Links & Resources
Ms. Gallo’s Favorite Links and Resources
Dear St. Giles,
As the Learning Resource Specialist, it is my pleasure to share some links to websites and activities I have found beneficial when serving my students in the areas of math and reading.
For starters, Learning Ally is an accredited website for audio learners. It comes highly recommended from the Oak Park Public Schools to serve students who have reading needs, especially in the areas of fluency and comprehension. Members are able to download hundreds audiobooks from their listening library that serve to supplement novels that students are required to read in school. http://learningally.org
Next, for students in the primary grades, I would recommend an app which can easily downloaded on an individual I-pad, called EPIC. A first grade teacher friend of mine recently passed the name along this app to me, and I was impressed. Her first graders listen to stories during their reading stations time and throughly enjoy it. If a family does not have an I-pad at to use, one can easily Google “Epic Reading” and can obtain a free membership on a home computer.
Then, for middle and upper school students who need practice with a math specific concept, I would encourage you to explore the Khan Academy and Virtual Nerd websites. In my view, these free, tutorial video do an excellent job explaining and/or reteaching a math skill to their audiences. There is literally a match to any concept under the sun. http://khanacademy.org & http://vitualnerd.com
In addition, ask your child about a Quizlet.com and the Kahoot website. Quizlet is a favorite with my students, and I have observed our middle and junior high classrooms interacting on the sites.
Speaking of favorites, student centered games are sure fire hits with my students. To enhance your child’s vocabulary development, how about you and the family play The $100,000 Pyramid or Pictionary the night before a test or quiz? Send me an email and I would be happy to pass along the instructions to these fun learning games.
Last, if you and your student is looking for some engaging online math games, give Chinese Mathjong or Connect Four a try. These interactive math games are a new twist on two of my old favorites that I played as a youngster. www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/arithmeticfour is the web address for Connect Four and www.mathjong.com is the web address for Mathjong.
I would encourage you to find the time and give these activities and websites a whirl with your child. It is my hope that you will be thrilled with my recommendations and your child’s skills will be strengthened this academic school year.
Remember to find the positive in any situation.
Enjoy the beauty of Fall,