My friend, Nelson Gonzales from Belize City asked me about online reading books for his students. We discussed the International Children’s Digital Library which is a repository of digitized literature available in many languages for use by students. The growing collection is curated by the ICDL Foundation and contains stories that exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas.
The URL: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
I haven’t seen magnetic poetry for a while now but here’s an online version that your students can use to explore word order and construct meaning from the selection of offered words. There is a “more words” button that keeps the creativity flowing.
The URL: http://play.magneticpoetry.com
Ah, the dreaded book report! This page has been making the rounds since yesterday and it’s too good not to share. Thanks to all who pointed it out.
The URL: http://www.educationrethink.com/2014/09/six-alternatives-to-book-reports.html
My friend, Ann Blakely, told me about this site last week. The Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary is a collection of visual illustrations. The site explains itself: “The Visual Dictionary Online is an interactive dictionary with an innovative approach. From the image to the word and its definition, the Visual Dictionary Online is an all-in-one reference. Search the themes to quickly locate words, or find the meaning of a word by viewing the image it represents. What’s more, theVisual Dictionary Online helps you learn English in a visual and accessible way. The Visual Dictionary Online is ideal for teachers, parents, translators and students of all skill levels.”
The URL: http://visual.merriam-webster.com/
I noticed this site while viewing Ana Valdés’ Paper.li page the other day. From the site: @LettersOfNote “is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos where possible. Fakes will be sneered at. Updated as often as possible; usually each weekday.”
The URL: http://www.lettersofnote.com/
Here’s a Twenty Questions interactive that tests a student’s grammar knowledge. The verb is removed from each statement in a cloze activity. Students receive immediate feedback about each answer and if they make a mistake, the response explains the correct answer.
The URL: http://www.wisc-online.com/Objects/ViewObject.aspx?ID=WCN3302