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Lucy and I appreciate everyone who came to our presentation at TCEA. Due to a time factor, we left out an important tool that you can use to combine your curriculum with literature.  We created a movie combining the idea behind BookFlix and StoryLine Online. We video taped a couple of 5th grade students reading the books, then we added scanned images of the actual book illustrations into the movie. We linked these movies to the beginning of a flipchart to connect literature to the curriculum activities. We want to point out that this type of media can be saved and viewed on a TV, a computer screen, a projector, or an IWB. Have fun incorporating literature into your own curriculum! Feel free to add additional sites!


An integrated curriculum is ultimately the best approach because it establishes student development of personal meanings through the use of rich context. Research has shown that children learn material best when it has meaning and usefulness for them. Literature is a way to give curricular concepts personal meaning. Use the sites below to begin integrating your own curriculum.



StoryLine Online

Once you get to this site, click on Continue to Storyline Online. The directions will lead you through the materials on the site. There are several books that you can choose for the students to listen to. Readers are filmed reading the book, much like they would be doing if they were reading to a class. Materials are also available for the books, such as Related Activities and and a downloadable (is that a word?) Activity Guide. 


Highlights Kids 

This link will take you directly to the Story Player. Click on the book of your choice to hear the story read aloud by other children. There are other links at the top of the page where you can access games, pictures, poems, and other links.



The stories that are found on this site are the classics. From The Ugly Duckling to The Three Little Pigs students can listen to these stories being read orally. One of the cool features of this site is that the books can be read in more than one language. Click on the flag at the top of the screen to choose the language you wan to listen to.


Clifford Stories

Students can click on the words to hear the story being read to them. When they click on the red words in the story, they can watch the pictures change to match the story. Different levels are available.

Starfall is a wonderful site with learning games and activities to help students learn. This part of Starfall will read the story out loud as the words are clicked on. Some of the stories have a speaker that will read the  book in stages. In order to track the words, they become red as they are being read out loud.
KizClub provides lots of educational activities for language arts for preschool and elementary age children. This site provides not only read along books, but also downloadable PDFs with images from the story along with sentence strips. Language platform: English or Korean
You can view the entire book of your choice page by page. There is a wide selection of books to seach through by keyword, author, or subject.  Organize, collect and share your favorite books when you join this service. You will need to have an account for this site, but it is free.
This site not only has books that are read aloud to students but also poems, jokes, and more. Along with animated graphics which play, words are tracked by color change as the story is being read. 
A selection of books that can be read aloud to the students. This site offers so much more. There is a reading activity calendar for each month! This has great ideas to tie every day to a book. In the Book Zone, scroll down to the bottom and there is an Author Q & A section that features various authors of children's books.
This site is ideal for Pre-K learners. It not only provides read aloud books, but also interactive activities that incorporate early developmental skills. The Tweenie characters are featured in all of the stories.
Need something for ELL? Stories can be read in English and Spanish. Online stories, activities and printed activities are available. There is a Pre-School library and an Elementary library.
Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. Many of the titles are available in Spanish. This service requires a subscription.
Tumblebooks is an online collection of read along titles for elementary, middle school and high school students with complete audio narration . Sentences are highlighted as they are being read and pages turn automatically. This service requires a subscription.

Search Site for Literature
Pair your book with your curriculum objectives. There are many search variables available to narrow your search.
You will need assistance from your librarian to log in, but once there, you can search books by author, title, subject, and even TEKS! (Follett)
This is one of Google's many treasures. When you are in Google Books, any keyword that you search will provide only results for books matching the topic. If the book is out of copyright, you can read or download the entire book.
Literature Handouts
In the Literature Folder on the right sidebar, you will find documents that contain books by subject for Math, Science, and Social Studies.







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