Read & Write at Home

Read! Children need to read or be read to every day. This includes reading to learn as well as reading for enjoyment. Reading should be no less than 20 minutes a day.  If you are home all day, a few 20 minute sessions would be great. The Resource Bank has plenty of audio books, story times and online reading available if you are short on books at home. You will find great reading resources in each grade collection.  Sun West families also have access to Sora for reading books and Pearson E-Texts for textbooks. 

Write! Your child should do a bit of writing (this includes typing) every day.  They can respond to what they read, write a journal or poem, work on a story or essay, or write a "how-to" manual.  Kids could even watch one of our live animal cams and write an observation or story based on their expereince.  The possibilities are endless.  

If you find there are too many resources to sort through, you can filter the results using the “Filter Resources” area on the left side of the screen.  Select “Education Level” to narrow your results to a specific education level. (Please note - for the purposes of this site these "Education Levels" are used when filtering - Lower Primary = K-2, Upper Primary=3-5, Middle Years=6-8, High School=9-12)

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10 Writing Graphic Organizers
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Includes:
-essay planner
-events planner for story writing
-sandwich paragraph planner
-narrowing a topic
-poetic devices
-responding to literature
-sensory observation chart
-writing project planning web

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English Language Arts
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Chad Manis
Date Added:
09/18/2018
20 Perfect Anchor Charts for Teaching Phonics and Blends
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Phonics charts and blends charts are a great way to teach difficult concepts to beginning readers. Keep them around the classroom (or accessible at home), and your students will be able to use them independently for increased confidence and learning!

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English Language Arts
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Diagram/Illustration
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Author:
Stacy Tornio
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
220 Writing Prompts for Kids to Spark Student Creativity
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Writing prompts for kids help students:
- Express themselves and their creativity
- Grasp lifelong literacy skills and concepts
- Tell their own stories and build self-confidence
- Develop a growth mindset when it comes to their writing skills
- Writing is like a muscle — it takes practice to build up skills. Luckily, we put together a list of over 200 writing prompts to help your students get started.

Contents include:
- Creative writing prompts
- Fun writing prompts
- Persuasive writing prompts
- Social emotional learning journal prompts
- Math writing prompts

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English Language Arts
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Author:
Maria Kampen
Prodigy
Date Added:
03/23/2021
Awesome Stories
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This site offers 5,390+ robust, original stories based on primary sources and presented in various media formats: written, dramatized narrations, videos, images, maps, and more!
Free stories each day are available for access - see the home page and the What Matters Now tabs

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English Language Arts
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Awesome Stories
Date Added:
03/23/2020
Beginning Reading Instruction
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Beginning Reading Instruction (BRI)/Advanced Reading Instruction (ARI) is a highly researched, and simple reading program that helps children learn to decode.

A teaching guide, along with the three sets of books, and the booster set (extra practice) are all you need to begin teaching a child to read. Additional materials, such as tests to make sure a child has mastered the skills after they complete each set, and ways to keep track of progress are included.

Each book set offers a drop down menu featuring the book, suggestions for looking through and discussing the book and story questions.

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English Language Arts
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Author:
Teach My Kid to Read
Date Added:
09/20/2022
Best 4th Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Fourth graders are independent explorers, full of ideas and opinions. They have an impressive skill set and are ready to go deeper. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of 4th grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

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English Language Arts
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Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best 5th Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Fifth graders are on the brink of adolescence. They are curious, capable, and ready to tackle the world. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help them build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of 5th grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

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English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
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Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best First Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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First grade is an adventure! Kids are excited to learn and always ready for more. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some that are just for enjoyment. This list of first grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

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English Language Arts
Math
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Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We are teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best Kindergarten Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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It’s fun to be five! Here is our list of favorite kindergarten websites and activities that kids can enjoy at home with their families. We’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some that are just for enjoyment.

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English Language Arts
Math
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Social Studies
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Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best Second Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Second graders are full of curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Parents can supplement any education with these amazing second grade websites and activities kids can enjoy at home with their families. (They won’t even know they’re learning!) These learning links and fun activities will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus we included some that are just for enjoyment.

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English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best Third Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Third graders are curious, capable and eager to share their ideas. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of third grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
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Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Beyond Decodables - Free Books for Kids
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This site offers free Research-Based, Teacher-Approved Texts for supporting decoding and beyond.

How it works:
- Beyond Decodables aim to support young readers success in reading by allowing children the chance to decode words in a meaningful context.
- Use the "Beyond Decodables Scope and Sequence" chart to pick the right text for your student(s).
- Most texts are available in digital editions (projectable PDFs) and printer-friendly editions.

Sets of texts:
- CVC Words
- Consonant Digraphs
- Consonant Blends
- Long Vowel Patterns
- CVCe Words
- Multisyllabic Words

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English Language Arts
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Reading
Author:
Beyond Decodables
Julia B. Lindsey
Date Added:
09/20/2022