Literacy – Teachers – 4-6
Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)
Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) are administered annually to all Alberta students in grades 6 and 9. These standardized tests reflect the essentials that all Alberta students are expected to achieve, regardless of school choice or location.
Epic! is the world’s leading online children’s subscription book service, offering thousands of high-quality books for children. Educators can sign up for FREE!
Sports Illustrated Kids
Sports Illustrated Kids provides a kids-first perspective of sports. Find sports news for kids, scores, kids games photos and expert analysis of the NHL, NFL, NBA, and soccer.
KidRex is a fun and safe search for kids, by kids! KidRex searches emphasize kid-related webpages from across the entire web and are powered by Google Custom Search™ and use Google SafeSearch™ technology.
Quest A+ is an application that contains released achievement test items from previous Provincial Achievement Tests.
TIME for Kids
From the publishers of TIME magazine, TIME for Kids is loaded with interesting articles, photos, and videos. Politics, the environment, entertainment, sports, and health are just some of the topics covered. TIME for Kids isn’t as interactive as most of the other website on this list of educational websites for kids, but the site does tackle subjects that are in the news now while being written for an audience of children.
Wonder is for everyone. It can happen anywhere and at any time. Connecting the learning we do in our schools, our homes, and our communities, Wonderopolis walks the line between formal and informal education. Each day, an intriguing question is posed. It both informs and encourages new questions, sparking new paths of wonder and discovery in family and classroom settings.
This nonprofit organization offers free, research-based reading comprehension lesson plans and curriculum for grades K-6. It is designed to help teachers boost their students’ reading comprehension skills. Among other features, ReadWorks offers more than 1,000 nonfiction reading passages covering an array of topics. Each passage comes with a series of associated questions. The website also includes hundreds of lesson plans for different skill or grade levels, as well as how-to guides to help teachers administer the lessons.
National Geographic Kids
Watch animal cameras, learn interesting tidbits about animals, see and share photos of nature, learn about different countries and try science experiments. These activities don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the National Geographic Kids website. There’s even a “Little Kids” section for the younger explorers in your house.
How Stuff Works
When your child wants to know why the sky is blue, how a tornado forms or any number of other questions she can come up with on a daily basis, head on over to How Stuff Works. The articles break down subjects like autos, culture, entertainment, science, money, technology and more. Games, quizzes, and videos also round out your children’s learning experience.
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read or have read to you. View it free through the Cold Lake Public Library.
ABCYa has grade-level lessons that are incorporated into areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first-grade activities are equipped with sound to enhance understanding. Fun children’s Holiday activities are available in grade level sections!
Read closely. Think critically. Be worldly. Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that’s always relevant: daily news. It’s easy and amazing. See the impact Newsela can have on your classroom.
Raz -Kids is an online reading program. Log in using your Teacher Username. Reading A-Z gives teachers access to printable and projectable skill-based lesson plans, high-interest texts, close reading packs, decodable passages, and informative assessments to guide cutting-edge instruction.
6 + 1 Traits of Writing
Find scoring guides and lesson resources for 6+1 Traits of Writing.
Alberta Assessment Consortium
The Alberta Assessment Consortium: develops performance assessments and rubrics, scaffolding tools, and unit plans modelling backward design; collects samples of student work that demonstrate a range of quality relative to assessment criteria; and maintains a practical website with links of interest, assessment tools and templates designed for classroom use.
The purpose of Pobble 365 is to make it easy for busy teachers to create engaging lessons. Every day, you can find an interesting picture to spark a lesson, together with writing prompts and philosophical questions that you can use with your students on a smartboard screen, or printed out with our easy-to-use PDFs.
National Film Board of Canada
Create a free login and discover over 3,000 productions that take a stand on the issues that matter most to Canadians. Discover newly released films about Canadian issues with productions available in both French and English for kindergarten to grade 12. Be sure to check the Education tab to find more educational support.
DOGO News has short format articles for kids on current events, science, sports and more plus lots of pictures, videos and an interactive map!
Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Online Resources
Access all the F&P Resources online resources here. (F&P BAS, LLI Systems, as well as F&P Classroom)
Empowering Writers A thriving writing community starts with the foundational skills every writer needs to bring his or her words to life. Empowering Writers teaches educators how to teach their students to express themselves freely and effectively, first orally and then in written text. This scaffolded approach builds a community of writers that embraces engagement, productive feedback, and collaboration.