Reading Rainbow Skybrary

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Reviewed on June 1, 2016  |  Online

Grade Level K-Gr 3Cost Single classroom use is $179 per year. Whole-school (up to 350 students) access is $1,450 per year. Additional pricing options are available.Content The Skybrary database is affiliated with PBS's Reading Rainbow (the refrain "I can go anywhere" rings out at the beginning of many of the videos and some books) and features Rainbow host LeVar Burton. The resource's more than 500 books are well suited to primary students, with a mix of contemporary and classic stories and nonfiction. Users will find books about diverse families, communities, and people, as well as folktales. Nonfiction subjects include nature and animals, careers, government, and science.The site's organizational format allows students to choose their own books independently from one of seven "islands" ("Action Adventurers and Magical Tales," "Animal Kingdom," "Awesome People," "Genius Academy," "My Friends My Family," "Music Mountain," and "National Geographic Kids") floating on the bright blue "sky" of the home screen. Students can read the books themselves or listen to narrated versions (numerous readers lend their voices).The site also includes more than 200 short video "field trips" that run from three to six minutes in length and cover topics that will appeal to elementary students.Ease of Use Students can visit one of the islands, watch an introductory video clip, and then use arrows to view and choose the books and videos that capture their interest. An animated chara...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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