boy at computerLiterature-Technology Connections

The following activities explore literature-technology connections. Connect literature with technology-rich resources and activities.

Harry PotterOnline Book Connections

Scholastic Flashlight

Scholastic Harry Potter
Scholastic Book Central
Scholastic Teaching with Books

Random House
Kids@Random House
Teens@Random House
Teachers & Random House

SimonSaysKids - Teacher Materials
Harper Children's - Teacher Guides
The Victory GardenLiterature-Technology Connections
Select a book. Identify connections to the characters, plot, and/or setting of the book.

The Victory Garden
by Lee Kochenderfer
Kids Growing Food
American Girl: Molly (World War II era)
Fenway Victory Gardens
A History of the Victory Garden
Rationing in War
Photos of Victory Gardens in Kansas
Within These Walls - The Scotts from Smithsonian
Victory Gardens
Victory Garden - easy
Lee Kochenderfer Author Website
Author Visit
Victory Garden Poem
Discussion Ideas (PDF)

Literature Ladders
Explore Themes and Projects
Step 1: Select a Book
Step 2: Search for Author and Illustrator Information
Step 3: Search for Book and Lesson Ideas
Step 4: Identify Topics and Resources
Step 5: Develop Meaningful Activities and Experiences
Step 6: Implement and Evaluate

Literature Starters

Teacher Tap: Book Awards
Newberys & the Net
Caldecott Connections
Fun with Favorites

Focusing on plots, characters, and/or setting, identify at least three web-based readings, visuals, or resources to support a piece of literature. Include these websites along with a book cover in a Word-based activity sheet.
Technology-Rich Literature Circles

Depression Era
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

Orphan Trains
A Family Apart & Orphan Train Series by Joan Lowery Nixon
Orphan at My Door by Jean Little
Orphan Train Rider by Andrea Warren
Rodzina by Karen Cushman
Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting
42explore: Orphan Train
Orphan Train Project
My Photo Album - Autobiography
Riding the Orphan Train WebQuest

Nonfiction & Fiction - Plagues
An American Plague by Jim Murphy
Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Virginia Aronson
Life During the Black Death by John Dunn
Dr. Henner and the Speckled Monster by Albert Marrin
The Great Influenza by John Barry
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (black death).
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (yellowfever).  
Sweetgrass by Jan Hudson (smallpox).
A Time of Angels by Karen Hesse (influenza). 

The Teacher's FuneralThe Secret SchoolCaddie Woodlawn
One Room Schoolhouse

The Teacher's Funeral by Richard Peck
The Secret School by Avi
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Brink
One Room School by Raymond Bial

Caddie Woodlawn
The One Room Schoolhouse: A Vanishing Tradition - NPR Audio
Natureshift - Grandparents' Attic
PBS Evolving Classroom
Emints School of the Nineteenth Century
One-Room Schoolhouse Resource Center - lists nearly 100
One Room Schoolhouse Links
One-Room Schoolhouses in Southwest Virginia
One Room School House Project
One Room Schoolhouse Center
One Room Schoolhouse Links
Canadian Classrooms
Virtual Field Trip of Schoolhouse from Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
One Room Schoolhouse
Story Corps

Literature Circle Starters
100th Day of School
All About Me - Celebrating Diversity
American Civil War: Courage and Responsibility
Colonial America - Under construction
Human Rights and Japanese Internment Camps
Native American Legends
Underground Railroad
Literature-based WebQuests
Literature Ladders: Literature-based WebQuest Links
Do a Google search for the title of a book and add the word WebQuest.

WebQuest Evaluation and Use - Favorites
K-3 WebQuest Links
K-3 Literature-based WebQuests
3-6 WebQuest Links
3-6 Literature-based WebQuests
Middle/High School WebQuest Links
Middle School Literature-based WebQuests
WolfReading Program Ideas
National Parks & the Environment - Wolf Stalker
National Geographic Kid News: Wolves
Extreme Backcountry
Yellowstone Wildlife
Yellowstone Webcams
Yellowstone - Fantastic Journeys
JASON Project: Yellowstone
Thinking about Environmental Problems
Wolves in Nature

Teacher Tap: Face-to-face and Virtual Author & Illustrator Visits
Teacher Tap: Face-to-face and Virtual Book Clubs & Reading Groups
Teacher Tap: Author and Illustrator Resources
Teacher Tap: Book Review Projects
groundhogReading and Writing Starters
Digitize images from books and use as story starters.
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
by Chris VanAllsburg - Create new endings and pages for books.

How Groundhog's Garden Grew by Lynne Cherry - Sequence activities, learn more about the plants and animals.
4H Garden Activities
Journey North: Tulip Gardens
Only One by Mark Henshaw and illustrated by Miss Wall and Mr. Riley's class

Use visuals as writing prompts.
Use images to help visualize vocabulary, plot, characters, setting, etc.

General Images Websites
Flickr - thousands of photos shared by people
Google Images - searches the web for visuals
Pics4Learning - thousands of photographs by kids for kids
Teacher Tap: Visual Resources - links to visual resources
Teacher Tap: Public Domain, Copyright Free - links to visual resources
Textures - backgrounds

Specific Topics
Amphibian and Reptiles - great photos of creatures
Ayres Adventures - many places
CalPhotos - plant, animals, fossils, people, landscapes
Library of Congress - use the search option
Microscopic - many science topics
NASA Photojournal - space, universe, technology, history, people
New York Public Library Digital Library
Nikon Small World - microscopic photographs
NOAA Photo Library - Oceans and Atmosphere
Picture History - photos through US history
TerraServer - satellite photos
USDA Historical Photos
Audio-CDs and Picture Books
Explore audio in reading.
Sunshine on My Shoulder by John Denver
Ancient Rhymes by John Denver
Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver
John Lithgow
I'm a Manatee by John Lithgow
Marsupial Sue by John Lithgow
Micawber by John Lithgow
The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow

Created by Annette Lamb, 6/05. Updated 7/05.