Brief Description of the Site:
Think of it as a high-interest E-magazine for the elementary school set. The frequently updated page offers a variety of interesting subjects, such as a five-part profile of Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong or a five-part re-telling of the legend of the chocolate tree. Then thereâ€™s the Question Corner featuring young peoplesâ€™ answers to questions such as â€œHow would you stop traffic jams?â€ â€œThe Kidsâ€™ Reading Roomâ€ offers brief stories about topics of interest, such as a best friend who moves away, and â€œBook Reviews by Kidsâ€ offers just that, plus the chance for students to submit original brief reviews. Thereâ€™s also a â€œhear-the-story-readâ€ feature but it may not work with all computers.
How to use the site:
This is a good site for free reading, and since the stories are brief, requiring very little on-screen time, even a one-computer classroom can make use of them. Another possibility is to have your students read the Question Corner responses as a warm-up and then respond or make additional suggestions. Itâ€™s also a good place for the transitioning ESL student to practice reading and comprehension skills. Students may also want to read the brief book reviews and then create their own.