Great Resource- Storyline Online

Have you heard of Storyline Online???

Basically, Storyline Online is an online video streaming program featuring SAG members reading children’s books aloud. The Screen Actors Guild Foundation complied a collection of wonderful children’s literature (including Patricia Pollaco, Davin Shannon, and Chris Van Allsburg) read by actors and actresses including Betty White, Amanda Bynes, and Al Gore to name a few.

As the nice people read the story, the illustrations are shown for the kids to see, and there’s some animation. It’s super engaging for the kiddos! Each story is pretty quick- about 5 -10 minutes, especially handy when you have that strange 6 ½ minute block of time to fill

It also comes with wonderful resources for each story to extend learning! And it’s free!!! Check it out if you haven’t already!!!

I’ve used Storyline Online for:

Literature discussions
With genre/author studies
Rainy days
When I have a sore throat and don’t feel like want to do read aloud
For guest teachers

In other news...

Today, one of my little friends told me (with a very distressed look on her face), “Mrs. P, I think I’m going to have a very hard time in school today. Mostly I can’t write.”

I said: “Why??? What happened???” (Thinking: Broken arm? Smashed fingers? Emotional trauma…?)  

She said: “I have a hang nail.”

I said:

She said: “I got it two days ago and it really hurts.”

I said: 

Those darn hang nails, right??? I tried the same excuse with my teacher when I got to my class this evening. She didn’t buy it. 



  1. I LOVE Storyline Online -it's a great way to get kids excited about books. And, if you click "subtitles" it's good for encouraging fluency.

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  2. We use storyline online during 'eating time'. Its amazing how many kids never get read to at home.

  3. Love Storyline Online!We listen to Stellaluna every year. =)

    We also love Barnes and Noble Online Storytime.

    Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

  4. I use it too I just wish they had more books on there!