http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/lions/

This site is designed to accompany and expand upon the new PBS television show “Between the Lions,” and it’s a great tool for teachers of 4- to 9-year-olds as well. Educators are encouraged to visit the page titled “How to Use This Site” in order to become familiar with the educational resources this extensive site offers. Each week, it provides kids with a new story about a lion family that runs a very unique library where “characters pop off the pages of books, vowels sing, and words take on a life of their own.” The series combines innovative puppetry, animation, live action, and music to achieve its educational mission of helping young children learn to read. The web curriculum mirrors that of the show and is interactive, allowing kids to read stories, play games, and complete activities designed to foster a long-lasted and strong foundation for a life of literacy. The colorful site helps introduce the foundation skills for reading and literacy, such as phonics, letter-sound knowledge, and basic concepts about print. Teachers can use the Literacy Tips, Recommended Books, and Things to Print in their weekly-updated “Between the Lions” lesson plans.