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Today’s tips are going to be about sites that can be used in elementary schools as enrichment activities for beginning readers. Pupils can either use these sites on their own or you, the teacher can use the sites with the pupils. You can create your own activities to match the stories and games or just let the pupils have fun in English.
The library has a pre-elementary and elementary section. The pre-elementary stories are very simple and repetitive which means that pupils can join in. There are also online activities for pupils to complete after the story.
The elementary stories are interactive. Pupils need to choose characters and make decisions as the stories progress.
The BBC offers a wide range of literacy activities. Spend some exploring the site and decide which activities best suit your pupils. There are accompanying worksheets to many of the online activities.
Starfall is one of the first sites that was created to help teach basic reading skills. The site offers pages to practice initial letters sounds stories based on sound patterns, and then progress to simplified versions of well-known stories. All the stories are narrated with highlighted text.
This site has a huge collection of talking stories and activities. The site is free bit you need to register.