Bookflix is a new online resource for children from Scholastic. It pairs classic children’s stories with true books on related topics. Choose pairs from these exciting categories:

Animals and Nature
Earth and Sky
People and Places
ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s
Family and Community
Music and Rhyme
Adventure
Celebrations
Imagination

Each pair gives your child the opportunity to watch a story, read a short book, play related games, explore related websites on the Internet, and learn a bit about the story’s author.

You can access Bookflix at home from the library’s website. Click on A-Z Resources or Subject Guides under the Research tab to find the link. Click on the Bookflix link, enter your library card number, and you’re in business. Watch and listen to as many stories as you like.

Click “Watch the Story” to view an animated children’s storybook from Weston Woods. A closed-captioning option is available: Click the Read Along option to display the audio portion of the story, with word-by-word highlighting, as it plays. Where a Spanish-language version of the video is available, an “Español” icon appears above the player. Click on this icon to go to the Spanish version.

Click “Read the Book” to get to the related nonfiction content. The text is presented in a flipbook format. Pages can be turned by clicking the appropriate buttons. The Read Along option can be activated to hear the text read aloud with word-by-word highlighting. In addition, key content vocabulary words are highlighted in yellow. Placing the cursor on the highlighted word will display its definition. Click on the word, the ear icon, or anywhere on the definition itself to hear the definition read aloud. Where a Spanish-language version of the flipbook is available, an “Español” icon appears above the player. Click on this icon to go to the Spanish version.

Click “Puzzlers” to go to one or more interactive educational games related to the specific pair. Word Match reinforces key vocabulary from the nonfiction text by asking players to match a definition to the correct vocabulary word. Fact or Fiction underscores the differences between fiction and nonfiction by asking players to identify a series of statements as either fact or fiction. Click on the ear icons to hear the game directions, as well as all statements and definitions, read aloud.

Click “Meet the Author” to read a profile of the author of the story on which the video is based. Click on the ear icon to hear the profile read aloud. At the end of each profile is a link to the author’s Web site.

Click “Explore the Web” to access editorially selected, age-appropriate Web links related to the pair topic for additional research, exploration, and inquiry.

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Other features of Bookflix, which are designed for teachers and other educators include:

Lesson Plans. Lesson plans with suggested teaching activities have been created specifically for each fiction/nonfiction pair. From any page within a pair, click “Lesson Plan,” located at the top right of the page, to go to its lesson plan. The lesson plan is also available as a printable PDF.

Curriculum Correlations. All lesson plans are aligned to state and national language-arts and content-area standards. From the lesson plan page for any Bookflix pair, click “Curriculum Correlations.” This will open a popup window displaying a list of that lesson plan’s correlations to the standards document selected. The user’s home state is pre-selected as a convenience. The standard may be changed by selecting a different standard from the drop-down menu and clicking “Go.”

Spanish-Language Versions. A number of pairs are available in Spanish. These versions have the same Read Along option, with word-by-word highlighting, as the English versions. Where a Spanish-language version is available, an “Español” icon appears above the flipbook or video player. Click on this icon to go to the Spanish version.

Educator Resources. An educator’s guide to BookFlix is accessible from the top of every page. It contains an overview of the product as well as general activities and best practices for using BookFlix in the classroom and in school and public libraries. Ideas and tips are provided for whole-class or small-group instruction, independent learning, reading groups, and parent-and-child interactions.

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