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.
Bookflix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction from Children’s Press and other trusted Scholastic imprints. It is free on the LearnAB website using your username and password
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.
Comprehensive Literacy Guides K-6
On behalf of ARPDC, a large cohort of literacy leaders from the greater Edmonton area (ERLC) collaboratively developed a series of Elementary Literacy Guides in 2016-17 to support teachers, administrators, learning coaches and other educational staff.
Trueflix is an online resource, free on the LearnAB website using your username and password, that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century Skills through the inquiry process. All of the True Book titles are supported with a deep and diverse reservoir of related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images, and text.
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.
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.
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.
Common Resources - Teachers
English Language Arts Program of Studies
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.
Raz -Kids is an online reading program. Log in using your Teacher Username.
6 + 1 Traits of Writing
Find scoring guides and lesson resources for 6+1 Traits of Writing.
My Child's Learning
My Child's Learning will provide you with a better understanding of Alberta's curriculum and related information for your child. This tool can help you discover what your child is learning, how they're assessed and what resources are available to help them be successful from Kindergarten to Grade 12. This resource also contains information on the variety of educational choices you have for your child.
Alberta's Online Reference Centre (ORC)
Learn Alberta's Online Reference Centre (ORC) licenses digital resources for use in Alberta K-12 classrooms at NO COST to the school or district. The ORC is a source of vetted online reference resources that support the K-12 curriculum. In addition, all of the ORC resources are accessible anytime, from anywhere with an Internet connection.
Find and level all your favorite books with Book Wizard.
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.
Alberta Education regularly reviews resources to assess use, functionality, cost-effectiveness and alignment with curriculum. You will find these on the Authorized Learning Resource Database.
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!
T4T Courses are secure learning and teaching materials developed by Alberta Education for use by students and teachers in Alberta. These distributed learning resources include student courses, assignments, teacher resources, and answer keys for grades one to twelve. Teachers are encouraged to use these resources in the development of their own lessons and in preparing for upcoming courses. These provincially authorized resources are developed by the Distributed Learning Branch of Alberta Education.
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.