How many of us as teachers, home-schoolers, parents, grandparents, day care givers, etc. would love to boost our students’ reading skills but do not want or can’t afford to pay to do so? Well, you don’t have to. You can explore these excellent web resources from which you can print materials free for your students. I have looked at the materials and can give you my word as an educator that these sites offer useful well designed resources for you to print.
This site offers free printable lessons in English, reading, vocabulary and comprehension. The lessons teach the use of context clues for meaning. The questions in comprehension require the higher order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The lessons are based upon essays, stories, poems and articles and are appropriate for upper elementary grades and middle school.
Reading Games Rooms, a website by Australian instructor Adrain Bruce offers all sorts of reading and phonics games to print, activities, resources, pages, links etc. There are posters, awards and diagrams for free printing also. A teacher’s toolkit is available as well. Very interactive site. Attractive.
The Teacher’s Corner a part of Hot Chalk.com offers free printables for reading, spelling, decoding, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and more. Hot Chalk gives you the abiltiy to make and personalize your own worksheets as well. Nice clean layout. Easy to navigate.
Schoolexpress.com offers 11,000+ worksheets for you to print free. That’s one of the largest selections that I have yet to see. The theme of this tidy, user-friendly site is trains and has fun activities as well as just lessons. It offers free online worksheets, free ebooks, online storytime, puzzle generator, software downloads, online or printable journal writing activities, one a day. There is a daily game of the day, daily treasure hunt. You can download and print complete activity and skill books featuring criss cross, cryptogram, word search, word unscramble, mazes and coloring books too. There all sorts of subjects on science and social studies which teach material and provide reading skill building as well. No fees, no sign up no user ID. You can get on the newsletter mailing list to be updated on new stuff.
Busy Teacher’s Cafe provides you with some very innovative free printables for Venn Diagrams, questioning webs, comparison & contrast, text-self connections, concept maps, story maps to link science and social studies as well as fiction with the reading curriculum. There are printable book report forms and lessons for all kinds of reading: biography, fairy tale, mystery and non-fiction. There forms for teaching elements of a story, chapter book layout, etc. You will find loads of vocabulary builders also. There is a lot of focus on the writing aspect of reading. Students will use graphic organizers, higher order thinking, evaluation and exploration with these lessons.
These sites are literally jammed with 1000’s of really quality well-written, up to date teaching materials. They are free for you to use and print. Life is so busy and teaching one of the most demanding professions. Why reinvent the wheel when there is so much available to use? Try these great sites for all your teaching, home-schooling and childcare needs.