Digital Resources for Reading
Denton ISD Resources for Pre-K Teachers
Pre-K Students CAN Access District Resources from Home
The SSO is our Single Sign On portal for staff and students.
Students may log in from home to the SSO (http://sso.dentonisd.org) using their ID number and password. For pre-k students, most likely parents will be logging in for their student, so please securely share their student's school ID number and the generic password with them.
If you do not remember the generic password or need access to an ID number, please email your librarian. If you have parents that have trouble logging into SSO, please let your librarian know.
District Resources Staff Can Use for Virtual Learning
Library resources can be used to provide resources for lessons and activities. These resources are accessible in the SSO for staff and students.
In the SSO:
- You can find digital materials under the folder Library-Research. These resources come in English and Spanish. Ebsco, Gale and Britannica are available in over 30 other languages. Within the Gale databases, you will find National Geographic Kids and Kids Infobits that might have more age-appropriate resources for pre-k. PebbleGo is also inside the Library-Research folder in the SSO.
- Reading resources may be found under Library-ebooks and other. While we have digital books, not many are multi-use so students probably won't be reading the same book. Librarians will be available to help find books from our ebook platforms. Please let your librarian know if you need books that meet a certain criteria.
- Do you need videos to introduce or teach a subject? Look at the videos in Learn 360 and Discovery Education. Learn 360 has thousands of videos.
From the district website:
- Library Services has curated some resources and tips for virtual learning. The list is accessible from the Library Services website: https://sites.google.com/g.dentonisd.org/dentonisdlibraryhandbook/tab/virtual-instruction?authuser=0
- Pre-K Curriculum website: https://www.dentonisd.org/Page/98723
Don't forget that the SSO is your one-stop shop for district-approved resources for all students!
District-Approved Reading Resources in the SSO
TeachingBooks.net in the SSO
TeachingBooks has many resources to support reading books, such as lesson plans and author interviews. The site also has some full-book read alouds available by using this link: https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgia=1&adv=title&go=1&bookResource=reading_complete
For more ideas on how to use this resource for lesson planning, open this Google Doc created by TeachingBooks:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EhSLiRb6rwnZAAve765ksSLbbMwa18M4BJcmt-QrSIk/edit?usp=sharing
Tumblebooks in the SSO
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children. There are over 250 animated, talking picture books! The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, quizzes, and exciting games and puzzles!
MackinVIA, Destiny Discover and EBSCO eBooks
Our district-approved eBook platforms:
MackinVIA is a multi-award-winning, digital content management system that allows our students to read anytime, anywhere.
EBSCO eBooks collection is accessible in school and remotely, contains thousands of fiction and nonfiction e-book titles including familiar children’s stories and informative texts.
Follett Destiny Discover Destiny provides one interface for students and educators to search and access print and digital resources, including eBooks, audiobooks, and interactive books, as well as free and paid subscription databases.
Reading Resources Outside the SSO
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors including Oprah Winfrey, Rami Malek, Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Michelle Yeoh, David Harbour, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, and Betty White reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, helping to inspire a love of reading in children.
Storyline Online is available for free. https://www.storylineonline.net
If the website is down because of traffic, you can also go to their YouTube channel.
International Children's Digital Library
The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community.
ABDO Digital Bookshelf
PBS Learning Media
Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic has you covered with FREE engaging online resources and activities from our Scholastic Learn at Home site.
Bound to Stay Bound Educational Resources for Home
Resources for Virtual Field Trips
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Google Arts and Culture Museum Virtual Trips
Visit a Zoo or Aquarium Virtually
San Diego Zoo https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
Monterey Bay Aquarium https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams
NASA Virtual Field Trips YouTube Channel
Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips
Virtual Field Trips curated by Claudio Zavala, Jr.https://spark.adobe.com/page/ivvXh1PO55ley/
Common Sense Media Resources for Teachers
Get free tips and tools to support school closures and transitions to online and at-home learning.
Schedule for Online Kid Lit Events
Below is a calendar keeping track of kid lit events happening online. This calendar includes events like Mo Willem's Lunch Doodles and events from other popular picture book authors.
Google Calendar of Author Talks, Book Talks, Read Alouds and Activities:https://firstname.lastname@example.org&ctz=America/New_York&fbclid=IwAR32dROSDdl5M54X07e6uuK31uYmq2jfjtHf0KqxV4O3Tk-Anllc51Jz8hU&pli=1
Breakout EDU Fun @ Home
Breakout EDU has put together a collection of digital games that students can play at home. Students can click on any game and start playing!
They have a tutorial for parents and teachers that demonstrates how to find, share, and play Breakout EDU games at home. The Kindergarten-2nd games can be used for pre-k with the help of their families and older siblings.
Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization with free educational resources.
Creating and Sharing Read Aloud Videos
Recording read alouds without permission from the book's copyright holder is considered a copyright violation because it is changing the format of the original work (print to digital). This is a right given directly to the copyright holder.
However, many publishers and authors are granting temporary permission to create read aloud videos as long as they are posted to closed or password-protected platforms (such as Seesaw or Google Classroom) and are deleted within a specific time frame (such as 30 days from posting or the end of the current school year).
If you would like to create a read aloud video of yourself to share with students, please use a book from a publisher or author that has given specific permission to educators. Make sure to follow any guidelines the publishers have placed on educators.
Please be aware: Copyright Fair Use does not exist if the publisher has published terms and conditions. That is a license agreement and by agreeing to their terms you forfeit your Fair Use exemption. Many of the publishers state by posting a read-aloud online you agree to their terms and conditions.
Here is a link to a Google Sheet that Denton ISD librarians have started that lists publishers and authors who have given temporary permission for educators to record their books as read alouds. This document is still a work in progress, so you might check it regularly to see if any new publishers/authors have been added.
Our district legal department has also created a list of permissions that you can review here:
KERA Learn! Coronavirus Education Toolkit
From KERA Learn! website:
With many schools closed for an indefinite period to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, keeping kids educated and engaged requires special resources.
These tools and materials have been specially curated for parents and caregivers with school-aged children at home, as well as for educators who are teaching children remotely.
Free eBooks from Junior Library Guild @ Home
Open eBooks for Students and Families
"Open eBooks is a library containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from in-need communities. These eBooks can be read without checkouts or holds. The goal of Open eBooks is to encourage a love of reading and serve as a gateway to children reading even more often, whether in school, at libraries, or through other eBook reading apps." From OpeneBooks.net
Via First Book, I have been able to obtain access codes and pin numbers to share with families that will grant access to the Open eBooks digital library. Each student can receive a unique access code and pin, but families will need a device that they can download the app first. If you are interested in receiving these codes to share with families, please email your librarian. They will send you enough codes to share with all of your students and a letter for parents explaining how to access Open eBooks. Please Note: These codes are specifically for schools that are Title 1 or serve mostly low income families.
Epic! is offering FREE Remote Student Access
From the Epic! website:
Beginning today, we are offering FREE worldwide Remote Student Access to Epic through the end of the school year (June 30th, 2020), by teacher invitation — no credit card required. Families only need an invitation from their teacher to get started. Students will have anywhere, anytime access to the full Epic library on all devices (including web browsers, the iOS app and the Android app), and teachers can stay connected to their students by assigning books and collections and tracking reading activity and progress.
Region 11 ESC has created a site that provides instructional support materials for educators and parents. There will be weekly learning modules all grades, including pre-k. The Week 1 module is about bugs. There are online professional development and other resources for educators under the Bite-Sized PD for Districts/Campuses and the Educational Resources for All tabs. Information and resources for bilingual and SPED educators is under the Specialized Support tab.
Connect2Texas is a network of Texas-based educational content providers including museums, authors, and cultural, historical and scientific organizations. These providers utilize interactive videoconferencing to deliver live educational programs and professional development to school children and educators across the country. Bring the scientists, experts, and authors directly to your students without leaving the classroom!
edWeb.net: A Free Resource for Online Professional Development
"edWeb.net is a free social network and professional learning community that can help you with online learning and collaboration, especially as we cope with the spread of the coronavirus.
edWeb is for professionals in education (not students). You can use edWeb.net to create free online communities for your staff, schools, and districts that can be public or private, and include many tools for collaboration. Use an edWeb community as a hub where you can plug in additional tools, like a Zoom room, for example, if you’re using Zoom for video conferencing while working remotely."
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