A. Instruction - 5.8
B. Design - 7.3
C. Engagement - 6.3
Clifford, Literacy, and Your Students!
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 for Clifford Interactive Website
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|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|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|
Screenshots of Clifford Interactive Website