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25 Reading Sites and Apps

Row of colorful books with electronic book reader
(Image credit: AndreyKrav)

As a follow up to my recent list on Math Sites/Apps found here, I've decided to compile a list of my favorite learning tools for reading.  Mobile Learning and BYOD make it easier for any student to learn any core subject, especially that of reading. Finally, this list does includes tools that help with comprehension and language arts as a whole.  This list is in alphabetical order. 

  1. ABCYa (opens in new tab) - A long-popular site for finding educational games grades K-5 in math and reading.  I highly recommend checking out their Word Cloud app by clicking here (opens in new tab).
  2. Actively Learn (opens in new tab) - A fantastic site where educators can make any reading material their own by adding questions, annotating, collaborating, and more through a educational portal.  Also, a great way to flip a lesson and gauge student learning to help differentiate instruction.
  3. Adapted Mind (opens in new tab) - A great site for math and reading grades 1-6 that breaks down reading into comprehension, spelling, and vocabulary.
  4. Brain Pop (opens in new tab) & Brain Pop Jr (opens in new tab). (opens in new tab) - One of the world's most popular ways for students to learn subjects such as reading, through animated videos.
  5. Cookie (opens in new tab) - A fun site for younger learners with lots of educational games, puzzles, activities, and more.
  6. Hideout: Early reading (opens in new tab) - A wonderful iOS app for young readers that helps them learn through a series of educational games/activities that focuses on sounds, correct letter, word recognition, and more.
  7. IXL - One of the most popular sites around for educators looking for an online curriculum in any core subject grades K-12.  Also, the educational portal allows for student tracking to generate detailed reports and differentiate instruction.
  8. K5 Learning (opens in new tab) - An online reading and math program for grades K-5 with detailed results and reports.
  9. Khan Academy Kids (opens in new tab) - A fun free mobile (iOS/Google Play) for ages 2-6 looking for resources in math, reading, and writing.
  10. PBS Kids Lab (opens in new tab) - A great collection of games and activities to build reading and math skills ages 3-8.
  11. Play Kids Games (opens in new tab) - A nice little site for finding alphabet, memory, and vocabulary games.
  12. PlayBrighter (opens in new tab) - Learn any subject in the anime-themed gamed by completing educational missions.
  13. Reading Racer (opens in new tab) - An innovative app that uses a mobile devices microphone to listen to students read and compete in a race.
  14. Reading Raven HD (opens in new tab) - A great iPad app for young readers starting out by learning letters and phonics, working up to reading full sentences.
  15. Room Recess (opens in new tab) - One of my favorite sites around for educational games in a wide variety of subjects such as math, typing, reading, and more.
  16. Sentence Reading Magic (opens in new tab) - A wonderful iOS app for beginner readers that have them not only building a sentence but also working on their reading skills by reading a sentence and tapping on a picture to see if they are correct.
  17. Sheppard Software (opens in new tab) - A neat site for games on a wide variety of subjects including reading/language arts.
  18. Sight Words Hangman (opens in new tab) - A great iOS app that focuses on over 300 sight words and 30 word lists to help students learn.
  19. Skoolbo (opens in new tab) - A nice online site for ages 4-10 that focuses on math and literacy/reading skills.
  20. Socrates (opens in new tab) - An amazing new site where educators can seamlessly differentiate instruction through games based learning (i.e. any subject, math, reading, etc.).
  21. Sumdog (opens in new tab) - A excellent site with an educational portal that allows educators to track students progress through game-based learning in a wide variety of subjects including reading.
  22. Super Teacher Worksheets (opens in new tab) - My all-time favorite site for educational resources including topics such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and more.
  23. ThinkFluency  (opens in new tab)- A wonderful iOS/Google Play app that uses cutting-edge technology to assess a student's reading fluency.  This is all done without the use of paper, providing instant real-time feedback, and saving teachers valuable time.
  24. Time4Learning (opens in new tab) - A great place to find resources and online program for a wide variety of subjects and grade levels including language arts/reading.
  25. ZooWhiz (opens in new tab) - A fantastic site that uses game-based learning to teach a wide variety of subjects such as math, reading, and spelling. 

cross posted at cyber-kap.blogspot.com

David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at dkapuler@gmail.com and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.