Speakaboos is a great site to use on the SMARTBoard or the iPad with your early elementary students. Just visit http://speakaboos.com/free and sign up for access to their free resources. The free site gives you access to 25 different stories as well as songs, games, and printables. While the free resources are plentiful, there is also the option of a paid membership for either $4.99 a month or bulk pricing options for schools.
The story section contains fairy tales like Cinderella, popular characters like Arthur, and even stories in Spanish. There are many popular songs you can use in the classroom like The Wheels on the Bus. Speakaboos is a great addition to early reading classrooms!
One way to help your students master the Common Core ELA goals in the classroom is to use one of the stories with a graphic organizer. The students can watch the animated story of Goldilocks on Speakaboos and read along with the on screen text. They can then use a graphic organizer to sequence the story or answer guided reading questions using textual evidence to support their answers. They can also work on Speaking and Listening standards such as this 1st grade standard:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. This standard can be addressed by using a graphic organizer to compare the digital story with a text based version. Download our graphic organizer file from the Educator Resource Center.
Students can use any of the graphic organizers but graphic organizers like The Story Train or Author Tools will work particularly well for this activity!
How do you see yourself using Speakaboos in your classroom?