Teaching virtually in a lot of cases means starting from scratch as far as re-thinking resources that translate to the online world. I’ve rounded up a list of free and paid fall digital resources! I hope these can be helpful in your planning for engaging, virtual learning.
One of my favorite reading centers is Listen to Reading. In past years, I’ve used Symbaloo to organize digital read alouds for students to choose from. And it worked well. But now with the virtual classroom craze, I’ve found this even more visual way to display books read aloud on YouTube. I made one for back to school books and it was so fun I knew I needed to make more!
You can download a copy for free here.
So, this isn’t really “fall-themed” but still a useful and FREE resource that can make virtual or hybrid learning go more smoothly. I realized that there was an extreme need to store tech troubleshooting tips in one spot for students and their families to be able to reference. I created this “help desk” center that is editable to include your district’s information for reaching tech support. I’ve also included the most common tech issues with a page of troubleshooting solutions. You can download it for free on TpT here.
Now that we’ve settling into our routines, whether that be virtually or in person, groups for reading should be starting. This might look different this year but we know that small group instruction is critical for growing our readers. I developed some before, during and after reading activities that will be great for online or socially-distanced learning.
Activities include: word work, pre-reading questions, vocabulary, and comprehension for fiction and nonfiction. Find more about it here: Digital Guided Reading
Teaching writing online is one of teachers’ biggest challenges. Writing should be a cycle of practice and timely feedback. This digital writing journal provides the opportunity for students to respond to engaging, seasonally themed prompts. It supports writers with tools to help them get started (sentence starters, word banks, idea generator tools) and allows for teachers to provide feedback directly in the journal for students to reference. This is available in Google Slides and can be found here.
Due to my switch to a position as a Reading Specialist, math has taken a seat on the back burner for me. It has been hard because I LOVE MATH! I love teaching math and I love making math resources. So when I saw these digital math centers by my friend Alisha @MissingToothGrins, I had to share! She is so talented and these centers look like so much fun! Check them out here.