Have you heard of Storyline Online???
Basically, Storyline Online is an online video streaming program featuring SAG members reading children’s books aloud. The Screen Actors Guild Foundation complied a collection of wonderful children’s literature (including Patricia Pollaco, Davin Shannon, and Chris Van Allsburg) read by actors and actresses including Betty White, Amanda Bynes, and Al Gore to name a few.
As the nice people read the story, the illustrations are shown for the kids to see, and there’s some animation. It’s super engaging for the kiddos! Each story is pretty quick- about 5 -10 minutes, especially handy when you have that strange 6 ½ minute block of time to fill.
It also comes with wonderful resources for each story to extend learning! And it’s free!!! Check it out if you haven’t already!!!
I’ve used Storyline Online for:
With genre/author studies
When I have a sore throat and don’t
feel like want to
do read aloud
For guest teachers
In other news...
Today, one of my little friends told me (with a very distressed look on her face), “Mrs. P, I think I’m going to have a very hard time in school today. Mostly I can’t write.”
I said: “Why??? What happened???” (Thinking: Broken arm? Smashed fingers? Emotional trauma…?)
She said: “I have a hang nail.”
She said: “I got it two days ago and it really hurts.”
Those darn hang nails, right??? I tried the same excuse with my teacher when I got to my class this evening. She didn’t buy it.