broken into a large number of subjects. Be cautious because there are quite a few ads on the page.

brainy_quotes.jpgBrainy Quote

You can search for quotes by topic, quote of the day, Quote keywords, author types, quotation trivia and of course alphabetically.

World of Inspiration




A collection of famous proverbs from everywhere. Search by subject, author or proverb.

I Write Like

Check which famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers.
Any text in English will do: your latest blog post, journal entry, comment, chapter of your unfinished book, etc. For reliable results paste at least a few paragraph

Verse It

Ever at a loss for words when you make a card? Use verse it for inspiration.