Clifford Interactive Website by Scholastic

Free! The Clifford Interactive website by Scholastic contains multiple reading and literacy activities for users who are developing their early literacy skills all themed after the Big Red Dog. After launching the website, users can choose either the “Read a Story” or “Play a Game” option. First, the “Read a Story” option includes four digital storybooks users can select, and each storybook is available in both English and Spanish. While reading a story, users can decide to read it independently or they can click the “Horn” icon to have the website read it to them. In addition, the storybooks contain…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 5.8
B. Design - 7.3
C. Engagement - 6.3

6.5

Clifford, Literacy, and Your Students!

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The Clifford Interactive website by Scholastic contains multiple reading and literacy activities for users who are developing their early literacy skills all themed after the Big Red Dog. After launching the website, users can choose either the “Read a Story” or “Play a Game” option. First, the “Read a Story” option includes four digital storybooks users can select, and each storybook is available in both English and Spanish. While reading a story, users can decide to read it independently or they can click the “Horn” icon to have the website read it to them. In addition, the storybooks contain interactive elements that require users to pick objects to complete the different scenes in the narrative. Second, the “Play a Game” option provides users with four literacy-based activities. After clicking an activity, the website loads the game and users can click the “Horn” icon for the instructions. After completing an activity, users can select to play it again or return to the main menu.

Please Note: Additional resources, lessons, and activities are included in this website. Users are encouraged to explore them.

Instructional Ideas

  1. To engage students in text, teachers can have students select a story from this website and read and/or listen to it. While doing so, teachers can have students tell them what is happening in the story, the different ways they interacted with it, and predict the ending.
  2. After teaching a literacy lesson, teachers can have students complete an activity from this website to reinforce the lesson. Students can complete the activity either individually or in pairs, and teachers can make sweeps of the room to monitor students and record data.
  3. During an open house or parent/guardian-teacher conference, teachers can share this website with parents/guardians as a website they can use at home to engage the interactive texts and literacy activities with their students.
  4. When developing students’ bilingualism, teachers can have students engage the stories in Spanish and then translate them back to English. When finished, students can check their work by reading the text in English.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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