Decoding and Reading Comprehension Resources

My Study Bar - A comprehensive set of portable open source and freeware applications to support learners with literacy difficulties. MyStudyBar is similar to popular commercial programs which use a floating toolbar to support literacy. The main difference is MyStudyBar is free. The toolbar includes a range of tools to support inclusion such as mind mapping, screen masking, word prediction, talking dictionary, text-to-speech, Save as MP3 and voice recognition. PC Only. (Speech recognition only works in Vista or Windows 7)

StarFall - Pre-K - 2nd grade online activities that promote literacy

Literactive - Interactive primary reading activities

Inkless Tales - Listen to stories including Dolch words. (use the control + keys to enlarge the font size if students are following along)

Into the Book - Excellent reading comprehension resource - Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing. K-4

Spell a Picture - Excellent activity for building phonemic awareness, phonics, and spelling for early readers, lots of picture prompt

Word Magnets

Cast UDL Book Builder - Check out a previous post to learn about this free online tool for creating digital books with embedded prompts.

UDL Editions - Leveled support for seven texts geared for ages 10 and up

Genie Books - Decodable books in PowerPoint.

Story Line Online - Listen to stories read by Screen Actors Guild members - follow along with the text

Children's StoryBooks Online - Illustrated stories for young children, older children and young adults. Some include audio.

Browser Books - "This website was created to allow beginning readers to read books on their web browser. Readers can click on the triangle in the lower right-hand corner of each page to turn the pages. If they are unsure of a word, they can click on it to hear a child's voice read the word to them. The books have been sorted by level and by subject according to the curriculum." (from the website)

Tar Heel Reader - Here you’ll find a collection of easy-to-read books on a wide variety of topics. Each book is switch accessible and speech enabled. You may download the books as a slide show in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format. Appropriate for beginning readers of all ages, including adolescents.

Planet eBooks - Free classic literature to download (middle school and up)

Poetry Foundation - Free resource to find poetry by category, by name, by title, by author, or by first line. It's digital, attach a voice and it's now accessible!

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