Scholastic Articles to Support Reading Comprehension Skills


The Scholastic website has day-to-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing!  Select your child's reading grade level and it will lead you to daily sets of articles that are engaging and thought-provoking.

Coronavirus Social Stories

Social stories are a social learning tool that supports the safe and meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals, and people with autism of all ages.  

First, here is a social story (narrative) in video format that you may share with your child to help him/her have a better understanding of the coronavirus.



Below are additional social stories about the coronavirus.

I hope that these resources will be helpful to you!

Kind regards,
Jasmin Wang, M.A., CCC-SLP

Resources for Students Receiving Speech & Language Services

Here is a list of resources for students who normally receive speech and language therapy when schools are in session.  Students can still practice language skills in the absence of speech pathologists or therapists. [Source]

Students who are receiving special education services for delayed speech and language may no longer have access to those services while schools are closed during the coronavirus outbreak.

There are several websites that target speech and language skills students can access in order to practice their skills in the absence of a pathologist or therapist.  The sites target a variety of areas like articulation, sequencing, vocabulary and analogies.  Some sites can be accessed on-the-go with phones, laptops and other mobile devices.

www.ixl.com
Helps learners build math, language arts and social studies skills.

www.StoryJumper.com
Provides a free online tool to write, illustrate and publish children's stories.

www.brainbashers.com
A collection of brain teasers, puzzles, riddles, games and optical illusions.

www.toytheater.com
Visual memory activities

www.dicts.info/picture-dictionary.php
This dictionary contains more than 2500 illustrations with translations in more than 50 languages.

www.squiglysplayhouse.com/WritingCorner/StoryBuilder/index.html
Creative stories

www.ed.gov/pubs/CompactforReading/tablek.html
Kindergarten level, including recognizing letters, understanding words consist of a sequence of sounds, rhyming, building vocabulary, following directions, and more.

www.storiesfromtheweb.org/sfwhomepage.htm
Stories written by children

www.mommyspeechtherapy.com
Words in various speech position, great for articulation

www.carlscorner.us.com/BossyRWordFamilies.htm
“R” sound word families

www.quia.com/pages/worldowords.html
Vocabulary builder

www.readwritethink.org/materials/idioms/
Learn idioms

www.quia.com/pages/sequencingfun.html
Sequencing games

www.home-speech-home.com/speech-therapy-word-lists.html
Speech therapy word list

www.rhlschool.com/reading.htm
Free reading comprehension worksheets for teachers and parents to copy

www.scholastic.com/learnathome

www.eduplace.com/tales/
Create Madlibs and web tales

www.vocabulary.com
Vocabulary builder

www.bibliomania.com
Online literature

www.tarheelreader.org
Collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics

www.storylineonline.net/
Famous actors read children's stories online

www.commonlit.org
Free collection of reading passages in all literary and nonfiction genres for grades 3-12

www.newsela.com
Offers students up-to-date, high-interest articles that meet students right at their level

http://mommyspeechtherapy.com
Worksheets for various speech sounds

http://www.eduplace.com/tales/

http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster2/sptherapy.html

https://www.quia.com/pages/pbordashome.html

https://www.quia.com/pages/havemorefun.html

http://web.archive.org/web/20090208105628/https://www.speakingofspeech.com/Articulation_Materials.html

http://www.elfs.com/MovieTmpl8.html

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/listen-watch

http://www.positivelyautism.com/free/1free_social.html

Supporting Reading Comprehension at Home (FREE ReadWorks Account for Parents & Guardians!)

Hello Parents and Guardians,

I am thrilled to share with you that ReadWorks.org is offering FREE ReadWorks accounts for parents/guardians!  This website contains a great database of has leveled reading passages and question sets for your child to practice his or her reading comprehension skills.

Below are five quick tips to get started, or go directly to their website for more information: https://about.readworks.org/parents.html

1. Set up your free Parent or Guardian account


1. Click "Sign Up" on ReadWorks.org.
2. Share your email and create a password.
3. Make sure you select that your role is "Parent/Guardian."
4. Start finding engaging reading passages and activities for your child or children!

2. Choose to create a digital class or print


Everything on ReadWorks can be easily printed or digitally assigned. To print, you can simply click the blue "Print" button. If you'd like your child to access ReadWorks online, you need to create a class to sign them up.

1. Create your class and select "Roster Class"
2. Enter your child or children's names in the Roster.

3. Your child can then sign in with the unique class code assigned to your class. 

3. Enable the Student Library 


In a perfect world, time away from school and other obligations creates more time for independent reading. Make sure the Student Library is enabled in your child's account so they can keep reading, keep learning, and keep growing.

1. Enable the "Student Library" in "Class Admin."
2. Children can access their library in the ReadWorks account. They can find reading passages on topics they're interested in and discover something new. ReadWorks adds new recommendations every day, so they can find new ideas each morning. 


4. Do Article-A-Day at Home


Building knowledge on a wide variety of topics is key to your child's success in reading and in school. Article-A-Day makes it easy and fun.

1. Search our library for an Article-A-Day set to read for the week. Choose the grade level your child is in and any set that looks interesting.
2. You and your child should read one article from the set each day.
3. Ask the question "What did you learn from this article that you thought was interesting and you want to remember?"
4. Record this interesting knowledge in the Book of Knowledge. This is a place to look back at all the amazing knowledge you learned together. You can do this in a notebook, or if doing it digitally, your child can record right in their ReadWorks account.



5. Assign or print reading passages and question sets


Reading engaging passages and digging into them with the help of high-quality question sets can ensure that your children aren't missing out on meaningful reading if they're not in school.

1. Easily search over 3,000 reading passages with question sets.
2. Click "Assign" or "Print."
3. Children can dig into the passage by reading and answering text-dependent questions.
4. Talk about the reading passage and the questions together. (Note: research shows this is the most critical step for improving reading comprehension!) 

Describing with Attributes & Salient Features at Home (Langage Activity)

 

There are many ways to work on developing language skills and concepts at home.  Describing by using attributes and salient features is a skill that can be done in day-to-day life.  It builds vocabulary skills, as well as helps the student work on receptive language (comprehension) and expressive language (speaking). 

When describing something, try to identify the following:
  • Function (what is it used for?)
  • Material (what is it made out of?)
  • Parts (what parts does it have?)
  • Category (what type of thing is it?)
  • Color (what color is it?)
  • Location (where can you find it?)
  • Size (what is its size?)
  • Shape (what shape is it?) 
  • ...and more! 

As examples: 

Mug - something we drink out of (function), has a handle (parts), can be found in a kitchen cupboard (location), has a smooth surface (texture), and is ceramic (material).

Apple - a type of fruit (category), round (shape), can be red or yellow or green (color), grows on trees (location), has a stem and seeds (parts), tastes sweet and crunchy


Resources:

Example Home Activities:
  • Play "I Spy" while reading a book with pictures.  For example, "I spy something on this page that is made of wood and can be used for sitting on."  You can also play this game when you're taking a nature walk.
  • Write down descriptors/features of an object in mind, and have your child pick the object from a set of pictures/words, or have your child draw it.
  • Draw an object and have your child write down the descriptors that go with the object.  To make the task easier, you can write choices (e.g., is it a type of animal or clothing? smooth or rough? big or small?) and have your child circle the descriptor that matches the object. 

I hope that this post is a helpful resource!

Kind regards,
Jasmin Wang, M.A., CCC-SLP

Social Communication at Home (Using Short Animated Films)

 

There are many ways to work on social communication skills at home.  One fun way is to watch short, animated films and ask inferential questions to help students work on skills, such as:
  • Perspective-taking
  • Understanding emotions
  • Identifying nonverbal language cues (e.g., body language, facial expressions)
  • Making social inferences

Below is an example activity with example questions.  You can easily use this to adapt to any short animated film, or even longer clips and movies. 

Example Activity: Birds on a Wire
Watch the short animation, "Birds on a Wire" [link].
Throughout the film, pause and ask questions that would inspire your child to make an inference based on visible (or auditory) clues.  For example:
  1. How are the little birds feeling at the start of the clip?  
  2. Are they having a party?  Yes, or no?
  3. Why did the little birds laugh when the big bird arrived?  
  4. Why did the little birds move away from the big bird?
  5. The two little birds at the center of the wire looked at each other and smiled. Without saying words, what message did they communicate to each other?
  6. What do you think will happen after the big bird's last toe comes off the wire? 
  7. What do you think will happen next?

I hope that this is a helpful resource to you!

Kind regards,
Jasmin Wang, M.A., CCC-SLP

Reading Comprehension & Writing at Home (Using Current Event Articles)

One way to work on reading comprehension skills at home is to read current event articles.  I recommend the free website, Newsela [link], for students to access current event passages that are available in multiple reading levels, ranging from Grade 3 to Grade 12.  Articles come with quizzes and writing prompts.


The following skills can be targeted through Reading Comprehension:
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading between the lines
  • Understanding abstract language (e.g., idioms, expressions, figurative language)

The following skills can be targeted through Writing:
  • Adding content to writing 
  • Using specific rather than vague/redundant terms
  • Writing with coherence and organization
  • Using language in an appropriate and functional manner 
  • Writing process (pre-write, rough draft, revise, edit, publish)

Hope that you will find this resource to be helpful!

Kind regards,
Jasmin Wang, M.A., CCC-SLP