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Dear Otto: I need reading resources for ELL/ESL

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Here’s a great question I got from Shelley:

Tomorrow is a half day planning day so I can’t wait to look at all of the websites you have for 1st grade. I’m wondering what recommendations can you give for ELL/ESL students? One of my student’s home language is Spanish and the other home language is Pashto. Thank you for any recommendations!

I found three websites that share story books in lots of languages:

  • BookBox
  • Children’s International Library
  • Sounding Board–create custom boards using AbleNet symbols or your own photos; designed for children with autism or other special ed needs
  • Speak-all–designed to help children with special needs learn the process of constructing sentences.
  • Talk and Touch–create custom buttons that ‘talk’ when pushed
  • TapTapSee–takes pictures and speaks aloud what the object is. Designed to help the blind and visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their daily lives.
  • World Library

I found this great list of Digital Storytelling websites on Dr. Helen Barrett’s wonderful site. These are all for ESL students:

I’d sure like a longer list. Anyone have some they would recommend?

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculumK-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blogger, a columnist for, featured blogger for Technology in EducationIMS tech expert, and a monthly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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