CommonLit (https://www.commonlit.org) has quickly become my favorite spot for nonfiction articles that are easy to navigate and adjust lexile levels. Also a great resource for paired texts and insightful writing prompts.
noredink.com is my hands-down favorite grammar/syntax review and reinforcement tool. I generally spend a day or two in the fall getting kids used to it, and then assign modules as practice and/or enrichment depending on what each student needs to work on in this area from essay to essay. The free version is more than adequate for most of my students' needs.
flocabulary.com is always a hit, and I've caught kids muttering the songs under their breath during quizzes. Earworms abound, but they really work for reinforcing basic ELA concepts. I share a subscription with my co-teacher to keep costs down.
Post by cherryvalance on Jun 25, 2017 20:54:56 GMT -5
A lot of the free resources I use were posted, but I piloted a blended learning program this year using the following. Definitely both worth it if your district is willing to pay!
Achieve3000--Common Lit on steroids. This program provides over 20,000 articles, each of which can range from a Lexile of 400 to 1500. It's adaptive, so you can follow students' progress and students will always be net exactly where they are. Each article comes with a pre-reading poll, during reading annotation support, multiple choice and open ended question, and extension activities in a bunch of subjects. VERY expensive, but my department all voted to keep it over using Newsela or Common Lit and getting something else.
Revision Assistant--When we purchased this, I think our school was one of two or three using it in the state. It's an adaptive writing program from the TurnItIn people. It gives students on-the-spot feedback on their essays and I've definitely seen an improvement in planning and citing evidence from using it this year.