Summer Resources

WISD Dyslexia Department

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Summer is a time to kick back and relax and we hope you and your family enjoy this time immensely!

During this time of relaxation, we would like to provide some FUN, free resources for students to practice what they have learned this year. We encourage you to build in some time each day or week to encourage reading exposure, through listening or active practice in reading skills.

We appreciate your partnership and look forward to working with you during the 2022-2023 school year.

-WISD Dyslexia Department



WISD partners with Learning Ally to provide access to audiobooks. This classroom resource is available all summer long and is a great way to encourage students to keep reading/listening to books they love. Learning Ally provides free access to over 80,000 human-narrated books.

Students sign in via CLASSLINK

Turn Summer Slide into Summer Success!

Summer learning loss is real. Research shows that an average of six weeks in the fall are spent relearning material that was forgotten during the summer. You can eliminate summer learning loss by participating in Summer Reading Together. Plus, you’ll give them a chance to win great prizes, including a $100 gift card for four overall winners.

What Can Kids Win?

Four kids win each month and four-win at the end of the summer for overall reading across June, July, and August. Monthly prizes include digital gift cards! End of summer winners also receive a special digital gift card. Top kids who read the most pages or who have the most days spent reading will win!

Online Resources for K-5


Reading Buddies

What do a dog, a girl, and a robot have in common? First and foremost, Dusty, Dott, and Alphabott are best friends. But they are also reading buddies! Dusty loves to talk, but learning to read is a new skill. With the help of Dott and Alphabott, he discovers that it can be so much fun! Along the way, the friends practice letters, sounds and reading words, improvise stories, get letters from their globe-trotting friend Otto, practice social skills, and so much more. We hope you’ll become a Reading Buddy!

A fun, foundational reading TV series for students PreK-3. The show instructs three important underlying components of skillful word reading: phonological awareness, letter names/sounds, and blending sounds to decode words accurately.


Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.

Storyline Online receives over 140 million views annually from children all over the world.

Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Teachers use Storyline Online in their classrooms, and doctors and nurses play Storyline Online in children’s hospitals.

Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Online Resources for Secondary Students

Neuhaus Academy

Free Vocabulary Tutorials for Adolescent to Adult Learners.

If you are a high school aged or adult learner who needs help improving your reading skills, Neuhaus Academy offers simple, powerful reading tutorials on specific words chosen to expand your vocabulary and enhance your overall reading ability. You can take these courses on your own, or as part of lessons assigned by your school. Whether they are assigned by teachers or not, they are always free to you, the learner, and you can review them any time to maintain and improve your reading proficiency.

The lessons are designed to be flexible, so they can be scheduled by teachers or taken on your own schedule. Each word lesson has two parts, one focused on spelling and pronunciation, and the other on meaning and usage. Each part includes a short video, review quiz and practice exercises, and there is also a spelling exercise focused on related words to extend your knowledge of the word parts and concepts to a broader application. The Neuhaus Academy learning system will not only help improve your general reading and comprehension skills, it may also help you prepare for standardized testing.


Tech Free Options:

Dice Dots for Sight Words, Comprehension and Vocabulary

Using Dice to practice vocabulary words or unknown words from a story:

1 dot= draw the word

2 dots= write meaning

3 dots= use in a sentence

4 dots= write a synonym for the word

5 dots= write an antonym for the word

6 dots= write it in cursive

or to practice sight words:

1 dot= write the word using other hand

2 dots= write the word fast

3 dots= write the word with eyes closed

4 dots= write the word with color or in a fancy way

5 dots= write the word using all capitals

6 dots= write the word using tiny letters

Phonics Piles

"Phonics Piles"- Make piles or use baskets to gather items that begin/end with the same sound (ex: items that begin with (sh) or (k))

Comprehension Activity

Illustrate your favorite part of a book.

Use "Somebody/Wanted/But/So/Then" to retell a story.

Rewrite or illustrate the ending to the story in your own way.

Sight Words

Sight Word Practice (would need to provide sight word list): write with sand/salt, shaving program, paint, etc. or make a mini book of sight words (write the word and illustrate it on each page), time yourself reading a list of sight words and try to beat your own time & make a bar graph of your times

What Do You See?

Check out the everyday things you see. Cereal boxes, street signs, labels, etc.. What do you notice? Is there a digraph in that word? How about a final stable syllable?

Rhyming, Blending, Segmenting

Practice rhyming words. I am thinking of a cat. What words rhyme with cat? Hat, sat, bat..

Practice blending words. What word does this make? Sun-shine, sunshine! (b) (a) (t) is bat!

Segmenting words. What is the word flake without the (f) sound? Lake!

Read, Read, Read!

Read stories to your child. Ask questions about the story!

Have children read to you!

Flash Cards

Create flashcards using letters, numbers, objects, vocabulary, and sight words

Play Games

Board games like Boggle, Scrabble and other games are great for children! You can even use the letter tiles/cubes to create words that have certain graphemes.

Puzzles and memory games

Games that support Sequencing..."What comes first".


Handwriting- Multisensory Activities to practice letter formation

The handwriting activities below were provided by Dysgraphia Life.

Try putting regular paper on top of sandpaper while writing with crayons or colored pencils for a more tactile feel. For younger kids, you can also buy sandpaper letters to help teach proper letter formation with a sensory element.

You can also have kids write letters or words with their fingers in course sand. Our very favorite two-color sand comes from the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education but you can also easily purchase regular or colored sand other places.

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