Language Arts Intermediate

Language Arts Websites for Intermediate Students

 

Storytelling & Writing Activities             

Website Name

Description

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Storyboard That

This interactive website allows students to drag and drop characters, settings and objects to tell a story.  They can recreate historical events or write their own stories.  Students can save their storyboards in PowerPoints on their computers.

CommonSenseMedia & AASL

My Storybook

My Storybook allows users to add pictures, characters and writing to build their own book.  Students can choose the “Try It For Free” option or register to be able to save their work.  This also has an app for student use.

AASL

Padlet

Padlet is a website that helps students take, track and organize notes.  They can use these notes for prewriting and to help organize writing pieces and presentations.

FCPS & AASL

EasyBib

FCPS provides EasyBib, a citation maker, for FCPS students in grades 3-12.  Students can use this website to take notes, build bibliographies and check the accuracy of their citations.

FCPS

Storybird

This website allows students to create their own stories using a gallery of illustrations.  The website is closely monitored so that inappropriate content is removed and students are safe to comment on each other’s work.  The website has also an accompanying app.

AASL

Big Nate Comics Mash-Up

Fans of the popular Big Nate book series will enjoy creating their own Big Nate comics online.  Students can email their comics to friends or check the gallery to see what others have created.

CommonSenseMedia

Make Beliefs Comix

Students can use this website, with a gallery of characters and settings, to create their own comics.  Comics can be printed, saved as an image file, or emailed to others.  However, students cannot save their work or see others’ work.

CommonSenseMedia

Acrostic Poems from ReadWriteThink

This tutorial and interactive help students understand what an acrostic poem is and how to write one of their own.

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Diamante Poems from ReadWriteThink

This tutorial and interactive help students understand what a diamante poem is and how to write one of their own.

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Riddle Interactive from ReadWriteThink

This tutorial shows students the steps involved in creating a riddle poem.

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Word Mover from ReadWriteThink

This online version of magnetic poetry helps students construct found poems.

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Online Books, Magazines and Newspapers

Website Name

Description

Reviewed By

Frederick County Public Libraries

FCPL offers a variety of ebook databases for students.  From picture books to nonfiction books to magazines, the resources will offer materials for a variety of interests and needs.  An FCPL library card is needed to access most of the databases.

FCPS

Axis 360

Axis 360 is an ebook database provided by FCPS to all FCPS students. Students can use their library card number and pin to access and virtually check out the books.  They can read them on their computer or digital devices.

FCPS

FCPS Media Centers

Each media center in the Frederick County Public Schools offers different research databases, including ebook resources, for students.  Please contact your school’s media specialist to see what ebook resources are available to your student.

FCPS

Starwalk Media

All FCPS students have access to free ebooks through Starwalk Media.  They may use their FCPS username and password to log in and utilize these texts.

FCPS

HereThereEverywhere

This website posts two new current events articles each week in kid-friendly language and optimistic terms.

CommonSenseMedia

Newsela

This website allows students to read news articles at their own level.  Once registered, they can set the Lexile level to read with vocabulary appropriate for them.

CommonSenseMedia

Time For Kids

Time For Kids has news articles on a broad variety of topics written frankly for students.  Some articles are written by students.  The site also contains interactive content, such as polls, for students to express their opinions on current events.

CommonSenseMedia

Youngzine

This website is a news forum that allows students to read current events articles and actively post their opinions.

CommonSenseMedia & AASL

DOGONews

In this news websites, students may search for articles by grade or topic.  They may also leave comments on articles or write and submit their own articles.  Each article contains vocabulary and geography links.

CommonSenseMedia

Scholastic Kids Press Corp

This site contains articles written by students from across the nation that were selected to be part of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.  The articles range in reading level and topic, though they may attention to special events and themes.

CommonSenseMedia

Myths and Legends

This British website introduces students to popular myths and legends.  It also shows them the date of origin and location for the myth.  Students might also like the Story Creator to write their own myths.

AASL

International Children’s Digital Library

The ICDL contains stories from around the globe to introduce students to traditional literature.  Students can search by a variety of manners, including topics such as animal characters, kid characters, books with yellow covers, etc.

CommonSenseMedia & AASL

Wonderopolis

Each day, Wonderopolis presents a new question to students, such as “Where are the suburbs?” and provides an article with vocabulary words highlighted and defined.  Students can search the site to find articles on topics interesting to them and use them for research.

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Book Reviews & Book Lists

Website Name

Description

Reviewed By

Bookopolis

Bookopolis is a website that allows children to track and review books that they’ve read.  They may also search for new books that align with their interests by reading others’ reviews and searching books lists.  Students can also try the Fun & Games section to play word games and trivia contests.

CommonSenseMedia

Biblionasium

Biblionasium is a social networking site designed for kids.  It provides a safe environment where students can review and share books that they have read.

CommonSenseMedia

A Book and a Hug

This website contains book reviews, video interviews with authors, and book lists for students.  This website is good to use for helping students find their next read.

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Guys Read

Developed by author Jon Scieszka, Guys Read addresses the need for provide male readers with books that interest them.  The Guys Read website contains book list and book reviews to help male readers find interesting reads.

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Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets contains a wealth of resources to help students find books that are interesting to them.  From fun games to author interviews to themed book lists, students will be able to identify what books are appealing to them.  Parents can use articles in the Parent Resource section to learn how to help their child love to read.

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Reading Is Fundamental

The Books and Resources page of this site contain book lists, activities, and activity calendars to help parents and families encourage reading.  

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Stacks for Kids

From Scholastic, this website focuses on helping engage students in reading.  The site includes articles, book lists, videos, and games for popular Scholastic book series.

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ReadKiddoRead

This website, designed for parents, contains blog posts and articles about nurturing a love of reading.  In addition, it contains book lists for several age groups so that parents can find recommended and popular reads for their children.

ALA

 

Reading & Vocabulary Websites

Website Name

Description

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Word Central

From Merriam Webster, this website contains a kid friendly dictionary, along with games and interactives for students to build their vocabulary.

CommonSenseMedia

ABCYa

ABCYa contains a variety of letter, phonics, and reading games for each grade level.  Users should click on their age group and then on “letters” to see a complete list of reading games for their grade level.

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Free Rice

This website contains quizzes on a variety of academic subjects, including English grammar and English vocabulary.  As players answer questions correctly, the questions begin to become progressively harder.  Each correct answer means that 10 grains of rice are donated to the UN World Food Program.

CommonSenseMedia

Natural Reader

Natural Reader is a free downloadable program that allows you to copy and paste text from documents and PDFs to be converted to speech.  You can select the speed at which text is read, along with the voice used.  The paid version has additional features.

CommonSenseMedia

Fun Brain

Fun Brain is a website that contains educational games for academic subjects.  The reading section contains grammar and punctuation games, along with comic books and excerpts from popular books.

CommonSenseMedia

Vocabulary.com

This website helps students expand their vocabulary with interactive quizzes.  Students must choose the correct definition to words by choosing from a list, selecting a picture that best represents the word, etc.  Students can also type in their own vocabulary words to customize a game to help them learn specific words.

AASL

Into the Book

Into the Book provides students with interactive games and activities to help strengthen their writing skills.  Students can choose which skills, such as visualizing or prewriting, that they wish to strengthen and complete the activity.

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Vocabulary.Co.Il

This site contains a variety of interactive games for students to learn synonyms, homonyms, definitions, and more to increase their vocabulary.

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Spelling & Vocabulary City

This website has both free and paid membership categories.  Both categories offer games to help students learn phonics, spelling words, sentence structure, and more.

CommonSenseMedia

Quizlet

Students can create accounts on Quizlet to help study vocabulary words.  They can create flashcards and play games to help learn definitions and spellings.

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Presentation Tools

Website Name

Description

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Cube Creator from ReadWriteThink

After researching a book or person, students can create a cube, such as a Bio Cube or Mystery Cube, to recall important facts and share learned information with others.

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Trading Card Creator from ReadWriteThink

Students can use the Trading Card Creator, or its free app, to create a trading card about a real or fictional person, place or event.  Students can print trading cards with images to share with classmates.

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PowToon

Students can register for a free account and then use the site’s templates to share their research!  The finished product becomes an animated video that can be narrated and set to music.

AASL

Haiku Deck

Students can use Haiku Deck as an alternative to Google Slides or PowerPoint for creating class presentations.  The website uses stock images to add content to slides and also has an accompanying app.

AASL

Prezi

Students can use Prezi as an alternative to Google Slides or PowerPoint for creating class presentations.  They can import pictures, videos, and more to create interactive presentations.

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Educreations

Students can upload video and narration to Educreations to create presentations that teach or show someone how to do something.

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Book Cover Creator from ReadWriteThink

Students can have fun reviewing their favorite books by creating custom book covers with this interactive tool!

FCPS

 

Handwriting & Keyboarding Websites

Website Name

Description

Reviewed By

Typing Rockets

In this game, students work quickly to type letters as they fall from the screen.  Correct answers cause rockets and fireworks to be shot off.

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Typing Club

This website contains a set of free, progressive typing lessons that teach students correct typing skills.

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Cup Stacking Typing Game

This website capitalizes on the popular cup stacking game to teach children typing skills.

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Typing Adventure

This interactive game helps students develop typing skills.

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Vocabulary.Co.Il

In addition to vocabulary games, this website hosts a variety of typing games for students to work on their typing skills and placement of fingers for proper typing.

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Handwriting Worksheets

This website allows you to create and print worksheets for handwriting practice.  After entering the words or sentences you would like printed, you can adjust settings for landscape or letter printing mode.  Then, the website prints worksheets with traceable letters for student practice.

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Handwriting Practice from Spelling City

This activity allows parents to print worksheets for a variety of grade levels.  Each worksheet contains differentiated practice on tracing letters or creating them independently.  

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