Reading / Language Arts


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Use CRAYON to create your own customized newspaper with easy step-by-step instructions.  You link to the news sources you want and CRAYON brings them together in one newspaper. For grades 6 and up.

Library of Congress Teacher Resources

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The Library of Congress Teacher Resources include classroom materials (primary source sets, lesson plans, presentations, and collection connections) to help teachers effectively use primary sources.  Searchable by common core standards.  


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Easy comic-creating tool.  ToonDoo was created as a new way of expression for those who don't know how to draw.  Create free comic strips by dragging and dropping or clicking. For all grade levels. 


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VoiceThread is a web-based tool for sharing that enables you to upload documents, images, or videos and add commentary.  You can also invite others to add commentary.  Includes a library of shared VoiceThreads organized by subject area. For all grade levels.

HUE Animation

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This downloadable animations software was created by a former Walt Disney Imagineer to enable K-12 classrooms to access tools that would engage and foster students’ inherent creativity.  Set up shots on camera, repeatedly moving object, and taking another shot, and play the role to watch the animation.  A Limited version is free. For all grade levels. 

Smithsonian Education

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The Smithsonian Education web site is maintained by the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) to enable every learner to discover and use Smithsonian knowledge.  Includes resources for educators, families, and students.



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News articles available at five different reading levels that are sorted into topics and linked to common core standards.  You can search for articles by grade level, reading standard, or whether or not it has a quiz.  Create a free teacher account and add multiple classes.  Students create accounts with a special code.  Teachers can assign articles to classes. For all grade levels.


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A collection of high-quality leveled texts for middle school students sorted by reading level and categorized into fourteen timeless themes.  CommonLit is a non-profit organization created at the Harvard Graduate School of Education by former teachers, for teachers, with the goal of increasing students' exposure to excellent texts. For all grade levels. 


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50,000 free educational videos that have been categorized and rated for K-12 education.  Use the directory or search for videos by subject and age level. For all grade levels. 


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Vocabulary words defined and explained in videos. For all grade levels. 


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