Home Based Resources for Reading
FREE READING LINKS
WPCSD Student E-Resources Links
Use the link to access our student e-resources pages. Resources include: Brain Pop, Brain Pop, Jr., WorldBook, Pebble Go, Brittanica, Raz Kids, Reading A-Z, Tumblebooks and many more!
The Trove! (White Plains Public Library Links)
The White Plains Public Library has you covered for engaging content while learning from home
Sora (Audio & Ebooks)
With Sora, you can get free eBooks and audiobooks from your school. Install the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or go to soraapp.com.
In Sora, find your school (or enter your school's setup code), then sign in. - Southern Westchester BOCES - then White Plains City School District
- Login using student login from school
- Browse the Explore tab and borrow a book.
- Your book will open so you can start reading right away.
- Close the book and go to your Shelf to see all your books (including assignments). From there, you can: l
- Tap Open Book or Open Audiobook to read or listen to the book. l Tap Options to renew or return the book, get to your notes and highlights, and more.
For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.
It's that easy.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Storyline Online receives over 100 million views annually from children all over the world.
Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Teachers use Storyline Online in their classrooms, and doctors and nurses play Storyline Online in children’s hospitals.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
-The Editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines.
DK Find Out!
DKfindout! allows your child to search, learn, and explore information on a safe and secure site. Perfect for help with homework, DK’s clear, reliable, and highly visual content covers all curriculum subjects and more! There are quizzes, videos and animations, and new content being added all the time to engage and fascinate your child. There are also articles for parents explaining the curriculum your child is being taught, ideas about how you can help them, and quick links to other DK products that will support your child’s learning.
- Safe, secure, and reliable site for your child to use independently
- Encourages eager learners and develops your child’s research skills
- Articles checked by experts to help you support your child’s education
Free Children's Stories
Founded in 2008, freechildrenstories.com operates on the simple principle that children’s development is paramount. Our mission is to offer traditional, meaningful storytelling to every child, parent, or teacher around the globe with access to the internet, for free.
National Geographic Young Explorers
National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. It is a great way to bring interesting non-fiction stories into reading center time.
Welcome to Wonderopolis®, a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, we pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways.
Wonderopolis was created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) in 2010, and it has become one of the most popular education sites today. Some highlights of the platform include:
- 2,000+ Wonders of the Day (and counting!), covering a vast range of topics—you're sure to find something that interests you!
- We've had more than 45 million visitors since the site launched and currently welcome more than one million visitors each month.
- 65,000+ comments submitted by our users, each with a personal response from Wonderopolis.
- More than 130,000 Wonder questions submitted by our users in the Wonder Bank. All of our new Wonders of the Day now come from questions from our users.
- Platform extensions including the gamified Camp Wonderopolis and the Wonder Ground educator network.
The excitement of learning that comes from curiosity and wonder is undeniable, and Wonderopolis helps create learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs. From the very beginning, Wonderopolis has been lauded for our fresh approach to wonder and learning. Some of our awards and recognition include:
- TIME magazine's "50 Top Websites of 2011"
- Parenting.com "Best Kids' App"
- EdSurge featured School Tool
- WOMMY winner (2011)
- USA Today 4-star rating
- Winner of Learning Magazine Teacher's Choice Award for the Family
With multi-disciplinary content that purposefully aligns to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the STEM Educational Quality Framework, and Bloom's Digital Taxonomy, we've earned a place in K-12 curriculum and in classrooms worldwide. Teachers can use the daily Wonder to jumpstart their students' critical thinking, or dip into our ever-growing collection of Wonders for content that relates to specific themes and student interests.
The possibilities for using Wonderopolis in the classroom are endless, and we invite you to find classroom resources, lesson plans, correlations to education standards, and real-world applications in the Wonder Ground, a network we created especially to support educators.
Our community is a vital part of Wonderopolis, and we invite you to share the Wonder with your networks by downloading our widget. We also value collaboration and are open to partnerships on many levels. If you have comments about the site or ideas about partnership opportunities, please email us.