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Friday, January 16, 2015

Informational Text Online Resources

This week I started a unit on non-fiction (informational) reading and writing. 

I was searching for articles for my students to read and came across some great (free) online resources that I wanted to share!

This site is a jackpot of wonderful articles on a wide variety of topics.  I especially love that this site allows you to change the Lexile level of the article so you are able to differentiate for students at different reading levels.  I like that I can have all kids working on the same topic/article together and am also able to adjust the reading level to challenge all my kiddos!

Time for Kids always has great, current, informational articles.  The categories of news articles on TFK are similar to those found in a newspaper:  world, nation, science, entertainment, health...)

this is a great site to find articles about historical events.  Many of the articles that I have found/used include quotes or excerpts from primary sources, which the kids love!  They also have a "Photo of the Week" that I like to use when analyzing historical images.  Sometimes I just show the image and have the kids look for clues in the picture to try to determine when/where the photo was taken and what is taking place in the photo.

Readworks has a collection of articles on many topics.  You will need to sign up for a free account to access the articles.  I like that you can search by topic and then narrow your search by grade level, Lexile level, text type and skill or strategy if needed.

You will need to sign up for a free account, but once you do this site has a lot of great resources.  Once signed up you can assign articles for students to read online or you can print materials out.  What I really like is that there is a vocabulary section for each article and a set of comprehension questions.  I have only explored this site a bit, so I am sure there are many great features I haven't even discovered yet.

I hope you find these resources to be useful when teaching informational text in your classroom.

Do you have any other online resources to share?

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