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Online Resources for Growth Mindset

1.    Bronson, P. (2007). How not to talk to your kids: The inverse power of praise (New York Magazine cover story)

2.    Moroney, R. (2007). The Praise a Child Should Never Hear

3.    Murphy, A, and Allen, J. (2007). Good Morning America: Why Praise Can Be Bad for Kids

4.   TED Talk with Carol Dweck

5.    http://www.educationworld.com/a_issues/chat/chat010.shtml    Hopkins, G. (2000, 2005, 2015) Education World Interview with Carol Dweck: How can teachers develop students’ motivation and success?

6.    Science education videos – This 2-minute video focuses on neural connections for older students.

7.    Neuroscience for Kids – Excellent site Denise’s rating: ★★★★

8.    Growth Mindset info-video with reference to Steve Jobs. Denise’s rating: ★★★★

9.    1.56 min video. Animations that show how neurons work. Also available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyNkAuX29OU Denise’s rating: ★★★★

10. How We Learn – Synapses and Neural Pathways. Includes adventure climbing/learning. 3.14 min video. Denise’s rating: ★★★★

Online Resources for Short Texts

Websites for Short Texts, Picture Books, Online Libraries.  All have my ★★★★ 4/4 Ratings

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  1. Readworks – Informational reading passages. Includes resources for grades K-6th. FREE
  1. Public domain fiction and nonfiction passages with questions (use your own questions and strategies too) Grades 2nd-10th Geared to Common Core, but general for all use. FREE
  1. Time For Kids – Current news articles and resources. K-1, 2, 3-4, 5-6. Paid Subscription.
  1. Tween Tribune and Tween Tribune Jr –  Current news articles with pictures and text. Choice of topic and lexile level. High interest with some critical thinking questions. When you click on K-4, it becomes tweentribune.com/junior. FREE
  1. Mr. Nussbaum – printable or online passages with comprehension questions, as well as games and other interesting tidbits of info. Grades K-6. A likeable site with a real teacher. FREE
  1. NewsELA – Current events. Lexile level can be adjusted for your students. Grades 4-6 FREE (although there is a “Pro” subscription that provides more services)
  1. Poems for fun, analysis, and comprehension. Great poems, but FYI – know that there are a lot of ads. FREE
  1. More Poems for fun, analysis, and comprehension. <Poetry Class> provides great writing activities for poetry too. FREE
  1. Nonfiction and fiction passages/links FREE
  1. Reading A-Z – Short passages and with multiple texts on the same theme. $$
  1. A great collection of poems written by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. Easy to access. (You’ll want to click on “sharing our notebooks” when you teach writing. Great for writing and of course, reading and analyzing short texts such as poetry!) FREE
  1. Check out classroom materials for easy readers K-1. Good resources. FREE
  1. Classic poetry by famous and not-so-famous poets. FREE
  1. Picture books read by celebrities. Sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild Foundations (SAG) FREE
  1. Online library of books for elementary age. Tumblebook Library – younger students, Tumblecloud Junior for upper elementary students. $$
  1. Fables and folktales with downloadable resources. FREE
  1. Paid subscription for paired books online K-3. $$
  1. Picture books online with some audio support. FREE

Online Resources for Literacy Support


  1. Musings From the Middle School – Excellent blog posts full of quality resources. One of my favorites for teachers.
  2. Read Write Think – K-2 Lesson plans for fluency
  3. Read Write Think – Using greeting cards to motivate students and enhance literacy skills K-2
  4. Read Write Think – 3-5 Multipurpose Poetry: Introducing Science Concepts and Increasing Fluency
  5. Read Write Think – K-2 Using Story Innovation to Teach Fluency, Vocabulary, and Structure
  6. Professional Development Strategy. K-8 Introducing Ideas and Vocabulary with the Concept Sort. Related to this strategy:
  7. 3-5 Exploring How Section Headings Support Understanding of Expository Texts. Using nonfiction, help your students focus on the main points. Through awareness of section headings, students learn to sort and categorize main concepts.
  8. K-1. Introducing the Venn Diagram in the Kindergarten Classroom by using manipulate hula hoops and real objects, to problem solve, explore, and record information to share with others.
  9.  A wonderful public library resource.
  10. Nerdy Book Club – (Book Whisperer Donalyn Miller is a regular contributor) Another of my faves.
  11. International Literacy Association (formally know as IRA, The International Reading Association)
  12. Reading Rockets, National multimedia project for teachers of struggling readers and  Author interview
  13.  You Tube video clips appropriate for school
  14. Read Write Think  
  15. Story Map
  16. Doodle Splash
  17. Time Line
  18. Resource for Chart Dog and OKAPI! The Internet Application for Creating Curriculum-Based Assessment Reading Probe and much more
  19. tickettoread.com Voyager site for reading, vocabulary, questions, fluency. Motivational for students Denise’s rating: ★★★★
  20. http://www.edutopia.org/digital-storytelling-classroom easy to follow how-to ideas on using technology as a storytelling tool Denise’s rating: ★★★★
  21. http://www.adrianbruce.com/computers/mindmap/mindmap.htm How to create Mind Maps using free software Denise’s rating: ★★★★
  22. Visual dictionary – http://visual.merriam-webster.com From Fisher and Frey. Denise’s rating: ★★★★
  23. Science – http://www.thesciencedictionary.com From Fisher and Frey. Denise’s rating: ★★★★
  24. Math – http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com From Fisher and Frey. Denise’s rating: ★★★★
  25. Art – http://www.artlex.com From Fisher and Frey. Denise’s rating: ★★★★
  26. Sports & Fitness http://dictionary.babylon.com/sports From Fisher and Frey. Denise’s rating: ★★★★
  27. http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf    Text Exemplars Includes exemplars of reading text complexity, quality, and range and sample performance tasks related to Core Standards (titles and excerpts) but can be used as a stand-alone, with or without a focus on standards. FREE Denise’s rating: ★★★★
  28. https://www.pinterest.com/dgudwin/ Pinterest – See Focus on Literacy Board


Online Resources for Intervention Strategies


1.   Best Evidence –  “Empowering educators with evidence on proven programs”  BEE Researchers the Recipient of the American Education Research Association (AERA) Award.

2.   Archived SITE. Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA)

3.   Common Core Curriculum Maps and lesson plans

4.   Florida Center for Reading Research includes a wealth of information, including interventions and assessments, reports and research

5.   Initiative of the National Center for Learning Disabilities’ information for building the early literacy skills of preschool children

6.   Intervention Central.  Resource for Chart Dog and OKAPI! The Internet Application for Creating Curriculum-Based Assessment Reading Probe and much more

7.   Story Kit, a free application available from iTunes

8.   Student engagement and learning.

9.   The Access Center, U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.  Research-based strategies

10. www.lesn.appstate.edu/fryeem/RE4030.friendly_letter_minilesson.htm    Friendly Letter Mini-Lesson

11. School Librarians and the Common Core Standards: Resources.  Librarian resources are a bonus to reading teachers!

12. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

13. National Center for Learning Disabilities

14. www.netlibrary.com.    Full-text and professional books

15. National Institute for Literacy (NIFL). Literacy support

16. International Reading Association (IRA) and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  Offers classroom resources and professional development information. (Poetry Portfolios: Using Poetry to Teach Reading.  www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/poetry-portfolios- using-poetry-152.html) and Letter Generator. http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/games-tools/letter-generator-a-30187.html  (Examples in the literacy support section)

17. International Literacy Association, International Organization formally known as International Reading Association at www.reading.org.

18. Reading Rockets, National multimedia project for teachers of struggling readers www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/depaola)

19. University of Texas, Center for Reading and Language Arts. Wealth of information

20. Ticket to Read –  Voyager site for reading, vocabulary, questions, fluency.  Motivational for students

21. What Works Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.  Research reviews, interventions, and curriculum


Some of My Favorite Authors’ Websites:

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Deb Lund






Lois Brandt





Kim Baker







Deb Lund






Kate Dicamillo 







Jane Yolen




Will Hobbs







Laurie Haise Anderson


And check out:


Eric Carle

Judy Blume

Roald Dahl

Jan Brett

Tomie DePaola

Debra Frasier

James Patterson

Jack Prelutsky

Shel Silverstein

Jon Scieszka

Charles R. Smith Jr