Category Archives: Literacy


Teacher and Blogger Anne Gardner writes about the Literactive website for early readers.  If you are a primary teacher or even preschool or kindergarten, be sure to check it out.


Running Record Toolbox

iPhone Screenshot 1 This app looks awesome for all reading teachers.  Created by teachers and available for just 99  cents.  Download it for your iPhone or iPad.  Here is more info:

Apps for Story Telling, Movie Making, Making Comics, Publishing and More

This is a wonderful collection of apps for classroom teachers from StoryKeepers.  Most of these apps are free and can be used in the classroom for a variety of purposes including creative writing, video producing and assessment purposes.  Just use your imagination and let your students use their imagination!

25 Terrific Online Games for English Language Learners

25 Terrific Online Games for English Language Learners.

Web and App Resources for Language Arts

A colleague shared this resource with me.  It contains 30 Websites and Apps for Language Arts Classrooms.!home-page/czmf

My New Favorite

Have I mentioned how much I love ?!  This is a great place to start when looking for games to play on  your interactive whiteboard or student computers.  Everything is broken down by grade level, skill, or common core standard.  Instead of doing a random internet search, start your search on this website.

Common Core

If your school is adopting Common Core Standards, be sure to check out these great resources!

I love this website.  There are different categories for grade levels and subject matter.  If you go to the common core section, select your grade and then select the specific standard you are working on.  You will then get a list of several internet games and resources that correlate to the standard.  What a great time saver!

Another fantastic place to look for Common Core resources is  Just enter what you are looking for in the search box and you are sure to have several ideas in just a matter of seconds. is one of my favorite resources.  There are things here for everyone from preschool teachers through high school.  The items are created by teachers.  Many are free and others are offered for a small fee.  Save yourself some time and support your fellow teachers by purchasing their products.  I have never been disappointed after a visit to this website!


Mastery Connect has a free common core app that is available in the iTunes store ass well as Android Market and Windows Store.  Their website, is dedicated to helping teachers with formative common core assessments as well as tracking individual student mastery of standards.

Richard Byrne shared the following information about the Story Creator App on his blog iPad Apps for School

Story Creator – Create Your Own Narrated Picture Books on Your iPad

story_creator Last week I attended one of Kathy Schrock’s excellent presentations about teaching with iPads. I quickly filled up five pages in a Penultimate notebook while listening to Kathy. One of the apps that she shared that was new to me was Story Creator. Story Creator is a free iPad app that makes it easy to create narrated picture books on your iPad.

To create a narrated picture book on Story Creator start by inserting a picture as your book’s cover. To create a page just tap the “+” icon and import a picture, draw a picture, type some text, or do all three. After completing one or all three of those previous actions tap the microphone icon to record your narration. After making your recording you can quickly adjust it so that each word of text is highlighted to match the timing of your narration.


My only complaint about Story Creator is that in order to share your stories you either have to share them on Facebook or create a Story Creator account to share them with others via email. If you share them via email your recipient needs to have Story Creator on his or her iPad in order to play your story.


Story Starter

This week I tried out Story Starters by Scholastic.  My kids and I had a ball writing  about the favorite sport of a friendly spy who can see the future.  This is a great site for fun writing prompts for the younger kids.  If you have an interactive white board you can write the story collaboratively and guide them through the process.  Lots of fun.


Interactive Story Map- Read Write Think

The Story Map interactive includes a set of graphic organizers designed to assist teachers and students in prewriting and postreading activities. The organizers are intended to focus on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution development. Students can develop multiple characters, for example, in preparation for writing their own fiction, or they may reflect on and further develop characters from stories they have read. After completing individual sections or the entire organizer, students have the ability to print out their final versions for feedback and assessment. The versatility of this tool allows it to be used in multiple contexts. /files/resources/interactives /storymap/

Lots of great ideas and lesson plans here.  Can’t wait to try this one out!