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This is a great tool to share with parents who aren't sure how to keep up their kids' reading momentum during the summer. However, it's also full of advice and lesson plans that you can use all year long. It's very well-organized, so you should be able to find appropriate books and activities for even the pickiest readers. It may also be empowering for students to choose their own subjects for a summer reading list; the 24 reading themes are nice and varied.Continue reading Show less
Start with a Book gives practical suggestions to parents and teachers who want to foster a love of reading in kids grades K-5. Users can choose a topic from a long list of subjects -- art, animals, nature, dinosaurs, and more. Then, they can purchase the books directly from Amazon or print a book list for the library. The site also lists ideas for extended learning activities, including related apps and websites, and it provides information from many sources on teaching reading and reading comprehension.
By providing topic-centric book choices and extended learning tools -- including recommending related websites and apps -- kids learn by reading, asking questions, discussing the book, and trying new activities related to the books and the books' topics. The teaching reading tips can help kids become better readers and listeners.
Kids can learn how reading about a topic of interest to them can enrich their lives and their education. Kids also can learn how to ask relevant questions and discuss with others what they're reading. While it's not user-friendly for young kids, adults are provided many excellent resources to help kids learn to love reading.
This site is a powerfully comprehensive resource for teachers who want to find great books in the topics that typically interest kids, and who want to teach reading skills. There's so much info here that it's almost overwhelming. It may be best at first to start with a single interest and gradually fan out on the site from there. It would be great if site creators would add a section just for kids; right now the site is generally for adults to find books, activities, and reading tips for kids, but not so much for kids themselves.
Key Standards Supported
With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.