Informational Texts you can use
Need some free informational texts on just about every subject? Try one of these websites.
Newsela– is a free resource that has all kinds of articles rewritten for different lexile levels. There is a quiz with each article with SAGE-like questions for your students. You will need a free account.
Smithsonian’s TweenTribune – is by the Smithsonian people. Like Newsela, this site has interesting, timely articles written on different lexile levels and you will need a free account to access the articles
Wonderopolis – is a website that encourages exploration and curiosity. Each “wonder” has supporting materials with it – vocabulary, text and a video.
This is one your students will need a device or computer to enjoy fully.
Google News Archives Primary Documents, all scanned and ready for your students to access. A treasure of newspapers, some as far back as the 1700’s. Fascinating!
DOGO News This one has a little bit of everything: news, books and even movies. This site asks for reviews from students – a perfect way for students to write for an authentic audience. This is a “robust” online network. Give yourself some time to explore it if you plan on using it You will need a free account with this one, too.