It’s that magical time of year when teachers are planning for their students to come back to the classroom. I’ve learned first hand from my many interactions with teachers and librarians that budgets are tight and time is limited, so I thought I would put together a list of FREE resources for inspiring creativity & literacy in the classroom. My website is always free and my Storytime YouTube channel offers the words to help early readers too.
I’ve met some amazing companies along the way in seeking out sponsors for my writing contest. I am truly impressed with their commitment to promote literacy. They offer all kinds of free resources that I wanted to share. I know sometimes people think companies that “sell” something never have anything free without a catch. But, not these folks. They are the best there is in what they do and know that helping to promote reading is a win for our whole society. So enjoy this list of FREEBIES!
I help kids learn how to exercise their imagination while building effective listening and writing skills. The magic comes about by sharing the simple secret – “If you can tell a story, you can write a story.” I share techniques on how to create and share an original story. These simple and entertaining examples inspire students to create their own stories and share them both out loud and on paper. This lesson gives a student’s imagination a serious workout, encourages communication and provides tools to help them build a strong sense of self while helping to generate self-confidence. Proof positive that learning can be fun!
MUSIC HELPS TEACH LITERACY SKILLS
Music is an important component to learning. When music and books are combined they help teach critical literacy skills! Here is a great site that features articles about how music supports learning and literacy from Cantata Learning. All of Cantata Learning's songs are available to stream online or download for free! Their songs can be used in all kinds of ways to support lessons across the curriculum. You can search for songs in a host of categories, and of course I am partial to “Nursery Rhymes/Folklore” & “Language Arts”. They also have videos of several of their stories being read aloud. Take a look! Sign up to get a free song of the month from Cantata Learning.
In this lesson I use the three “R’s”: rhythm, rhyme and repetition. Singing can help children learn to read while having fun and strengthening their comprehension in the process. So how about a little music?
AUDIOBOOKS HELP BUILD VOCABULARY
I love research and articles that provide information on what we can do to help promote reading! Here is a great resource from Tales2GO about how audiobooks allow children to build their vocabularies and encourage them to stretch their imaginations! If you're looking for ideas on how to incorporate audiobooks in your classroom try a free trial from Tales2go.
Check out these classroom and home audiobook activities and make sure you check out the lesson plans they offer. When you're listening on your free trial, you can search for stories from yours truly!
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Who doesn’t like to learn something new. Capstone Publishing has a whole host of great Webinars ! and don’t miss their achieve of past events. You’ll find presentations such as:
Reaching the Reluctant Writer…with humor! and An Rx for Reading Success. Find all the archives on a variety of topics here.
- My imagination launcher videos help jump start imaginations.
- Try my Imagination launcher worksheet to download for your class to inspire storytelling.
- Check out my poetry fun playlists sharing simple poems to inspire students to write their own.
- Watch vocabulary fun with early readers. This helps young readers build their vocabularies by hearing and seeing the words.
Don’t miss my Teacher Page, created just for you. Filled with story playlists and blogs to accompany them with ideas for your class. And hey, let’s not forget my FREE K-4 Be-a-Famous Writer contest, held every September 1 - November 15th. This year the theme is Libraries. Plus, guess what? All of the companies featured on this post are providing amazing prizes!!