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Classroom Resources for English Language Arts

  • Arthur: The online companion to the popular ARTHUR television series airing daily on PBS Kids targets kids between the ages of four and eight. It supports the same educational goals as the program: literacy and the modeling of positive social and problem-solving skills.
     
  • Between the Lions:This website contains a wealth of resources, activities, and curriculum materials to help kids learn to read and write. For children in pre-school through grade 3.
     
  • The Electric Company: The television series and its companion website aim to entertain children between the ages of 6 and 9 while simultaneously teaching four crucial areas of literacy that are challenging for struggling readers: decoding, vocabulary, comprehension of connected text, and motivation.
     
  • The Great Word Quest: This website is designed to teach vocabulary through games and other activities. For ages 4 to 7.
     
  • History Detectives: Crash Course in Using Resources of the New York State Library: This four-hour workshop for teachers of elementary through high school social studies and language arts will introduce them to how to use both the special collections and the main library collections at the New York State Library to ferret out answers to questions about people, places and events in New York State's history.
     
  • Homework Hotline: Students statewide can call in live with their homework questions to be answered by the Rochester Teacher Association's Dial-A-Teacher volunteers. Homework Hotline airs on public television at 5:30pm Monday through Thursday when school is in session.
     
  • Language & Literature Internet Bibliography: A list of internet resources compiled by the NYS Library reference staff.
     
  • Life in the Hudson Valley: Using Translated Dutch Documents: This four-hour workshop for teachers of elementary through high school social studies and language arts will introduce them to translations of 17th-century Dutch documents (primary sources) that can be used to tell stories about life in Beverwyck (aka Albany), Wiltwyck (aka Kingston), Nieuw Amsterdam (aka New York City) and other communities in the Hudson Valley.
     
  • Martha Speaks:  Martha and her friends teach vocabulary in two ways: by using the words in context, and by telling kids what the words mean. On the Martha Speaks website, kids learn by doing. When they hear words, they have to understand them and use them to play the games well. For ages 4 to 7.
     
  • NOVELny: Online access to the full text of hundreds of journals, newspapers, and other references.
     
  • NYS Museum Exhibit Teacher's Guide: New York Metropolis: A teacher's guide to the State Museum's New York Metropolis exhibit, including pre- and post-visit activities. Many of the activities can be effective with or without a visit to the Museum.
     
  • PBS Kids Island: This website contains reading games with favorite PBS KIDS characters. Players earn tickets and win prizes as they play progressively challenging games. A Child Progress Tracker allows teachers to see how their students are doing.  For ages 3 to 7.
     
  • PBS LearningMedia New York:  This website provides free access to public television program clips, teachers guides, interactive learning objects, instructional strategies, and much more, searchable by curriculum area and grade level.
     
  • PBS Programs A-Z: Access to all the websites for PBS programs and their related educational resources.
     
  • Sesame Street:  Complete with fun and engaging games, videos, and activities, theSesame Street website’s educational and developmental curriculum helps children get ready for school success. For ages 2 to 5.
     
  • Summer Reading at New York Libraries: Materials and links to library resources to support a summer reading program in your community.
     
  • SUPER WHY!:  The mission of this website, like that of the television series, is to help kids ages 3 through 6 learn key reading skills, including alphabet, word families, spelling and reading comprehension, through interactive online games, activities and more.
     
  • Throughout the Ages: A visual educational resource that focuses on using historical records as learning tools in pre-K–grade 6 education. The site offers more than 500 digital images of historical photographs, letters, broadsides, maps, and paintings.
     
  • Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core: This website contains a searchable map showing cultural institutions in every county of the state, lesson plans, open educational resources, listings of upcoming events, and more.
     
  • Using Historical Records in the Classroom: Historical Records: what, why, where and how. A brief course on using historical records in the classroom.
     
  • WordWorld:  Providing constant opportunity for word play, WordWorld empowers children as early readers by making the important connections between letters, sounds, words and meaning that are necessary for reading. For ages 2 to 5.
     
  • WordGirl:  This website is specially designed to promote a love of language and words. The connection between language and thinking that children gain by building a broad vocabulary has a direct impact on their literacy learning, especially reading comprehension. Our goal is that children will find themselves using new words in daily conversation and develop a love of language. For ages 4 to 7.