Get Epic! Thousands of Free High-Quality Books for TK-6
Type of technology: Ipads or Computers
SAMR Model Rating: Substitution
Grade level: TK-6
Subject area: Reading/ Language Arts
Pretend your fairy godmother magically appeared in your classroom. She walks up to your desk, tells you to drop your correction pen and then grants you three wishes related to your teaching practice. What would you ask for? Your first wish might be that this never happens:
Perhaps your second request would be to transform all your students into little angels; so you wouldn’t have to do this:
Now, that all of the important requests have been granted, what would your third wish be? Hmm…. Your mind then wanders to a conversation you had with Johnny earlier today:
You look at your sparse library and think to yourself, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have thousands of books at my students’ fingertips? With hope in your eyes you ask your fairy godmother to grant you this wish. As you prepare for the magical waving of the wand, the gushing of wind and the sight of thousands of soft bound books (organized by AR level of course) arriving on your bookshelves; you become slightly confused when she hands you a laptop and says, “Your wish has been granted!”
“Where are my books?” you ask perplexed.
“At your fingertips my child. All you need to do, is sign up for an account on www.getepic.com”
Really? Yes, Really! It’s that simple! No fairy godmother needed. No waving of wands. No magic. It’s something you can do right now and it’s FREE for educators and librarians.
What is Epic!
Epic! provides educators with access to over 10,000 high quality books including familiar titles such as Flat Stanley and Scaredy Squirrel. This resource can be accessed from any computer or you can download the app onto any tablet.
What are the Benefits of using Epic!
- It’s FREE. Enough Said!
- As a teacher you can create up to 36 student profiles that can be tailored to student reading interests.
- You have access to digital reading logs; which will allow you to track what titles your students’ are reading and how many minutes they have been reading.
- They have audiobooks! I repeat they have audiobooks! Students can click the tab Read-to Me Audio and listen to their favorite books!
- It’s versatile! This device works on multiple computers, Ipads, phones and other tablets at the same time!
- Students can search books based on Accelerated Reader and Lexile levels! In addition, you can select books based upon a student’s age and reading preferences.
- Students can read nonfiction and fiction books!
- They have books written in SPANISH as well!
How do I use Epic! In the classroom?
Epic! is a great resource to use, no matter how many devices you have in your classroom.
One to One Devices in Your Classroom Every Day:
Allow the students the option to select a book to read on Epic! When they are done they can take an AR test! It’s as simple as that! You could also start a literature circle and allow your students to read the same books as their peers and then the group can discuss what they read. Here are two helpful links to get you started:
How to set up a literature circle:
One to One Devices- Once or twice a week:
On the days that you go the computer lab or have Ipads, allow your students the opportunity to explore the website and read books of their choosing. This would also be a great opportunity to read a book that is related to the content you have been teaching in your classroom. Simply have every child select the same book and you could facilitate a read along or shared reading experience about trees, electricty, fractions, etc.
Enough Ipads or Computers for Daily Centers:
Epic! Makes a great center activity. You could have the students read a book online and then write a response to their reading. Scholastic has awesome templates here:
Another option would be to use the books on Epic! to run your small group instruction. The fact that the books are online will instantly add excitement to any skill you decide to teach that day.
With all of these FREE benefits why not sign up for Epic! today!