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Let's Write a Newspaper Story
For a perfect activity, have students become reporters and chronicle the year's school events in a published paper! This stimulating unit on newspaper writing is hosted by the Applied Physics Laboratory at John Hopkins University. Develop students' research, writing, and editorial skills with lessons about catching graphics, and designing simple page layouts. This site includes story scenarios, sample newspapers, and tips from the pros. Students will also develop cooperative learning skills as they work together in groups.

Children's Literature Web Guide
This site collects an enormous number of links to children's literature sites, from authors and publishers to discussion boards and teaching ideas. Well-organized and easy to navigate, it's one of the largest such sites on the Internet.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Web Site
Carol Hurst, a teacher, storyteller, and librarian, has been consulting and writing about children's literature and teaching for many years. Find reviews, magazine articles, book excerpts, and many suggestions on how to use children's literature in the classroom.

Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature
A personal and comprehensive site of children's literature sites on the Web by a children's librarian, who is well-known in online children's literature circles.

Caldecott/Newbery Medal Winner and Honor Books videos
Video versions of several Caldecott and Newbery award winning books are available for download at this site. Files are in RealPlayer format and require the RealPlayer download available here. Once RealPlayer is installed, videos play instantly when choosing the link. (Note: Real PLAyer is a Windows program, so MAc users are out of luck.) Videos range from 6 to 20 minutes in length. Running time is displayed with titles. Titles include popular books used in elementary classroom such as Mufaro

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Text comprehension

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