Teacher Review For StorylineOnline.net

A great site for young kids to listen to and watch picture books read aloud!

Karen C.
Media specialist/librarian
High Plains Elementary
Englewood, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This is a great resource for kids to use for Read-to-Self time. Even though the students don't always recognize who the folks are from the Screen Actors Guild, they are very much attracted to the format of the narration. They are able to select a book on their own, listen/watch it, and easily select another one without help. The default video viewer is Youtube, so if your district blocks Youtube, try selecting SchoolTube. To do this, select the book and look in the upper lefthand corner to change it to SchoolTube.
My Take
This is a quality teaching tool that, because the narrations are read by professional actors, models great fluency. Each and every story is engaging and is an experience in and of itself. Since I've started using it several years ago, it has switched up some, but not all, of its selection. It'd be great to see even more and different books to choose from. This is addressed briefly in the FAQ and seems to be dependent on funding, understandably so. Additionally in the FAQ there are things like how to bookmark a preferred media player and how to turn on the Closed Captioning.