Melinda Austin
    Mrs. Melinda Austin
    Literacy Coach
             I am a district literacy coach for Greenwood District 50. Over the past 34 years, I have had opportunities to work in both elementary and middle school classrooms.   As a literacy coach, I trained at The Ohio State University. This training has enabled me to place a focus on both the teaching and learning of the elementary and intermediate students in our district.   If you need to contact me, I can be reached at austinm@gwd50.org.    


    Reading on iPads can take many forms, and I love the new mobile app from Newsela. This powerful resource for readers shares news articles daily -- at the perfect reading level for children. Kids and their parents can toggle between different Lexile levels to find articles that are just right for independent reading. It's a great way for families to include informational text on their summer reading list. The Newsela app lets you easily search for articles so that kids are sure to find a topic to pique their interest. 

    Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids (Subscription required for full access)

    This e-reader app is designed for students age 12 and under. Epic! is a subscription-based iPad app that gives users access to thousands of books and the ability to set up user profiles for different family members. Kids can earn badges for reading accomplishments and keep track of how many books they've finished. Discover the Ocean is great summer choice from Epic!'s library for students who want to know more about life at the coast. Children preparing for the new school year and excited to enter the next grade will like Step Fourth, Mallory.

    CommonLit - https://www.commonlit.org  -   CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 5-12.
    Cool Summer Reading and Learning for Middle School Kids: Author Susan Curtis highlights some of the most useful websites, ideas, and strategies for helping middle school students stay active readers during the summer. Included are links to reading lists, online reading contests, and ideas for practicing reading with tech tools. Also check out Awesome Apps for the Six Traits of Writing, from WeAreTeachers, for improving writing skills with apps during the summer. 
    NY Times -  The Learning Network   http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/category/lesson-plans/common-core/?_r=0               
    Tween Tribune - http://tweentribune.com/   Features topics about animals, fashion, entertainment, school, science, technology, national and world news written by kids and professional journalists.
    ReadWorks - https://www.readworks.org/  ReadWorks is committed to solving America’s reading comprehension crisis and student achievement gap. Driven by cognitive science research, ReadWorks creates world-class content, teacher guidance, and integrated tools that improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.
    Read Theory - https://readtheory.org/ - Read Theory is a powerful educational tool that offers online reading activities for all ages and ability levels. Our custom web application adapts to students' individual ability levels and presents them with thousands of skill building exercises that suit their needs.
    Article of the Week - Kelly Gallagher - http://www.kellygallagher.org/article-of-the-week/
    Vocabulary.com Vocabulary.com combines the world's smartest dictionary with an adaptive learning game that will have you mastering new words in no time.
    Wonderpolis - https://wonderopolis.org/ -  Wonderopolis® is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, we pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways.
Last Modified on October 17, 2019