BEST FOR struggling readers
With the new Radius Reading Strategy Kits, kids learn how to get key information from nonfiction texts and gain a better understanding of content-area vocabulary in context. “This product is perfect for teachers who have small groups for remediation,” says our teacher tester. www.learningresources.com ; $69.95.
BEST FOR fun-filled word building
Poppo! makes you “pop till you drop!” Kids love this sensory-oriented, fast-paced game that helps emerging readers assemble letters to make words. “Kids enjoyed learning about letter names, sounds, and how words are put together,” reports one teacher. www.poppo.com ; $24.95.
BEST FOR exploring reading
Leapster Story Explorers for grades K–3 English Language Learners is an “engaging, interactive, and easy-to-use learning tool,” says one teacher. www.leapfrogschoolhouse.com ; Base kit $1,050.
BEST FOR bringing stories to life
BookFlix, for your PreK–3 students, pairs online video storybooks with nonfiction e-books. One of its best aspects: Kids can use it at home as well as in school. “Absolutely amazing!” raves our tester. “Great for emerging readers and ESL learners.” http://bkflix.grolier.com; $1,259 per building per year.