Bay ELA/Literacy





Text Complexity Resources

FAMILY RESOURCES
eBook Resources


Audio Books -  Students who have been identified as having a reading disability, and have an IEP are eligible to use the audio book resources available through Bookshare.org.  Bookshare has an extensive collection of texts, fiction, and non-fiction books. Books for all grades k-12 are included as well as college level and professional texts.  The Bay Schools have a district account that our teachers and tutors have access to for use with students at school.  Individuals may also set up a personal account.  Please work through the District Office of Special Education for more information.   Bookshare is available to use on a PC or Mac Platform.  It can also be accessed through an iPad/iPod App called Read2Go.  This App is available through the App store for $20.00.  A Bookshare account is required in order to access materials through the App.   Directions for using Bookshare

Cuyahoga County Public Libary eBook Collection Visit this site to access eBooks that are available on loan to anyone with a county library card.  Visit our Bay library to get a card and get started reading. These eBooks will work on a variety of devices including iPods, Kindles, iPads and laptops.

Kindle Reading App - free download 
Kindle Accessibility Add -on   This free add on allows you to use the text to speech capabilities of Kindle on your PC ( you do need to install the free version of JAWS to use this...click on JAWS FREE 32 Bit demo - it runs for 40 minutes on your computer, then the computer needs to be rebooted to get another 40 minutes)
Kindle Books From the Public Library

Google Books - Visit this book site to find books free through the public domain. You can also read large segments of books that are available as "preview" copies.  Search magazine and book lists.


Reading Support Programs Available Through Bay Village Schools

Accelerated Reader - This is available only at school.  Students at Normandy and Westerly are using this tool with the teachers and library staff. Scores can be converted to Lexile scores.  Read more about it

Star Fall   Free web-based tool that allows parents and students to practice basic reading skills

Reading Rockets   Free web-based tool that has parent, teacher and administrator components.


Teaching Reading and Reading Strategie

Lexile.com   Use this site to find appropriate books by Lexile level, or students can use this to find appropriate books using a simple "too easy, just right, too hard" assessment on the site.

Phonics Resources and Interactive Materials
Clifford The Big Red Dog - Interactive Books and Phonics Games   Scholastic website
Reading Lions - Between the Lions PBS Interactive Stories and Games
1st Grade Language Arts Skills Builder    Internet4kids  Listing of Links to Phonics, Grammar and Reading sites for practice and interactive games.
2nd Grade Language Arts Skills Builder   Internet4kids Listing of links for Phonics, Grammar and Readings sites for practice and interactive games.
Scholastic Whiteboard Activities prek-k
Scholastic Web and Whiteboard Activities  gr 1-2
Thinkfinity.org Interactive Tools  gr k-2

Building Vocabulary At Home
  • Articles For Parents
Reading Rockets Article On Building Your Child's Vocabulary
List of All Reading Rockets Vocabulary Resources You Can Do At Home
Talking With Toddlers - building vocabulary skills at a young age
B is for Building Vocabulary   - strategies for developing early vocabulary from Parent Magazine
A Child Becomes A Reader - birth through preschool  National Institute for Literacy
A Child Becomes A Reader - grades k-3 National Institute for Literacy

  • Vocabulary Games
PBS Vocabulary Games
BBC Vocabulary Games (some of the words are British usage)
Word Games from Merriam Webster Dictionary Site
Word of the Day
Visual Dictionary Game of the Week 
Visual Dictionary Homepage

  • Books to Read Together  This is a great activity 
Amazon List of Best Books for Reading Together - for kids and parents
Scholastic Book List of Books to Read Together
Using books for a starting point http://www.startwithabook.org/

  • Word Games to Play in the Car - you don't need to be going on  a long trip to take advantage of the captive audience in your backseat.  

10 Word Games to Play in the Car - parent blog posting
Family Fun Magazine Games to Play in the Car 

  • iPad Vocabulary Games
Vocabulary App Recommendations By Age Group - Common Sense Media