General Literacy Websites for Educators (K-3)

General Literacy (for Educators)

  1. BBC Bitesize and – BBC has education-related webpages in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling and grammar. Students can play games, read, watch videos and take quizzes on various literacy topics.
  2. Better Lesson Plans – Has over 1.4 million members and offers over a million community lessons as well as thousands of lesson plans from Master Teachers, a highly selective group of the nation’s best educators.
  3. Book Adventure – Suitable for students in grades K-8, Book Adventure has a dual mission in the world of online reading education. First, the service is designed to help early learners master the basic concepts of reading comprehension and the principles of literacy. Second, to encourage a lifelong passion for learning. Each “adventure” excites children about reading books and gives them a new goal that will push them toward more independent reading outside the bounds of each lesson.
  4. Bookopolis – Use Bookopolis to set up a safe, private social network for your students’ free reading or in-class reading assignments. Students can browse and discover books that interest them.  After students are done reading, they can complete their review of the book as well as a book report. Teachers can comment on the reading logs, reports, reviews and track student reading by group or by individual. There is a separate login for students, parents and teachers.
  5. Busy Teacher – Browse the database of 17,300 free printable worksheets and lesson plans for teaching English. It will save you hours in preparation time. No registration required.
  6. Carl’s Corner – This website has been created to provide resources and materials for classroom teachers, reading and resource speciali
    sts, speech therapists, parents and students in the area of language arts.
  7. Centre for Equitable Library Access – CELA is Canada’s comprehensive accessible reading service, providing books and other materials to Canadians with print disabilities in the formats of their choice.  Educators working in K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions may register for the Educator Access Program.
  8. Centre for Literacy in Primary Education – Ensuring that every K-6 student has access to quality experiences of literacy and that all teachers have the knowledge and resources to support children become confident, happy and enthusiastic readers and writers, with all the benefits this brings.  
  9. CommonLit – A non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that students graduate with the reading, writing, communication and problem-solving skills they need to be successful. Provides teachers with all the resources needed to set students up for success; built on a foundation of over 2,000 high-quality free reading passages starting at grade 3 and complimented by interim assessments, growth-oriented data and teacher development.
  10. Common Sense Education (Digital Citizenship) – All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. This award-winning K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum: addresses top concerns for schools, prepares students with critical 21st-century skills and supports educators with training and recognition. Free ready-to-teach K-12 lessons provided to address the changing needs of a classroom.
  11. Crabtree Plus An online learning resource where students can continue their learning and have fun while they do it. Kids can watch animated videos that help make concepts easier to understand and play interactive games and activities that help them put what they’ve learned to work.
  12. Creative Educator – Articles are designed to provide an informed and diverse view of today’s educational technology field, including fresh ideas about project-based learning, classroom management, and creativity. The classroom stories illustrate how K – 12 educators are already utilizing creativity tools in their classrooms and the lesson plans provide specific ideas, resources, and directions that make implementing creative work with technology even easier.
  13. Curio.ca – The collection features thousands of programs and hundreds of teacher resource guides carefully curated to support provincial K-12 curricula. Available in both English and French. A great tool to help students develop critical-thinking skills. Every week, new content is selected for its educational relevance (commercial-free) including the documentaries, news, drama, and children’s programming.
  14. EdAlive Central – EdAlive started in Australia in 1986. Parents and teachers can individually target each student’s learning needs using a variety of applications concentrating on math, reading and word skills.
  15. EdHelper – An online subscription service that provides printable worksheets for teachers and homeschooling parents. There is an ability to create, save, and edit word lists that can be used to make personalized reading, spelling, and vocabulary worksheets and puzzles.
  16. Education.com – Offers lots of reading and writing worksheets on a variety of topics. Great for launching a lesson, reinforcing skills, evaluating comprehension and so much more. There are many featured companion guided lesson plans and related learning resources to round out your instruction.
  17. Education City – There are whiteboard activities that teachers can present in class or students can play activities. Activities illustrate lessons in clever ways by featuring high-quality graphics and characters that help personalize the experience. Free resources are released monthly to help teachers celebrate historical dates or holidays and they include lesson plans, activities, posters or reference sheets.
  18. Education Quizzes – Active Recall is one of the best practices to consolidate classroom learning. This website has over 3,000 teacher-written quizzes to choose from. Although it is a subscription service, there is a limited free option allowing up to 15 questions per day without subscribing.
  19. Enchanted Learning – Ease of use is the hallmark of their material. It provides clear, simple computer interface and material that has been created so that the navigation and controls are intuitive. Much of the information is free to view but a subscription is necessary to be able to print in PDF format.
  20. English for Everyone – is a resource for printable English worksheets. They offer a large variety of accurate and concise skill building resources geared towards a range of grade/ability levels. Resources are visually appealing, straightforward, easy to locate, and capture the essence of the English language. No registration is required to access these resources. 
  21. English Maven – Offers a large variety of accurate and concise skill building resources geared towards a range of grade/ability levels. Resources are visually appealing, straightforward, easy to locate, and capture the essence of the English language. No registration is required to access these resources.
  22. English Worksheets Land – English Worksheets Land is the creation of two dozen teachers. Every month, new worksheets are created for grades K-8. Many of the worksheets are offered for free but to make the most of the wealth of information, a paid membership is necessary. 
  23. ESpark Learning – An adaptive, online program that provides K-5 math and reading instruction at each student’s level. It is designed to accelerate student growth at any level and designed to give rich insights into student learning.
  24. Every Child a Reader – Creates and supports programs that strive to make the reading and enjoyment of books an essential part of daily life and a lifelong joy by providing free resources to all educators and parents to share with children and teens. Four popular and long-running Every Child a Reader cornerstone programs include: Get Caught Reading (posters), Children’s Book Week, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and The Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards.
  25. Flocabulary – Using hip hop as an inspiration to creating eye-catching lessons, each lesson showcases a video, a vocab card/game, read and response, quiz and a lyric lab. It engages students in a completely different way. Note: there are limitations to individual teachers accounts.
  26. Fluency and Fitness + – With videos and task cards, this program helps K-2 with reading and other literacy skills by being active in both mind and body. It is perfect for literacy centres, brain breaks, literacy blocks or even indoor recess.
  27. Flyleaf Publishing: Books to Remember decision was made the decision to extend the free use of Flyleaf’s online materials portal through the 2021-2022 school year.  They are working to develop a permanent solution for an online subscription to our materials, but rest assured that we will not take away access to our materials portal until we have an excellent solution for you.
  28. Free Reading Program – It is a robust K – 6 online learning program with 266 learning units and over 3600 interactive learning activities designed to engage young learners. The activities are based on leading educational research and effective teaching practices. The program is incredibly effective and has been used in over 20,000 schools across North America. Highly recommend for teachers with no budget.
  29. Headsprout – Part of the Learning A-Z series, it is designed to tailor its instruction to the needs and learning pace of every student. Its patented research-based teaching methods have been tested and verified in real classroom environments to improve kids’ reading skills at various reading levels, from non-readers and early readers to established readers already reading above their grade level.
  30. Help Teaching – Build reading and writing skills with the growing collection of (K-12) ELA worksheets and online English worksheets for grammar, vocabulary, spelling, literature, and reading strategies. Not everything is free on the website – a lot of the resources are only available under the PRO plan.
  31. Imagine Learning – Provides a complete suite of adaptive digital curriculum and assessment solutions for PreK–8 that delivers unmatched excellence in language development—accelerating learning across subjects for all students. 
  32. IXL – From phonics and reading comprehension to writing strategies and more, IXL helps learners develop the communication skills needed for success. Using insights from the Real-Time Diagnostic, IXL creates a personalized action plan for each student. Track individual students’ growth toward milestones, whether they’re working ahead or part of an intervention program. 
  33. K5 Learning – Worksheets and workbooks are provided in PDF format for students in grades K-5 in the areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling and grammar.
  34. K12 Reader – Similar to the K5 website, there are resources available from grades K-12 in the areas of reading and writing. Note: you will have to turn off your ad blocker in order to use this site.
  35. Khan Academy Kids – This program engages kids in core subjects like early literacy, reading, writing, language, and math, while encouraging creativity and building social-emotional skills. Original interactive activities, books, animated videos, games, and creative lessons captivate children’s attention. Only drawback: it is currently only available as an app on the tablet.
  36. Kid Scoop / Kid Scoop News and – A print and digital magazine with related resources like activities and lesson plans (many of which are downloadable). A great way to introduce non-fiction into the classroom. The magazine is free and funded by donations and sponsorships. The rest of the site is a resource hub. The teacher section also includes lesson plans (some free, some for purchase) on a wide range of topics with an emphasis on building reading skills. 
  37. Kiz Club – It is full of worksheets, flashcards, clip arts, and other printable literary resources.
  38. Learn Zillion – An online database of short video lessons that address learning topics in math and language arts. Experienced teachers create the three- to five-minute videos and lessons, complete with leveled practice problems, anchor texts, and writing prompts. Teachers can assign lessons to individual students or to the whole class, see who’s completed a lesson, and view students’ scores. Individual teachers can obtain a free account.
  39. Literacy Shed – The aim is to provide teachers with high quality films and animations that can be used in the elementary classroom to enhance the teaching of reading and writing. All of the films on the site should be suitable for elementary students (although some films may not be suitable for younger children).  You are urged to watch any films before showing them to your class. 
  40. Literacy Shed + – Fully resourced unit plans based on Literacy Shed films, non-fiction reading resources and more, Novel study guides for teachers and student task booklets are also available.
  41. Media Smarts – The K-12 resources cover a wide-range of issues in “traditional” media and address the unique issues arising for digital media.  They are easily integrated into existing curriculum as they are aligned with classroom outcomes. The majority of educational resources are freely available on the website and include classroom lesson plans, with work sheets, backgrounders, tip sheets and essays, and multimedia games and quizzes.
  42. MES English – Resources are designed to be versatile and useful for all ages and learning levels. Find flashcards, worksheets, handouts, classroom games and projects.
  43. Mighty Book – There is a nice mix of books, comics, songs, and games. Some of the content is original but it is also based on classics (e.g. Beatrix Potter stories). Everything is illustrated, animated or read aloud for students. There are lesson plans and quizzes also included for teachers to use (which is the page that has been posted here).
  44. Mr. N365 – Connected to, this website has powerful filters that allow you to find exactly what you are looking for. Preferred activities and games can be bookmarked or sent to the student dashboard where they become accessible to your students. Make your own content (such as Not Boring Jeopardy Games, Tic-Tac Dough Games, Virtual Board Games, etc) and more. MrN 365 provides answers sheets to all relevant activities.
  45. My ON (Renaissance) – When a student finds that “just-right” read, magic happens and a love of reading is born. Give students more opportunities to discover their next great read with a vast collection of fiction, nonfiction, and news. Rich metrics provide teachers the insights to transform that magic into amazing growth.
  46. National Center on Improving Literacy – A partnership among literacy experts, university researchers, and technical assistance providers, with funding from the United States Department of Education. Their Mission is to increase access to, and use of, evidence-based approaches to screen, identify, and teach students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia.
  47. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) – Offers journals, publications, and resources. Shares lesson ideas, research, and teaching strategies through its Annual Convention and other professional learning events.
  48. Nawmal for Educators – An animation and text-to-speech program for PC that can add life to your lessons with animated characters where you can quickly create lesson content. It supports language learning and has multiple languages. Students can use this as well to make their presentations more interesting.
  49. NFB / ONF (Education) – The National Film Board website has plenty of fictional and documentary-style films that could be another way to view literacy. There are some mini-lessons and activity ideas available to accompany some of the films.
  50. Oxford Owl for Schools – Home to online teaching, learning and assessment resources, expert support and subscriptions for Primary Schools. Explore thousands of free quality resources and tools.
  51. Primary English Teaching Association Australia – Working with a network of leading academics, educational and literacy consultants, and exemplary classroom teachers, PETAA supports primary school educators with publications and teaching resources, professional development, advocacy and research.
  52. Primary Resources – A variety of material available broken into sections: word level, sentence level or text level along with reading and book resources. The website is simple and the material appears in Word, PowerPoint or PDF format.
  53. Purple Mash – An online suite of creativity-focused lessons and activities teachers can assign as individual or shared projects. Assign classwork to all students or to differentiate. Using the dashboard, teachers can see who might need more assistance and who might need more challenge.  Give students opportunities to get inventive with storytelling or biographies by adding real and imagined characters.  There is even a “Mini Mash” for Kindergarten.
  54. (Library of Congress) – – The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await everyone whenever they read. View events and programs available digitally nationwide from Center for the Book state affiliates. Listen to members of Congress reading from their favorite books for young people in “Read Around the States.” There is a lot to discover on this website.
  55. Reading A-Z – Already being used in nearly half of the school districts in the U.S. and Canada and 155+ countries worldwide, Reading A-Z’s affordable, easy-to-use teacher resources fill the teaching gaps left by many reading education programs. There are reading lessons, decodable books, reader’s theatre scripts, worksheets and assessments. Leveled readers span across 29 levels of difficulty and there is access to phonological awareness activities as well as vocabulary books, word sorts and graphic organizers.
  56. Reading Eggs – This program focuses on a core reading curriculum of skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success. It completely supports what children learn at school and will help to improve your child’s school results. Emerging readers will learn through phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and reading practice.
  57. Reading is Fundational (Literacy Central) – This award-winning digital library hosts over 10,000 resources directly tied to the books teachers, caregivers and community partners turn to everyday. Organize all of the book resources in one place, create and share book lists, find helpful reading tips and strategies and track student reading progress.
  58. Reading Horizons – Teachers can provide every student with reading instruction aligned with reading science through the Reading Horizons Discovery® curriculum. Provides a framework for teaching the basic building blocks of the English language from the simplest concept to the more complex with explicit, systematic instruction.
  59. Reading Plus – An integrated reading solution for all learners. It includes an adaptive assessment, personalized instruction and practice, and easily accessible resources that enable teachers to meet the needs of every student.
  60. Reading Rockets – Offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read. Resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
  61. Reading Vine – Search for passages and related questions based on a huge variety of different criteria that beyond grade level alone. Customize lessons by creating own reading sets. Save, download and/or print passages and worksheets. It was developed to not only promote learning, but the love of reading.
  62. ReadWriteThink – Provides access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.
  63. Rockin’ Resources – High-quality educational materials that teachers can use to engage students while outperforming grade-level standards. Motivate – Educate – Differentiate.
  64. Scholastic – Popular website that highlights literacy with an educators area. There are ideas, activities, reading lists and literacy items to purchase. Educators also have a lot of literacy articles that can be found here as well. Some areas requiring payment.
  65. Skybrary – Let K-3 students login and practice their reading anytime, anywhere with an age appropriate library. Host literature circles or small group activity centers. Introduce a new topic or reinforce a concept with this rich multimedia resource of quality books and educational video segments. 
  66. Smekens Education – The team of experts at Smekens Education created Literacy eLessons for grades K-12. This library of ready-to-share reading and writing lessons is being built to support remote teaching — and it’s totally free. Whether you’re an educator or parent, you’ve got enough on your plate. Let them help lighten your load with Literacy eLessons.
  67. Smithsonian Teacher (TweenTribune) – Teachers can set up a classroom, add students, and assign non-fiction news articles. There is an ability to track students’ quiz results and moderate / approve their comments. The teacher section of the site features lesson plans and other materials that teachers can use to support students’ learning.
  68. SoftSchools and – A multicurricular website for educators with games, activities and worksheets for Kindergarten Secondary School. Note: There are pop-up ads that you have to put up with so that it will continue to be free.
  69. SplashLearn – Animated ELA program that will encourage students to answer questions and practice their literacy skills. Activities concentrate on things like phonics, letter tracing, sight words, reading and writing.
  70. Starfall – Emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based. There are free resources but to take full advantage of the website, a membership will need to be purchased.
  71. Super Teacher Worksheets – Great for elementary educators looking to find reading comprehension exercises in a variety of genres. This website offers reading comprehension exercises for students from grades 1-8 with categories that include biographies, fiction, nonfiction, poems, and more. There are other elements of literacy included on the website as well.
  72. Teachervision and – Although the two links are specifically listing hundreds of worksheets in reading and writing, there are a lot more resources available on this website. Whether you need a lesson plan , classroom management tips or a workbook, you will find thousands of resources curated for teachers by teachers.
  73. Teachers and Writers Collaborative –  Programs include writing workshops for youth, creative aging art workshops for seniors, training for teachers, the New York State Poetry Out Loud high school recitation competition, and publishing Teachers & Writers Magazine and books on teaching creative writing.
  74. Teaching Books – Identify exceptional books that reflect diverse cultural experiences, interests, and ability levels. Obtain resources paired with your book titles that further reading enjoyment, contextual knowledge, and educational relevance. It is for anyone who reads, teaches, or enjoys books for children and teens. There is a lot of information available but the lessons and resources will require a membership.
  75. Teaching English (BBC) – Here you can find a wide range of practical resources to use in your primary classroom. There are full lesson plans to choose from, covering different topics and themes for students up to age 12.
  76. Teach Starter – A variety of teaching resources to theme your classroom and use when teaching literacy concepts. Available in this extensive collection are resources to use when working on alphabet a-z, grammar, phonics, reading, speaking and listening, spelling, vocabulary, writing and punctuation.
  77. Texthelp – Easy to use support tools give students extra help with reading and writing. They’re accessible on a wide range of devices to equip students with the tools they need to succeed on their academic journey. Use extensions like Read & Write, WriQ and Fluencytutor. The basic option is free but more than that requires payment.
  78. The Balanced Literacy Diet – Like great cooks, teachers create nourishing and enticing literacy lessons by drawing on their knowledge of the ingredients, their knowledge of the development of reading and writing skills (that is, which processes are most needed at which stage of development), and their creativity and imagination. This website is very informative on how to create a classroom with balanced literacy.
  79. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre – A national, not- for-profit organization founded in 1976. Dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. The programs, publications, and resources help educators select the very best for young readers.
  80. The Children’s Book Review – A resource devoted to children’s literature and literacy including published reviews and book lists of the best books for kids of all ages. Author and illustrator interviews available and literacy-based articles to help parents, guardians, teachers and librarians.
  81. The Daily Cafe – An extension of the original “The Daily 5” books which guide teachers into a routine where students rotate to do new balanced literacy activities every day. With valuable information, tips and workshops, it is a good site for teachers who desire assitance with their literacy needs. Note: There is a limited free option.
  82. The Story Seeds Podcast – It celebrates young people’s imagination and places them at the heart of the creative process. On each episode, kids collaborate with famous authors to grow their story ideas. Then the author takes those seeds and writes an original story that you get to hear on the show! The Story Seeds Podcast is featured on Apple Podcasts’ Kids & Family curation, Spotify’s Family-Friendly playlist, and more!
  83. Turtle Diary – A technology-based online educational program that offers in-depth educational content for elementary students with a multitude of lesson plans, educational games and learning activities. Some other features include interactive read-aloud children’s books, puzzles, printables and worksheets. This site also allows teacher to manage classes, students and reporting. Note: there are ads in the free version but a premium membership can be purchased to get rid of the ads.
  84. Twinkl – There is a full collection of worksheets and resources for reading, writing, speaking/listening, key concepts, curriculum maps and assessments. There are some free resources available but most require a subscription.
  85. Using English.com – This website is especially useful for struggling students and those with a native language that is not English. There are hundreds of reading activities—including vocabulary quizzes, reading comprehension activities and grammar lessons—to help students master the English language. Suitable for grade 3 and up.
  86. Whooo’s Reading – Get students thinking authentically with open-ended quiz questions for 300,000+ titles. Students get personalized feedback. See instant quiz results and data reports from the research-based algorithm, telling you exactly where students need support. To get differentiation and better reporting features, a premium membership will need to be purchased.
  87. WideOpenSchool and – Discover audiobooks, writing prompts, and language games for practicing reading comprehension, creative writing, and so much more.
  88. Word Flyers – Literacy tutorials and revision activities. Set students revision work that explains key points in a clear way, without singling them out in class. Sixteen levels of differentiat ed content. Find single-view summary reports that give you instant visibility of your students’ strengths and struggles. Available in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and Caribbean.
  89. Word Game Time – This website was created to help kids succeed with the goal to provide a fun educational playground for students in K-7 to excel in spelling, typing, reading, geography and language arts.
  90. Worksheet Genius – Acrostics, anagrams, codebreakers, flashcards, handwriting practice, mixed up sentences and paragraphs, simple sentence writing and spelling practice generators can all be found here.
  91. WorksheetsPlus – A good place to visit if last-minute worksheets are needed in a flash.
  92. WorksheetWorks – The user gets to choose what goes into the worksheet. Every generator has options to make the worksheets you need, and let you make them again. Depending on the topic, you can control different aspects such as the problem difficulty, the kinds of problems asked, and even the appearance of the page. An excellent site if printables are needed in a pinch.