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Some of My Favorite Online Resources

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These websites are some that I use.  As I create new resources for you, it's clear that there are some things, like math worksheets and leveled readers, that I just don't have time to create.   Here are some resources that I find helpful with explanations of "why."

The Math Worksheet Site

Although this site does sell a membership for it's more elaborate online resources, the pages I use are free.  I especially like the fact that the numbers are large enough for students with disabilities.  I am using the Harcourt math program approved by the state department of education, but the type on the worksheet pages are miniscule, and the density is something I find frighten students with disabilities. 

Each of the operations has a number of options, single digit and multiple digit numbers,  horizontal and vertical problems. It also has a number of ways to manipulate the choices before the random generator creates your worksheets.  You can limit the range of the digits you use to create your problems and the number of problems. 

Money Instructor

Money Instructor is also a free site, although you have to register.  They offer a variety of different money activities in the subscription part of their site, but for my purposes, which is generally review and counting practice, the free pages are fine. 

The coins on the page are clear and when you have a color printer, are in color.   They are simple enough that children without strong visual acuity are able to distinguish quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.  You can  limit the denominations of coins to one (counting nickels, or dimes, or quarters or even pennies) or two denominations at once.   One worksheet asks the children to mark off the coins needed to reach a specific denomination.  I find that bingo markers are great for this.

Intervention Central

Intervention Central is a site designed to support Response to Intervention.  It provides excellent resources for data collection and ongoing assessment.

I especially like the the Reading Fluency Passage Generator.  I use it to create running records, which I find are excellent ways to guage student progress.  I type in a passage from what we are currently reading of one hundred words or more.  The gnerator gives a choice of reading level measures:  I like Dale Chall, and Flesch Kinkaid,  but there are 9 different measures you can use.   It will generates a running record with a word count for the administrator, and the passage, double spaced for your student.

You can also create math probes and choose the operation and level. 

Reading A - Z

This is a subscription program, but in my mind, well worth the cost.  It has hundreds of leveled readers, using an alphabetic system from aa (pre-primer) to 6th grade levels.  I find it's a great resource, since most of the non-fiction uses pictures so the books are "age appropriate" for students in middle school and high school.  I'm using these books with a couple of my lower functioning students who do have language and some reading skills.  The topics are broad and of great interest. 

These books are attractive and great tools for both teaching reading and supporting language development in students with autism.  You will also find lesson plans, worksheets and related skills for each book.

RAZ Kids

RAZ Kids is a multimedia presentation of the Reading A to Z books and part of the whole Learning A to Z suite of educational programs.  With a bundle of Reading A to Z and RAZ kids, you can use the two programs together:  I am going to order RAZ Kids this week and use it with stories I have read with my students after we have read it together.  

I'll only use if after reading the story with them. I want to model the reading and have the students echo read before they watch it on RAZ Kids.  I'm concerned they may just memorize what they hear in the program without ever entirely gaining fluency, either in reading or later in communication. Still, this is a great program to use with students who may never gain fluency in reading.

EdHelper

Edhelper is an online resource center that provides reading, math, language arts and social studies materials.  At $19.99 for a year's subscription, it's a bargain, and provides lots of different ways to supplement curricular materials. 

I do have a couple of caveats:  the reading selections are authentic, but the text tends to be crowded on the page, and the illustrations are marginally attractive.   I find for disabled readers, there is just way too much print on a page.  Even if you use a larger font, it still pushes the text out to the edges, which I believe overwhelms students with disabilities.  The same is true of the math pages.  I usually cut math activities in half with a scizzors, so my students don't feel overwhelemed.

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