Newsela is a site that offers a wide variety of current events articles for students to read. Users can browse for articles by searching one of their eight categories and many articles come with ready-made quizzes. What separates Newsela from other sites is the ability to set the articles to varying reading levels. Any article can be set for Lexile levels ranging from a low of 530 up to 960 which is an invaluable feature in today’s heterogeneous classrooms. The site is free to use but they do offer additional features for a fee.
Kahoot is a great tool for creating formative assessments and review games for students of any age and it will be an instant hit as soon as you use it with your students. Creating Kahoots is very simple and intuitive and it allows you to add text, images, and even videos. Kahoot doesn’t require any student information and kids simply use a special code to join your game. Kahoot also allows you to add YouTube videos to play at the beginning and when the game is over you can download your student’s results to see how they did.