In the past year, educators have been forced to quickly adapt and find solutions to serve virtual learning needs; and English Language Arts (ELA) teachers are no exception. In this blog post, we have compiled a comprehensive list to help you find the best ELA websites and resources for K-12 reading and writing.
Educators can often feel overwhelmed by a wide range of edtech choices so we have done our best categorize different websites and include descriptions for how they might be best used in your classroom. Our list has useful and informative resources to help teach reading & writing skills to students at all K-12 grade levels. It includes links to games for younger students, helpful tools, online communities, and more. If you would like to save the list for future reference, add the webmix on Symbaloo or follow our Education Webspace.
In search of more great edtech resources? Symbaloo has also created lists to help educators identify the best websites across multiple subjects, including: math, science, social studies, coding, and social-emotional learning. There is even a list of the best podcasts for educators!
Raz-Kids features over 400 interactive, downloadable eBooks and comprehension quizzes for K-5 students. Their leveled reading system also helps ensure that kids can find the perfect book for their reading level!
Reading Eggs includes hundreds of online reading lessons, games, and books to help children learn to read. It places an emphasis on learning to read with phonics and is made for kids aged 2-13.
ReadTheory is a free online program that focuses on improving reading comprehension at all grade levels. It also provides insightful reporting that allows educators to easily track the progress of their entire class.
With Biblionasium, kids can connect with friends, parents and teachers to share and recommend their favorite books. It provides a safe community where students can show off virtual bookshelves, track reading progress, and earn rewards.
ReadWorks is an excellent tool to improve reading comprehension at all K-12 grade levels. It includes free access to thousands of high-quality articles and encourages teachers to create online assignments for students.
Goodreads is the world’s largest online community of booklovers. Find reviews, ratings, and user-created lists for all types of books. It’s a great resource to do research, track reading progress, or find your next book!
ABCya! has online learning games aligned with Common Core Standards for grades Pre-K through 6+. The site features content for many different subjects, including ELA games like Alphabet Bingo, Submarine Spelling and Parts of Speech.
ABCmouse includes educational games, puzzles, and lessons for children aged 2-8. Their online curriculum includes leveled content to teach reading, math, science, and art.
Funbrain features hundreds of games, videos, and books created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8. Students develop their reading and literacy skills in a fun and interactive online environment.
Arcademics is an award-winning platform with free educational games for K-8 students. Students can have fun playing together and may choose from many subjects including Language Arts and Spelling.
PBS KIDS is a very popular website with games, videos, and educational content for young learners. Children may recognize content that uses characters from shows like Curious George, Wild Kratts, Clifford, and more!
BrainPOP teaches students about words and their usage. Students improve reading, writing, grammar, and study skills through interactive lessons. The site also features information about famous authors and their books.
Engage your students with worksheets, games, lesson plans, and more from Education.com. Their ELA games help to teach reading and writing to young learners in Pre-K through 7th grade.
Starfall provides educational content in the form of games, videos, and books for children in grades Pre-K through 3. It is especially effective for special education, homeschooling, and English language development.
Quill offers free grammar and writing resources for elementary, middle, and high school students. They provide unique, interactive tools and reporting that are easy to use and set up in your classroom.
Write About describes itself as a classroom writing community and publishing platform that was built by teachers. It helps students improve writing skills, digital literacy, and digital citizenship.
Boomwriter helps inspire students in grades 2-12 to become better creative writers. It benefits educators by providing relevant writing activities, detailed reporting, and an effective platform for communication and feedback.
StoriumEDU is a unique and innovative tool that gamifies creative writing for students. Young writers are motivated to write their own, original stories through a fun and collaborative process.
Underlined is an online writing community for teen and young adult book lovers. Students can use the platform to find and share recommendations, writing advice, and other great content!
Time4Writing provides online writing courses and lessons for elementary, middle, and high school grades. Students can get 1-to-1 guidance from certified teachers and access courses from anywhere.
Storyline Online is a very popular site that features a large selection of children’s books, read aloud by actors and celebrities like Elijah Wood, Betty White, and Oprah Winfrey.
Epic! is an online library with over 40,000 books, audiobooks, and videos for kids 12 and under. Students can personalize their reading choices while educators are able to track their progress along the way.
Students and teachers alike can use the Grammarly browser extension to help improve their writing, spelling, and grammar. The innovative tool uses AI to help guide corrections and suggestions to users.
NoRedInk is a popular platform aimed at improving students’ writing and grammar skills for grades 5-12. It provides personalized instruction and is aligned to state and national standards.
Choosito is an safe, education-based search engine that provides results to match a students’ reading level. Resources are also filtered by subject and educators can create collections of different websites to share with students.
Whooo’s Reading improves reading comprehension and writing skills for K-8 students by integrating open-ended questions, positive feedback, and accountability. It also provides automated quiz results and allows educators to see student progress!
At CommonLit, you can choose a reading lesson, share it with students, and track their progress in one easy tool. The reading program has a free collection of literacy and non-fiction genres for grades 3-12.
Turnitin provides tools to deter plagiarism and promote original writing and academic integrity. It also helps educators to streamline grading and feedback to be more efficient.
ThinkCERCA uses a research-based approach to improve writing and critical thinking skills among students. Through a case study, the software and curriculum was shown to help students achieve two years of reading growth within a single school year.
ReadWriteThink has content for both students and teachers. The site provides classroom resources like lesson plans and student interactives as well as professional development resources for educators.
Scholastic has been a staple in schools and classrooms for decades. Their website offers online book reading, reading comprehension courses, and literacy resources.
LightSail has a suite of useful tools and content to help K-12 students improve literacy, writing, and vocabulary. Their digital library includes over 80,000 book titles with built-in features and assessments for students that are aligned with Common Core standards.
NaNoWriMo is a free-to-use, nonprofit organization that helps writers track progress, set milestones, and connect with a vast community of peers who can help. If you are writing a novel or interested in creative writing, this is the place to be!
The NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program (YWP) supports writers and aspiring authors who are under-18. It helps K-12 students and educators to track progress, set goals, and improve creative writing through practice.
Power Poetry is a large online community for teen poets. On this platform, students can share their work, create or join groups, and find tips and resources for improving their poetry.
Storyboard That provides free software to help users create digital storyboards and comics online. The versatile tool is used by students, educators, businesses and even filmmakers. For educators, it includes over 2,000 lesson plans and activities to help guide students.
Storybird features creativity tools to help students improve their writing skills. It also includes online courses and over 700 writing challenges, created by educators and expert authors.
Elementari is a unique K-12 online platform that blends different topics and helps students learn to read, write, and code their own interactive books. It offers thousands of illustrations, animations, and sounds to promote collaborative creation!
Book Creator is an easy way to make digital books online – on PCs, Chromebooks, iPads, or tablets. You can combine text, images, audio and video to create all kinds of books, such as: interactive stories, research journals or comic adventures.
StoryJumper provides an easy way for students (or educators) to create, narrate, and publish their own hardcover and paperback books. Users can also read or listen to books that have been published by the worldwide community.
Symbaloo is the perfect platform to save, organize, and share your favorite ELA websites and educational resources. Use square tiles to save your favorite online links into a grid-like structure called a “webmix”. Then, share that webmix in any number of ways!
(See the webmix at the top of this page for an example of what you can do!)