boy_on_globe_resized“If children are apparently unable to read, we must assume we have not yet found the right way to teach them.”
-Dr. Marie Clay


Reading Resources in Our Classrooms:

  • Harcourt Reading Seriessummerpic
  • Being A Writer/ Lucy Calkins Primary Units of Study
  • Word Study
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Reading Counts
  • Leveled Books

“Children who have not heard words sing, who have not experienced words that make them laugh and cry, words that make them stomp and holler and words that make them go suddenly quiet, even pensive, are not going to be readers, no matter how adept they are at decoding.”
-Susan Ohanian, One Size Fits Few

Reading Tips

  • Recall what you know about the topic.
  • Ask questions as you read.
  • Make connections to your life, other books and the world.
  • Decide what is important to remember.
  • Think about the reasons why things happened.
  • Picture what is happening.

Online Resources

(This page contains links to websites that are outside of the Arlington Public Schools network. APS does not control the content or relevance of these links.)

Informational Reading Websites

English Language Arts
National Reading Panel
Standards of Learning

Reading Curriculum Related Websites

Harcourt Storytown Reading Website
Lucy Calkins Writing (K-1)
Being A Writer (2-5)
Reading Counts
Home & School Connection

Other Online Reading Resources

Story Sites
BBC Stories Online
Browse stories by theme or everyday life.

Mighty Books
MightyBook’s mission is to provide entertaining content that helps kids discover the joy and power of reading. MightyBook is an online publisher that specializes in read-aloud eBooks and songs for ages 2 to 10, plus children’s sing-along songs. Words in the stories are highlighted as they are spoken by the story teller.
Illustrations for MightyBook stories have an international flavor, with artists from Australia, Canada, China, Iran, England, France, Pakistan, South Africa and the United States providing artwork in a multitude of styles. All MightyBook books and Story Songs are designed to entertain kids while improving their reading skills.

Awesome interactive site.

Sesame Street

Magnetic Poetry Nursery Rhymes

Interactive Literature Site Flashlight Readers

Character Scrapbook
Create illustrated pages that analyze favorite characters from any book. (K–8)
Cat in the Hat Interactive Jigsaw Puzzle

Language Arts Powerpoint Presentations (Jefferson County Schools, TN)

Create scramble and word searches for 10 practice words.

Children’s Storybooks Online

WorldBook Online

“My Own Books”

Ask Kids Search Engine

Cybersleuth Kids


Sight Word Site
Excellent site for students to practice the basic sight words. Students listen, build and identify sight words by level. Student feedback is provided.

Websites for Ordering Books

Major Publishers for Children’s Books

Perma-Bound    (sets organized by themes, grade levels, & international perspective)

High Interest/Easy Readers

Leveled Readers

National Geographic Books

O’Brien Associates

For More Information, contact: