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8 Leveled Reading Websites for the Classroom

8 Leveled Reading Websites for the Classroom

By Jessica Sanders

less prep time, assessmentsLeveled reading websites allow students to read the same text, regardless of their level of comprehension.

As such, it’s an important way to facilitate class-wide assignments without boring higher-level students or leaving strugglers behind.

Many of these sites also make reading more engaging, provide you with lesson tips and supplemental materials that can be printed or viewed online.

Add some of these to the bookmarks tab on your classroom computer for easy student access.

Newsela 

Allow students to read current events at a level they can comprehend with Newsela. Students can read at five different levels, starting with 600L and ending at “Max.” They can also answer questions that you create without leaving the article and even take a quiz. Both of the latter features require students to have an account—which is free for you and them. 

News In Levels 

This site is similar to Newsela, but a little less appealing on the eye and does not offer the interactive quizzing and question features. While it seems to be created for English language learners, it does serve as a simple, leveled reading news platform for students of all abilities.

Students can browse by reading level—1, 2, or 3—and choose stories in various categories, such as news, sports, nature, and funny. At the end of each article, the “difficult words” are referenced and defined, which is great for expanding student vocabulary.

Note that this website can be accessed online or through the Android or iOS app.

ReadWorks

This free website gives teachers access to the largest, high-quality library of non-fiction articles. As a teacher, you also get access to vocabulary lists, assessments, lesson guides and the option to download or print the text. All texts are leveled, and if you want to keep everything online, sign up for ReadWorks Digital, which allows you to create classes, assign articles, and track progress all online.

Get students hooked on the “Article-A-Day” feature to make reading a daily habit in your classroom. Each week ReadWorks provides you with a set of articles on one topic, at all reading levels. Students take just 10 to 15 minutes each day to read the articles and complete the comprehension assignments. 

Rewordify 

This is an interesting tool that students can use to get simplified versions of the text they’re reading. After copy and pasting the words into the text box, Rewordify breaks it down to be more digestible. The site also highlights and defines challenging words and phrases within the text, making it easy for students to understand and learn at the same time.

You can modify settings to edit the way the reworded text is chosen and how the vocabulary words are presented—highlighted within the text, as a list, with or without definitions, etc. You can also print the vocabulary words, auto-created quizzes, word banks, cloze assessments and more.

All of this is available for free, and with an account, these settings, and the documents you create and print, are saved.

CommonLit 

This website offers leveled reading at the core, with many valuable features for both teachers and students to access as well. Reading is broken up by grade, from 5th to 12th, and is a collection of fiction and non-fiction texts. The themes are especially interesting, ranging from America and comedy to fate and freewill and growing up.

Once students are reading a text, they can use the guided reading mode to quiz themselves along the way, increasing engagement and understanding. They can also take an assessment and add their opinion to an ongoing discussion.

Other extras include assigning specific texts, tracking progress and comprehension, translation, text highlighting, dictation and vocabulary look-up. The amazing part is that this is free for teachers and schools.

Tween Tribune 

Tween Tribune was created and is maintained by the Smithsonian. It’s similar to Newsela in both what it offers and how it looks. Students can browse news articles by grade (K through 12), and then choose from a variety of reading levels once their article is chosen—levels are based on Lexile.

With an account, you can assign work to students and they can take quizzes and leave comments with each article. Accounts are free for teachers and students, and give you access to a variety of resources and lesson plans based on upcoming holidays, current events and more.

Breaking News English 

Similar to Newsela and News In Levels, this site provides students with news stories that are accessible at a variety of reading levels. Levels range from 0 to 6, and the website also provides “mini-lessons” and “4,392 more lessons” all of which appear to be created by Sean Banville, an ESL teacher.

Students can also have articles dictated to them, if they’re still learning how to reach. As a resource created for teachers by a teacher, it’s worth checking out.

Books That Grow

This leveled reading program provides leveled e-text for students. While it does cost educators $99/month (up to 45 student accounts), the school can also purchase for $999/year, giving them unlimited accounts, student management tools and a free trial.

The library is filled with a mix of primary documents, classic fiction, biographies, and original science and history books. Each book is accompanied by a teacher guide that provides tips to teaching the text and background for building out a lesson.

Reading levels are sorted by grade and Books That Grow levels, and are matched up with a variety of standard reading measurements including Lexile, Reading A-Z, DRA and more. Check out the leveling breakdown here.

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