Read to Lead, a free award-winning supplemental reading program from Classroom, Inc., is designed to increase literacy, leadership, and 21st-century skills. This research-based program embeds social–emotional learning throughout its modules by developing students’ decision-making, empathy, and goal-setting abilities, all while increasing their reading skills. The program is designed for students in grades 5–9, with all lessons aligned to both Common Core and College and Career Readiness Standards. The three modules in Read to Lead engage students in exploring public service, medical, and journalism careers, with differentiation tools to support students with special needs. In role-playing activities, students act as “bosses” of the business and see the consequences of their actions in real-world work scenarios. Each module targets a specific Lexile reading range, so students can complete activities best suited to their reading needs. In addition, the program provides auditory captioning of all text. A one-minute YouTube video demonstrates the program in action.
At the beginning of February 2019, the podcast “Binge Mode” concluded its eight-month run of 70 episodes discussing every chapter of the seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Students can jump on their brooms and explore all the episodes of the Harry Potter podcast on the Binge Mode website or in iTunes.
Alive Studios’ Rugs alive are colorful classroom rugs that come to life with the freeRugs alive app for iOS and Android devices. Students can learn about the world’s animal habitats, explore 26 animals in 3D, take fun photos with their favorite animal, brush up on uppercase and lowercase letters, and more.
The Global OnenessProject has created an Empathy Collection of 15 stories and lessonplans to foster empathy in the classroom. Through the multimedia stories, students meet individuals from different backgrounds and visit communities in different geographic locations facing challenging global issues.