If so, I think you are going to enjoy this month’s featured website! (We also have an awesome giveaway to go along with it, but more on that later.). Storyline Online is a website with over 40 books captured on video. New stories are added periodically to fit a specific theme. For example, this month there are several books revolving around Black History Month.
Each storybook is read by famous individuals, including Sean Astin, Betty White, and Kevin Costner. The stories are read with charisma. Often at the end, the actor explains why they love the book. They might also add a comment here and there while reading.
If this isn’t wonderful enough, there are also links to activities for each storybook, which aline with the learning standards. There are activity ideas for teachers and for parents, large group activities and individual activities.
When I told a teacher friend about this website, she was over-the-moon excited to use it in her classroom. She even brainstormed a list of ideas for use to share with all of us! Here is her list:
- Have a story playing on the projector as students come into the classroom. This could encourage students to enter the classroom quietly. Then have a copy of the book featured by the classroom library so students could look at the book throughout the day.
- Play a story during Daily 5 for the Listen to Reading station. The teacher could use an iPad and the students would watch the story. Afterwards, they could do one of the activities already connected to the story.
- Play a story during lunch while students are eating. Sometimes it’s nice for students to hear a new voice reading them stories.
Thanks for the ideas Kristina! How might you use this website in your classroom or at home?