Archive for April, 2008

Snug as a Bug in a Rug!

Last week I visited the office of WordWorld. WordWorld is an animated show on PBS where the main characters (WordFriends) are both animals and words. For example, one of the characters is a duck, Duck not only looks like a duck, but his body spells duck as well. As you might imagine with a title like WordWorld, the show aims to foster a love of words and reading in budding readers.

I am a fan of WordWorld cartoons and toys, so as one would expect, it was a thrill to learn how their animations and scripts are produced!

Anyway, during my visit, I discovered a new Word World initiative–their online e-books. Imagine a pop-up book in an online format with lots of WordFriends! How fun?! Check out this month’s e-book here. (Note: Make sure your computer volume is on when you view the e-book!) In addition, WordWorld has a number of word games for children posted on their site. This is a good site to pass along to budding readers and their parents this summer!

Happy Word Reading!


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Reading is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. Among the many great things you can find on the website, I think the Resources for Educators are particularly useful. There, teachers can find Lesson Plans, Web Resources, Activities, and Workshops. Make sure to stop by Reading Planet to play a few online games, and don’t forget to enter the Read with Kids Challenge for a chance to enter a trip to Disney World. – Melissa

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Super Teacher Worksheets

As much as I would love to be creative and take the time to personally create every thing that I do in my classroom, every teacher knows that is simply not possible. Enter…Super Teacher Worksheets. This fun website has tons of FREE printable sheets for every subject. There are even report card comments, graphic organizers, spelling lists, puzzles, wrting prompts, handwriting practice… the list goes on. This site is not to be missed! Don’t forget to enter the April Contest. Tell about your classroom management system and win a free Slime Science Kit. -Melissa

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I recently discovered Teacher-to-Teacher. The Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative was created by and for America‘s teachers in 2004. The Initiative supports teachers’ efforts in the classroom through professional development workshops, digital workshops and Podcasts, and by sharing relevant information through email updates.
Teacher-to-Teacher will be sponsoring several workshops this summer, in places such Denver , New York , and Los Angeles . Check the Summer 2008 Schedule to register for a workshop near you. If you cannot attend one of these sessions, make sure to check out the session materials. They are all available online and are packed with useful information to take back to the classroom. – Melissa

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Sight Word Videos

Check out this short sight word video by Karen (a member of the FreeReading Community). Before making more videos, she’d like feedback from teachers and reading coaches like you! So, if you have a moment, feel free to share your comments and thoughts here.


Find more videos like this on Classroom 2.0

A mini technology and social bookmarking lesson

Monday I figured out how to add social bookmarking links to the bottom of Literacy is Priceless posts thanks to discovering a how-to guide on the subject on the blog Running through the Rain. After discussing my mini accomplishment with a few of my teacher friends, it occurred to me that not everyone is familiar with the term social bookmarking nor the colorful little buttons below. So, here is a mini lesson on the topic so that you can start bookmarking your favorite websites and Literacy is Priceless posts : ).

Wikipedia defines social bookmarking as follows:

Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks with the help of metadata.

In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine… For more information, click here.

The following colorful buttons allow you to save and share links to this blog post on social bookmarking and networking sites like, Digg, StumbleUpon, reddit, and Facebook.

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1) The checkered button allows you to save blog posts to of the most popular social bookmarking sites and a personal favorite! I use the site to bookmark education resources that I come across and want to save for later viewing. The great think about is that regardless of what computer I am on, I can always find my favorites by going to my free online account.

2) The second mini button above allows you to bookmark this post on Digg-another popular site, especially among tech-savvy crowds. Everything on Digg – from news to videos to images to Podcasts – is submitted by our community (that would be you). Once something is submitted, other people see it and Digg what they like best.

3) The middle button above with the SU on it is for StumbleUpon-a site that allows you to bookmark and review content, as well as stumble upon new content related to your interests. My Dad is a huge fan of this site!

4) The second button from the right with the little creature on it allows you to bookmark this post on reddit-a site where you can vote on and share your favorite web content.

5) Finally, the button on the far right with an f on it is for Facebookan online directory that connects people through social networks at colleges-By clicking this button on any of our blog posts, you can share Literacy is Priceless with your friends and colleagues on Facebook.

I hope this is helpful! Moving forward, feel free to bookmark our posts on your computer or the social bookmarking sites above! Also, feel free to share your own favorite literacy websites with us here in the comment sections of each post!

Happy Social Bookmarking,


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Free Printables for Pre-K and K

Today my colleague Alexa mentioned to me that she showed FreeReading to her son’s preschool teacher. In response, I asked her what website the school has used in the past to find literacy activities and she responded, ““. Naturally, I was curious, so this evening I checked out the site.

Beginning Reading is a phonics program for young children just being exposed to print for the first time. Similar to FreeReading, it contains dozens of free printable materials. So, if you are in the market for a short vowel poster, alphabet writing worksheets, or fun book titled Lively Butterfies, this site is definitely worth a browse and slot on your phonics favorites list! Feel free to pass the site along to your Pre-K and K teacher friends. I also think Beginning Reading is useful for parents and grandparent of preschoolers.


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