Friday, August 8, 2014

You Oughta Know About...

Today I'm linking up with Mrs. McClain from Buzzing with Mrs. McClain for the monthly You Oughta Know blog hop! We'll be sharing teaching tips & advice, websites, products, or anything else teachers just oughta know! 

There is a whole lineup of teachers that would love to share their {lovely} finds with you. 

At the end of my post, you'll be able to view the list!

Now I think you oughta know about one of my all-time 
favorite storybook websites... Storyline Online.

Here are the 5 top reasons why I love & You Oughta Know 
about StoryLine:

Reason 1:
StoryLine is F.R.E.E!

You can choose from a variety of well known authors like Kevin Henkes & David Shannon for free! Yes, I said, Free!

Reason 2: 
There is no sign up required!

Have you ever felt like there are so many terrific websites but not enough time to go through the username and password registration?

Don't fret! StoryLine does not require any type of login info! YAY! 
How easy is that?! 

All you have to do is go to the website and choose by title, author, or reader... 

Like this:

Reason 3:
The stories are read aloud! 

Once you choose a story, simply click on it and play it! 
I usually play the stories on my SmartBoard but you could even have your students listen to a story on a computer or device by themselves.

Betty White reads, Harry the Dirty Dog.

Reason 4:
There are activity guides for the stories!

In my classroom I make sure that I am reading stories for a purpose which go along with the skills or units that I am teaching. 

From time to time I browse StoryLine & the activity guides to see how the stories tie into what I am teaching at the time.

Here's a portion of the 1st page of the guide for Harry the Dirty Dog.

Reason 5:
You can turn on Closed Captioning for students to read along!

I am a HUGE fan of turning on the closed captioning so the students can see the words and read along with the author. 

It's simple! Just hit the "CC" button on the bottom of the video!
And, there you have it! Text for your students to read!


  1. I LOVE Betty White!!!! I can't wait to try this!

  2. I love this! Your idea about turning the cc on so that ALL the students can read along with the celebrity author is awesome! Teaching Science With Lynda

  3. I have actually watched the Betty White video where she reads Harry, The Dirty Dog. It is wonderful! This is a great, fun resource.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Best wishes!

  4. Melissa,
    I love Storyline's so much fun!! And the actors read them so well!! I like to use them for brain breaks and inside recess. It's not really a movie right! It's a read aloud!) ;) Thank you soo much for sharing!!

  5. I was so excited to find your post for the You Oughta Know Blog Hop, I'm your newest follower. I've pinned you too!
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