Good Nonfiction Websites for Students
In this Education Week article on literacy instruction in the computer age, Liana Heitin recommends the following free websites for student reading and research on nonfiction topics:
- Wonderopolis www.wonderopolis.org from the National Center for Families Learning has daily articles about science, social studies, math, and other subjects.
- Newsela www.newsela.com features daily news articles, each one written at five different reading levels.
- BrainPOP – www.brainpop.com has short animated videos in science, social studies English, math, health, engineering, and the arts.
- The Kids Should See This www.thekidshouldseethis.com has more than 2,500 educational videos on a range of topics, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
- Tween Tribune www.tweentribune.com, hosted by the Smithsonian, is geared to 8-15-year-olds and features daily high-interest news articles at four different reading levels.
“How Should Elementary Schools Teach Reading in An Age of Computers?” by Liana Heitin in Education Week, November 9, 2016 (Vol. 36, #12, p. 8-11), www.edweek.org