Useful Links & Resources
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)
NCDPI Standard Course of Study
North Carolina School Report Cards
Scholastic – Parents: Raising Readers and Learners
- NC Reads
The NC Reads initiative targets reading support to preschoolers and elementary students across the state.
- Scholastic – Parents: Raising Readers and Learners
Brings beginning and struggling readers to high levels of literacy through a variety of strategies and tools, particularly the texts used for reading instruction.
- Scholastic: Clifford the Big Red Dog hosts his own site of fun-filled learning for beginning readers and does it with his signature personality and style. The site features interactive storybooks, games and bilingual stories.
- StoryPlace offers preschoolers a virtual library experience. Kids can participate in story time, watch videos and play games. The bilingual site also provides early literacy information and a guide to children’s books for parents and caregivers.
- Starfall provides opportunities for young children to have fun while learning their ABCs and reading skills through positive reinforcement in a brightly colored environment full of activities, games and songs.
- PBS Kids: Between the Lions is a virtual library where lion librarians host fun-filled activities with characters like singing vowels and dancing puppets. Children can entertain themselves or involve a grown-up in the educational video games, stories and songs.
- Seussville, Dr. Seuss’ website, lets children enjoy reading-based interactive games and activities featuring his classic books and characters. The site includes a character guide, book catalogue, Seuss biography, tips for parents and resources for teachers.
- Math & Reading Help offers early readers interactive, enjoyable games to improve reading (and math). Parents will find an extensive online library of articles on education, notably on homework and tutoring.
- Reading Rockets has lots of games and activities for kids’ pleasure and learning. And parents, teachers and other adults can access instructional videos, a blog, PBS TV programs and videos to guide them in helping children learn to read.
- Reading is Fundamental, long known for providing (free) books to families who need them, presents games, interactive stories, songs and book recommendations for kids up to age 12 and their families, including bilingual activities.
- KidsReads offers book reviews, features, contests, excepts from new releases, a blog, and author profiles and interviews for young readers and their parents. (Check out Teenreads for older youth, too.)
- The Stacks lets kids 8-14 play games, test skills and knowledge about books, work on writing activities and express opinions. They can connect with other readers on books, reading and authors on this well-moderated site.
- Scholastic: Writing with Writers allows students of all ages to collaborate with authors, editors and illustrators in exclusive workshops designed to guide them in many forms of writing to develop their skills.
A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. Author interviews, book reviews and lively book commentary are found here. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors.
- Florida Center for Reading Research
Multidisciplinary research center at Florida State University. FCRR explores all aspects of reading research—basic research into literacy-related skills for typically developing readers and those who struggle, studies of effective prevention and intervention, and psychometric work on formative assessment.
- Khan Academy
Their mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.
This site offers a lot for everyone. Students can find homework help, puzzles, online calculators, and more… teachers can take advantage of lesson plans, classroom resources, and career resources… there’s even a section for parents with lots of helpful information
- BrainPOP Jr.
The quizzes, games, lesson plans, videos, and other activities on this site are beautifully done and incredibly clear for students in levels K-3. Topics include telling time, geometry, data, fractions, measurement, as well as addition and subtraction.
- FUNBRAIN Math Zone
Students can select a grade level and playing piece and challenge themselves to beat all 25 animated math games at this fun site.
- 25 Best Websites for Teachers
How did we teach without the Internet? Our favorite sites simplify lesson planning, keep the classroom running smoothly, and engage students.
Other Helpful Websites
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.
- TIME for Kids
TIME, the trusted name in journalism, offers authentic journalism tailored for students. Explore how TIME for Kids supports your standards-based daily instruction while inspiring students to join the national discourse on current topics.
- Discovery Education
Discovery Education offers a wide variety of free family resources that you can trust to provide high quality, relevant material for you and your children. We invite you to take a look at our family activities, contests and a wealth of other resources that are vetted by Discovery Education and uniquely designed with parents in mind.
- NASA Kids Club
NASA provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions.
On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- KidsHealth – 10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School