Monday, January 10, 2011

Storyline Online - Hear Betty White Read A Story

Storyline Online is an wonderful, FREE site that is produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Members of SAG read children's books on streaming video and there are activities and downloadable teacher resources for the books.  The teacher resources provide additional research, links, and books on the story topics.

Betty White reads Harry The Dirty Dog. You click "Let's Read It." A window opens that allows you to  choose your Internet connection speed and the video of the book begins.  You also have an option to have captions on or off.
 Storyline Online producers keep it simple.  The site is clear and easy to follow.  The extension resources are written clearly and directions for opening and closing windows make it easy to nagivate. 

There are a number of famous readers including: Amanda Bynes, Tia & Tamera Mowry, Elijah Wood,
and former Vice President Al Gore, just to name a few.

I am always looking for resources to support oral reading and I really like this site.  I hope you check it out and that you find it useful in your classroom.  If you share useful website with parents and students, add this one to your list!  Getting families to read and listen together is a wonderful extension to the classroom. 

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