Reading

Visuwords- online graphical dictionary- gives definitions, related words or concepts, and more
Reading is Fundamental- website that has tips and tricks to encourage good reading habits for students

Directory of Interactive Websites:
Reading Websites - Many websites for Reading and Language Arts skills

Instructional:
Best Practices Reading Strategies: a list of 20 reading strategies to assist teachers with authentic learning
Elementary Test Prep - Many different skills for Reading and Language Arts (very similar to Maryland VSCs)
Interactive Quizzes - The site has interactive quizzes for grades 3-5, & 8 in Reading & Language Arts
Kids' Lab - wonderful website for Reading skills (very similar to Maryland VSCs and Benchmarks)

Interactive Graphic Organizers:
Graphic Organizers- over 15 graphic organizers in pdf format
Animal Graphic Organizer - 4 types of graphic organizers to study animals that you can choose from and you can print out a copy.
Compare & Contrast Graphic Organizer - Three different types of organizers to choose from and you can print it out a copy.
Drama Mapping - Graphic organizer for character map, conflict map, resolution map, and setting map
Shape book patterns - from Education Place (36 different shapes from food to animals to clothes to rainbows and more

Skills:
Compare & Contrast - a tutorial on how to compare and contrast objects, gives definitions, and examples of graphic organizers
Character Traits - make your own character trading cards that can be printed
Poetry - understanding poetry, rhyming dictionary, lessons, podcasts, and much more.
Text Features Interactive - online tutorial about text features
Graphic Organizers- many different printable graphic organizers in pdf format
Non-Fiction Text- choose the correct parts to make a non-fiction text
Reading Poetry- read some poems and answer questions about the poems
Text Features - lesson and practice
Draw Conclusions - lesson and practice
Comprehension Interactive Activities - lots of comprehension skills and links

Houghton Mifflin: Grade 3
Kids's Place - Vocabulary games for the reading series
Spelling and Vocabulary - word lists for all elementary grades for the Houghton Mifflin Reading series.
Additional Spelling words - additional spelling word lists for every story in the anthology
Spelling City- online spelling program -teaches, practice, and tests spelling words - It is so COOL!!
Houghton Mifflin Theme Links - vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, and other activities that correlate with grade 3 themes

Websites: Houghton Mifflin - Grade 3 These sites can be used to help build background knowledge for the stories
Theme
Story
1
Cliff Hanger
Climbing information (cartoon demo)
Climbing Gear

The Ballad of Mulan
The Legend of Mulan Facts
Site Seeing Around China

The Lost and Found
Find the Hats game
2
The Keeping Quilt
Stitch a Quilt
Quilt Block patterns (printable too)
Activites - huge website of activities

The Talking Cloth
Adinkra Cloth - PBS Kids' website
Adinkra Symbols & Meanings
Adinkra Cloth Gallery
Cool Planet - extensive site with activities

Dancing Rainbows
Meet the Characters - website with the real characters from the story!
3
Dogzilla
Dave Pilkey's website

The Mysterious Giant of Barletta
Wikipedia- Picture and description of Colossus of Barletta
Town of Barletta - pictures of the town and statue

Raising Dragons
Elements of Fantasy - definition and examples
Dragon Theme pages - tons of links to different types of Dragon info

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
Topiary Gardens - Rhode Island garden
Definition of Topiary
Virtual Tour of a garden
4
Nights of the Puffins
26 Questions about Puffins
All About Puffins
Atlantic Puffin

Seal Surfer
Leopard Seals
SOS for Kids: Seals
Harbor Seals
Gray Seals

Two Days in May
White-tail Deer Facts
5
Across the Wide Dark Sea
Journey of the Mayflower - map of the sailing route
Journey of the Mayflower II- Great Intro for story!

Yunmi and Halmoni's Trip
Korea- virtual tour of Korea

Trapped By the Ice
Sir Enest Henry Shackleton - Life, journey, information
Antarctica- map and tells about climate, wildlife, plants
Shackelton's Expedition- details from start to finish
6
Pepita Talks Twice
Pepita Activities - tons of activities for teachers & students

Poppa's New Pants

Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Questions and Activities

Interactive:
iknowthat.com - Great website for reading and language arts (and other content areas). You have to become a member but it is free.
PrimaryGames.com - Language Arts games for primary grades
Kaboose 1 - Reading games for ages 6 and up
Kaboose 2 - More reading games for ages 6 and up
Gameaquarium - tons of activities
FunBrain - activities for reading and other content areas

Authors and Illustrators
Teacher Tap - website that has many links to authors and Illustrators for all levels of reading