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These educator-reviewed resources from TeachersFirst offer audio books so all students, including emerging readers and ESL/ELL learners, can experience literature and other reading selections in audio form to reinforce and inspire literacy skills and enjoyment. Be sure to explore each site, as many include multiple categories of books and different download or listening formats. Some selections are audio only. Others include text to follow on the site as you listen, while others include options to interact with the book by clicking, responding, and watching animations. The helpful reviews suggest ideas for ways to use the audio books in the classroom or outside of school to reinforce literacy skills, improve English skills, or study literature in new ways. Narrow your search by choosing TeachersFirst's specialized collections of audio books with accompanying text or audio books with interactive features.

 

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The Berenstain Bears Story Time - PBSkids

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K to 2
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On this site students write a story by choosing words to fill in the blanks from pictures below each blank. The created story is available to read and print. ...more
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On this site students write a story by choosing words to fill in the blanks from pictures below each blank. The created story is available to read and print. In the caregiver section of the site lesson plans are provided for several TV episodes that deal with family and community, choices and decision making and socio-emotional development. Flash, Real Player and Adobe Acrobat are required for parts of the site. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Bookmark this site on a classroom computer for centers or for students to use in free time. This is a great link to include on your teacher web page for parents and children to do together at home.
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Repeat After Us - Ellie Wen

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K to 12
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This online language lab/library has made classic poems and other literature available for listeners to hear and read. It is searchable by genre, authors, and titles. For younger children,...more
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This online language lab/library has made classic poems and other literature available for listeners to hear and read. It is searchable by genre, authors, and titles. For younger children, it has nursery rhymes and tongue twisters. Besides literature, it contains non-fiction writings, mostly by political figures as well as famous plays. Difficulty level is indicated for each recording, ranging from beginning to advanced. The audio player is downloadable at the site. Help your learning support students or challenged readers by letting them listen to texts. Recordings are made by volunteers. Your service club may want to help record some texts for fellow students, as well.

tag(s): audio books (29), folktales (58), listening (92), nursery rhymes (18), plays (36), poetry (225), rhymes (32)

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Make sure you turn on your speakers or have headphones available. You can copy the exact URL or make a shortcut directly to a listening selection for your elementary or ESL students to listen in the lab or at a classroom center. If your computers are "locked down" preventing downloads, you may have to request that tech help install the player.

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Sesame Street - CTW

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K to 2
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The Children's Television Network has created a delightful set of learning activities that strengthen skills in letter recognition, decoding, listening, problem-solving, and more. Led...more
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The Children's Television Network has created a delightful set of learning activities that strengthen skills in letter recognition, decoding, listening, problem-solving, and more. Led by the familiar cast of characters from Sesame Street, your youngest students will love to explore Elmo's World, the Game Room, and participate in interactive stories. The links include games, stories, art, music, mail, and Elmo's World. At the Games link you will find science activities about the weather, counting challenges, classification activities, musical fun, and numerous other educational activities. This site truly has something for all primary elementary classroom. The site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): classification (25), counting (120), listening (92), numbers (203), preK (292), sound (105), sounds (70)

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Use this rare find to motivate your students. Have students work on individual computers and explore this site on their own. With younger students, you may want to introduce the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. This is definitely one that you will want to share with your parents in your newsletter or on your class website.
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Learn to Read - Starfall.com

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1 to 3
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If you're looking for a resource that will engage reluctant readers or help new readers with unfamiliar vocabulary words, you may want to incorporate these fun and interactive stories...more
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If you're looking for a resource that will engage reluctant readers or help new readers with unfamiliar vocabulary words, you may want to incorporate these fun and interactive stories into your classroom. Students can read through the interactive texts independently, click on troublesome words, and listen to their pronunciations. Select from movies, videos, and games that illustrate special sounds, pronunciations, and spelling rules.

tag(s): sound (105), sounds (70), vocabulary (325)

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Book-Pop - Stephen Cosgrove

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K to 6
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Book-Pop is a web enhanced reading adventure. Students may choose to read or listen to the stories. The pages are beautifully illustrated and filled with magic and imagination,...more
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Book-Pop is a web enhanced reading adventure. Students may choose to read or listen to the stories. The pages are beautifully illustrated and filled with magic and imagination, with themes that evolve around human values.
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tag(s): listening (92)

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Make reading come alive by choosing one of the stories from this kid friendly collection. Preview it first to come up with a few discussion questions for students to think about throughout the reading. Project it on your whiteboard or at a student-run whiteboard center. Clicking on the "listen" icon will let the narrator do the reading, well-paced and expressive. Use the stories to enhance listening comprehension, or assign them for students to read or listen to with headsets from individual computers. If you choose a whole class approach, share a link to the same story on your class web page to enable students to view and listen to it over and over again from home, or to give students who were absent access to it.
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