Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Books Online

As a new teacher, my classroom library is not yet where I would like for it to be. Although my library is steadily growing due to Scholastic Book Fairs, book orders, classroom donations, books being tossed by previous teachers, and the books I have purchased, I have found several resources for online books that I wanted to share with you! Some of them you may already be using in your classrooms, but I wanted to make a space where you could easily access books online.


Bookflix is an amazing resource! You have to purchase a subscription to use it, but it has TONS of books that come to life like cartoons. My students absolutely love Bookflix! We watch these during our snack time. With each fiction book, there is also a nonfiction book to go along with it. for example; the fiction book Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type comes with the nonfiction book Let's Visit a Dairy Farm. The books are seperated into categories that make it really easy to find what you are looking for.

This site is called Tumble books. Our local library has a subscription to this site and you can access it by clicking on the image above. TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

Storyline Online is a program by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. This website has members of the SAG do read alouds from great picture books. Each story also has activities and lessons. There is no membership required for this site.

Clifford the Big Red Dog

This site offers books for children to read online or have read to them. This would be a great site to use on an IPAD.

Arthur's First Sleepover

AOL kids offers great read alouds! the books are read aloud to the students. They are not animated, but they acually look like the pages in the actual books! This is a great reminder for students thats all of these online book sites are REAL books!

Barnes and Noble offers an online storytime where the books are read by the actual author. This is a great site to use during an author book study to hear the real author's voice!

I hope you find these sites as useful as I do! Please leave a comment if you use any of these sites or know of any other great sites you would like to share!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Teachers Pay Teachers vs. Teachers Notebook

Hello there! Boy has it been awhile! I promise to be back soon with happenings in my classroom and share some of my new items with you all, but today I wanted to write about the current questions I am having with TPT and TN. I have been a seller on TPT for almost a year now! I purchased the full membership this quarter and have been very pleased with my earnings so far. I am not a top seller or anything but I am very excited to see people purchasing my items and I have loved being able to share what I do in my classroom with so many people!

I have not yet set up a TN store, but I do notice that most of you bloggers have both a TN and TPT store. I like the idea of paying a minimal one time fee and you get your earnings immediately on your paypal account. My worry with TN is that I know it is not as popular as TPT. If you sell on both TPT and TN, do you lower the price of items on TN? Do you think it is a disservice to TPT to lower the price on something bc the percentage you recieve is higher?

I would love to hear some feedback on how TN stores are doing vs. TPT stores. I'm off to do a little investigating.... I'll let you know what I find :)

Okay so after a little searching back and forth between sites, I find that most sellers sale their products at the same price. I like this because it with holds the integrity of both sites and proves that the price of a product is related to the quality of the product itself and not the income of the seller.

I would also like to add that after searching throught TN, I love the way the products look on the site. You all have done a FABULOUS job creating pics to display your work! I usually only use TN to purchase clipart, but I will now be looking for their for other things too!