Epic! Books for Kids
What is Epic!?
EPIC! is a website and an app that offers its services FREE to educators and paid subscriptions to parents. It is filled with thousands of high-interest stories, some that are read aloud and some that are not. It is simple and easy to use, yet highly engaging and motivating to our little readers.
Here is how it works. As the teacher, you set up a profile for each student in your class by typing in their name. Then your students makes some choices on their interests and the app/website creates a personal library for them. As the students read from this library, they earn badges and little images to change their profile avatar.
Why do I love it?
EPIC! is based on the child's age and interest. And this is what gets them excited! As they log for the first time, they must tell their age. Then they pick some topics that they are interested in reading about, such as: adventure, fantasy, sports, humor, etc. The next screen breaks those choices down into even smaller categories. For example, if they pick sports as a broad topic of interest, the next screen allows them to decide if they want to read about basketball, hockey, dancing, etc. Each child gets their own personal library!
Students earn badges as they read. This was an aspect I liked about Biblionasium as well. It really helps to motivate some of our more reluctant readers in addition to the high-interest reading material.
EPIC! keeps track of all the activity and reading done by each student. Teachers and students can see all the books that have been read, the number of finished books, hours spent reading, and number of pages flipped. Which helps us as teachers know if a child really read a book or was just flipping through it to read quickly.
How can I use Epic! in the classroom?
How do I get started?
Visit the Epic! website today to get started for FREE!
One of my favorite aspects of Epic! is I can import my students from Google Classroom, which are already setup at the beginning of the school year. This makes my life SO much easier!
Resources from Epic!
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