Language Arts Resources

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Videos:

BrainPop and BrainPop Jr: DVIA sponsored resource. BrainPop’s movies cover comprehension, text, skimming, rereading, vocabulary, books, articles, and literature.

Storylineonline.net: A library of stories read by your favorite movie stars!

Schoolhouse Rock (specifically Grammar Rock)


Books (most of these resources can be found in the Educator Library):

Rip the Pages: Adventures in Creative Writing: Here are the ideas, experiments, and inspiration to unfold your imagination and get your writing to flow off the page! This is the everything-you-need guide to spark new poems and unstick old stories, including lists of big, small, gross-out, and favorite words; adventurous and zany prompts to leap from; dares and double dares to help you mash up truths and lies into outrageous paragraphs; and letters of encouragement written directly to you from famous authors.

Explode the Code: Break through the code with online, data-driven phonics instruction!

Reading Strategies: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers: In The Reading Strategies Book, she collects 300 strategies to share with readers in support of thirteen goals—everything from fluency to literary analysis. Each strategy is cross-linked to skills, genres, and Fountas & Pinnell reading levels to give you just-right teaching, just in time.


Games:

Board Games: Scrabble, Scrabble Jr., Sight Word Zingo, Pete the Cat Bingo Sight Word, Spelligator, Boggle Jr., Bananagram, Happy Hats-Beginning Reader Game

Card Games: Snap it Up-Word Families


Online Resources:

Writing Workshop: An excerpt on how to conduct a writing workshop at home.

Readworks.org has lesson plans on skill and strategy, novel guides as well as leveled reading passages and paired passages with question sets. Registration is free.

You will find lessons on specific skills, strategies, comprehension, novel studies and more. There are also thematic collections of reading passages with question sets at K-12 levels. Here are a few collections that might be of interest…

 

Newsela offers non-fiction literacy and focuses on current events. Articles from world-class news publications are adapted to grade level. Newsela builds reading comprehension through leveled articles, real-time assessments and writing prompts. Registration is free.

Listenwise makes it easy to bring authentic voices and compelling non-fiction stories to the classroom. They curate the best of public radio to keep teaching connected to the real world and build student listening skills at the same time. They offer audio clips of stories, comprehension questions, discussion themes and listening graphic organizers. Registration is free.

readwritethink offers standards-based lesson plans, interactive tools for learning, calendar of important events in literary history with related activities and resources that make them more relevant to students and much more.

Ereading Worksheets provides teachers, parents, and motivated students with high-quality reading worksheets, activities, and resources aligned with Common Core State Standards. This website uses a skill focused approach where each activity targets a specific skill set, but you can also browse the reading worksheets by grade level.

Free Audio Books that are organized by genre and language.


Apps:

Reading A-Z: DVIA Sponsored Resource. Award-winning reading solution with thousands of leveled readers, lesson plans, worksheets and assessments to teach guided reading & reading proficiency.

Writing A-Z: DVIA sponsored resource: Delivers a comprehensive collection of online writing lessons, resources, and tools to meet the needs of every student, at every learning level. Check out the online videos of the writing process too!
Reading EggsReading Eggs will help your child learn to read using fun online reading games, lessons, phonics and more.

Starfall: Free site to teach the basics of reading. Features interactive books and phonics games.

Duck Duck Moose Reading: An award-winning app based on Common Core State Standards, Duck Duck Moose Reading teaches phonics and reading skills in a fun zoo-themed adventure. With word and letter activities, kids learn by playing with flamingos, monkeys, lions and more. Keep track of progress through a new parent reporting tool.

Spelling/Vocabulary City: Build vocabulary, literacy, phonics, & spelling skills with VocabularySpellingCity. Improve vocabulary, a core reading skill, with gamified context-rich.

Learning With Homer

MyOnReader:

Reading Rainbow: Unlimited library of books & field trips

Farfaria: FarFaria’s beautiful world of stories will get your kids discovering book after book,
keeping them reading longer and more often


Classes:

Writopia: Offers engaging writing workshops in El Segundo and Santa Monica.  Write (and finish) original short stories, poems, plays, musicals, memoirs. All teachers are published authors. All groups have a maximum and six students.

826LA: Offers engaging and inspirational writing workshops for a nominal fee. After school tutoring is offered for free. Two locations: Venice and Echo Park.


Our local Barnes and Noble is partnering with DVIA to provide all homeschool families with an Educator Discount card.  Receive 20 Percent on all book purchases and 25 Percent on Educator Appreciation Days. Click here to download application form.