Smories is a website with short videos of children reading original stories for kids. There are 50 new Smories added every month. Writers are encouraged to submit their original children’s stories to be featured on the website.
The stories are advertised as being suitable for children aged three to eight although there are many stories that would also appeal to children older than eight.
There is a special version of Smories available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and there will soon be an iPad version.
I have been using this site with my Grade Two class as a means of modelling reading with expression and also as a comprehension activity. I have been encouraging the students to picture the story in their mind as they listen. Listening to Smories is also a good way to revise the features of a narrative.
My students have really enjoyed the stories and find it quite appealing to listen to children their own age.
Next time we do a story writing activity I am going to get my students to publish their work “Smory style” which we can then put on our class blog.