Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Celebrity Read Alouds

Today, my kiddos got to listen to a read-aloud by a celebrity. I'm serious. Melissa Gilbert (you know, from Little House on the Prairie) read the book My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco to my class today. The kids were so entranced and completely wrapped up in the story. It was so fun!

........Okay, so maybe Melissa Gilbert didn't really come into our classroom, but we did get to hear her read this book to us on a new website that I just discovered- Storyline Online. A first grade teacher at my school introduced me to this website and it is absolutely amazing! Storyline Online is an online video-streaming program featuring SAG members (Screen Actors Guild) reading childrens books aloud! You can choose from many different stories including the following:

Harry the Dirty Dog (Read by the one and only Betty White)

Me and My Cat (Read by Elijah Wood from Lord of the Rings)

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (Read by Melissa Gilbert)

The stories have music in the background and the illustrations are highlighted to help make the book come to life. Each story has links for questions, related activities, and a downloadable activity guide. I am so excited to have found this little gem! My kids were BEGGING for another story at the end of the day while waiting for dismissal. I played the story on the Smartboard while they waited for the bell to ring- it was perfect! No more chaos while everyone eagerly awaited the bell to leave.

Be sure to check the website out when you get a chance- it's pretty cool! You could use this on your Smartboard, at computer centers, or any other way that you can imagine. Enjoy! =)


  1. I absolutely LOVE this site! I kind of forget about it every now and then though, so thanks for the reminder! :)

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