PARCC Resources to Preparing Students

Helpful Tools for PARCC
Posted on 01/09/2015

NECCS-Online Practice Websites to support PARCC Exploration

Practice  Test and Sample items

Resources by Topic and Tools

Reading Comprehension

  • Link - Newsela - Daily nonfiction news articles, each available at multiple lexile levels, with associated Common Core aligned quizzes. Teachers can also assign and track student articles.

  • Reading quizzes from - over 100 reading passages with quizzes, arranged by grade level, with highlighting tool to help find content in the passages.

  • Link - Literacy Learning Resources from CBS and CNN - This site has dozens of actual stories from CBS and CNN, including the full text, the abridged text, an outline, a video of the story, and the audio read aloud. After the student reads the story they can take online interactive quizzes over the material covering vocabulary, word selection, sequencing, and conclusions, and write their own response to the article. Requires Real Player for audio and video

  • Link - Sentence Monkey - drag and drop words to the correct places to complete sentences, covering many grammar topics - Requires Flash


Mouse Skills

Students need to be proficient with using a mouse, including clicking and dragging and dropping. Below are some tools that can be used to practice these skills.

  • Link - Mouse Skill Resources - This is a collection of dozens of interactive sites to help young children practice mouse skills in fun ways. Some sites Require Flash

  • Link - MiniMouse Games - This is a collection of simple but fun games for young children designed to teach basic mouse skills such as clicking, dragging, and more. Requires Flash

  • Link - Mouse Program Practice - Simple site for kids to practice clicking, scrolling, dragging and dropping, and more.

Highlighting Skills

Students need to be able to highlight specific portions of text. Below are some tools that can be used to practice this skill.

  • Link - Simple Highlighter - This Chrome extension allows the user to highlight webpage text in different colors, read the text aloud, add notes, collect all highlights and notes on a new page, and more.

Keyboarding Lessons

  • Link - TypingWeb - Free online typing tutor & keyboarding tutorial for typists of all skill levels. TypingWeb includes entertaining typing games, typing tests, and free official typing certification.

  • Link - TypingClub - Master touch typing using this free game / educational program. This online program will assist you with learning and improving your typing speed.

  • Link - Keyboarding Skills course from E-Learning for Kids. Ages 5-12. Become a master Type-E-Chi. Requires Flash

  • Link - Advanced Keyboarding course from E-Learning for Kids. Ages 8-12. Travel through time with Monte while building your keyboarding speed and accuracy. After completing all 25 lessons, you will be a Keyboarding Master of letters, numbers, and symbols. Requires Flash

  • Link - Dance Mat Typing - 12 Stages of typing lessons aimed at younger children - Requires Flash

  • NEW - Link - KeyHero - Free online typing test that tracks your progress over time - Requires Flash

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