The Missouri Reader Vol. 42, Issue 2 | Page 51


Teach Your Monster to Read

Platform: Laptop, computer, iPad, Android and Kindle.

Category: Teacher Apps and Interactive Literacy Learning

Grades: The game is for children in the first stages of learning to read, or for older children who need a bit more practice.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Cost: Free!

Description: Teach Your Monster to Read is an award-winning online platform for students to learn and practice their reading skills. Created by Teach Monster Games Unlimited, it is an online gaming tool that teaches and allows students to practice skills needed in basic reading. There are three different levels that students work through as they are playing games. These games are differentiated for each student, can remediate as needed, move on once the skill has met mastery, and spirals content while building new skills. The only negative aspect of this site is that the teacher cannot assign specific practice to students to work on individually, although the teacher can remediate with the other materials provided in the classroom toolkit. The classroom toolkit includes kinesthetic phonics games, phonics songs, digital sight word cards, smartboard games, printable phonics and reading resources, and printable phonics board games. On your teacher account, you can also view the students’ stats that show the percentage of times that each student has identified each grapheme (letter) or word correctly. Teach Your Monster to Read can also be played at home. The app makes teachers’ lives easier by having parent letters and player password cards ready to print off and send home. Check out this free app for yourself!

Tiffanie Schuette


Platform: Requires iOS 9.3 and up – compatible with Apple products and available for Android download

Category: Education

Grades: Pre-K – 12th

Cost: Free

Rating: 4.4/5 stars

Description: LightSail is a free educational app built around increasing student comprehension of text. The creators of the app have an established legacy of providing educators and students a free library with thousands of online titles, a curriculum building guide, and simple ways to track and record student reading growth data. The app itself includes a free library where students can choose from a wide variety of levels of books. As they read, they are prompted with comprehension questions and a variety of formative assessments to track success and guide instruction. LightSail is available in both English and Spanish and is a great tool to add to your ever-advancing, technology integrated reading time in the classroom.

Morgan Dolph



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