Reading / Language Arts

Little Bird Tales

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Create a free digital story by incorporating photos, videos, text, and voice recording.  You can also create or upload your own artwork.  Includes hundreds of lessons tied to common core standards which teachers can utilize.  Share via email.  Also available as an iPad app. For grades 6 to 12.

Storybird

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Build stories using amazing art and your words with this free tool.  Teacher accounts provide a safe environment to create unlimited student accounts, create assignments, and share and grade student creations.  Students can read and write stories at school or at home on any device. For grades K to 5.

Edublogs

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The most popular educational blogging tool created by Wordpress for Education.  The free account enables a single blog while the Edublogs Pro account ($39.95/yr.) allows a creation of student blogs and mobile blogging.   For all grade levels.

bubbl.us

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Brainstorm, create, share, and collaborate with this easy-to-use mind mapping tool.  Also available as an iPad app. For all grade levels. 

readwritethink Student Interactives

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Interactive literacy tools for students in the following categories:  Organizing & Summarizing, Inquiry & Analysis, Writing Poetry, Writing & Publishing Prose, and Learning About Language. For all grade levels. 

Poetry Idea Engine

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Introduce students to haiku, limerick, cinquain, or free verse through this interactive site.  Students can learn the different types of poetry and click word choices to create a printable poem. For grades K to 5. 

RhymeZone

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Type in a word and generate a list of rhymes, near-rhymes, synonyms, antonyms, definitions, homophones, and more.  You can even search for poems or quotations that include the word. For all grade levels. 

Pinball

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Pinball includes six fun tools for generating ideas.  Click the "About" button below each tool to learn how to use it.  Each tool includes a step-by-step guide.  Includes Dot Dash (an idea mapping tool), Drop Zone (for narrowing and sorting ideas), Snap Shot (for manipulating images), Wild Reels (mix up ideas to create a storyline or script), Live Wire (for planning an essay or storyboarding), and Curve Ball (generates unexpected ideas from your ideas to help you get creative). For all grade levels. 

Wikispaces Classroom

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Wikispaces Classroom is designed to remove all the frustrations of using technology to support learning.  It's a free, collaborative, private social environment where teachers can create assignments; post resources, content, announcements, and tools; monitor student work with real-time formative assessment; and provide feedback.  For grades 6 and up.

SpiderScribe

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This online mind mapping and brainstorming app allows you to insert text, images, files, calendar events, and geographic locations.  Maps can be set to private or public.  Also, enables embedding to web page. For all grade levels.

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