Sound Finder

SoundFinder

If you need help with pronunciation or rhyming, try SoundFinder from Lesson Pix. You can use for free, without signing up. Here’s their tutorial video: The other day, we were talking about rhyming (using some of the news limericks from the NPR podcast “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”) and I challenged students to make their own limerick.…

ICDL

ICDL: International Children’s Digital Library

ICDL: International Children’s Digital Library is a collection of free children’s books,  According to the Fast Facts page*, there are currently 4619 books in the collection, in 59 different languages. The Simple Search page allows you to search for books in a variety of ways: You can also search by country, keyword or use the…

News 360

News 360

News 360 is a news aggregator app for both iOS and Android. It’s free, easy to use, and it learns: the more stories you rate up, the more similar stories you’ll get. And vice versa. That said, it’s a good idea to sometimes read about things you don’t like, or read articles from new sites…

TweenTribune

TweenTribune

The Smithsonian’s TweenTribune is a free, nonprofit newspaper for students (grades K-12). You can choose articles by topic and by difficulty (“lexile level”). These are the topics you can choose from: Some recent stories: “Does acupuncture work?” “Performers audition for spots on New York subways” “Tennis and fashion are a match in Paris” “Mrs. Obama…