Course Content

Shine Online  Reading Club

Shine Online SSR is a magazine-based online reading club for elementary school students. We will read and explore these magazines together live online, learning new words in both English and Chinese as we go. Even students with lower reading levels can join the club. We focus on conversation and comprehension while interacting with the materials in fun and exciting activities.

Shine Online uses new and imaginative ways to present content on the web. Our activities engage students with segments such as brainstorming, steps in a process, related viral videos, listening comprehension and around the home challenges that will have them moving, talking, participating, laughing, and learning.

 

Level 1

Grade – Lower Elementary Students

Level – Basic Reading/Conversation Skills

Reading Short Stories / Articles / Poems

Issue 2 Topics –

Episodes 1-2 - Funny Things  

Episodes 3-4 - Teeth

Level 1 is great for younger elementary school students. The subjects and vocabulary are designed for this age group. Some of the reading may be challenging for younger students. However, even if your children are not reading at this level yet, they will be able to follow along with us as we read and then join the conversation as we talk about what is in the magazine. Level 1 is also suitable for older students who are not confident reading the full articles in the higher levels. Kindergarten students who are already reading or speaking well are also welcome to join.

Issue 2 - Topic 1
Funny Things

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Episode 1
Articles

  • Funny vs Fun

  • Welcome to Funny Things – Introduction Page

  • I Made a Mistake - Rhyming Story

  • Tell Me a Riddle – Double Meanings of Words to Tell a Joke

  • Puzzle It Out – Riddles

Vocabulary
24 Words

Funny有趣的, Play 話劇, Silly 可笑的, Laugh 笑, Smile 笑容, Face 臉, Make A Mistake 犯錯, Pick 摘, Closet 衣櫃, Attic 閣樓, Trunk 大衣箱, Skunk 臭鼬, Higher 更高的,  Building 建築物, Story 樓層/故事, Library 圖書館, Feather 羽毛, Hard 難/硬, Skate 溜冰, Letters 字, Alphabet 英文字母, Umbrella 雨傘, Ocean 海洋, Waved (Wave) 揮手/海浪, Clue 提示

Episode 2
Articles

  • The Silly Parade – Group Play

  • My Little Brother – Narrative

  • Strange Cow – Poem

  • Knock-knock Jokes

Vocabulary
23 Words

Play 話劇, Parade 遊行, Mask 面具, Socks 襪子, Ears 耳朵, Gloves 手套, Feet 腳, Shoes 鞋子, Hands 手, Shorts 短褲, Head頭, Dress 穿著, Phone Call 打電話, Hum 哼曲子, Tickle 搔癢, Jumping Jacks 開合跳, Thought/Think 想的過去式,  Reach 伸手達到, Cereal 早餐麥片, Crash 墜落, Suddenly 突然間, Laugh 笑,  Strange 奇怪的

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Issue 2 - Topic 2
Teeth

Episode 3
Articles

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  • Welcome to Teeth – Introduction Page

  • Wild Smiles – Question-answer

  • How to Care for Your Teeth – Nonfiction

  • My Loose Tooth – Poem

  • Puzzle It Out – Word Puzzles

Vocabulary
16 Words

Teeth 牙齒/Tooth 牙齒(複數), Different 不同的, Tiger 老虎, Crocodile 鱷魚, Giraffe 長頸鹿, Dolphin 海豚, Great White Shark 大白鯊, Care For 照顧, Clean 清潔, Germs 細菌, Brush 刷, Toothpaste 牙膏, Toothbrush 牙刷, Rinse 沖洗, Loose Tooth 牙齒鬆動, Tooth Fairy 牙仙子

Episode 4
Articles

  • My Trip to the Dentist – Narrative

  • How Elephants Got Tusks – Group Play

  • All Kinds of Teeth – Nonfiction

  • Teeth at Work - Poem

Vocabulary
19 Words

Trip 旅行, Dentist 牙醫, Counted 數, Elephants 大象(複數), Tusks 象牙(複數), Ouch 唉呦, Hurt 痛, Sore 酸痛, Eye Tooth 犬齒, Front Teeth 門牙, Back Teeth 臼齒, Sharp 尖銳, Flat 平坦的, Rip 撕裂, Grind 磨碎, Bite 咬, Chomp 咀嚼, Chew 絞碎

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Level 1

Grade – Lower Elementary Students

Level – Basic Reading/Conversation Skills

Reading Short Stories / Articles / Poems

Issue 1 Topics –

Episodes 1-2 - Buggy Bugs  

Episodes 3-4 - Colors 

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Issue 1 - Topic 1 
Buggy Bugs

Episode 1
Articles

  • Bugs vs Insects

  • How to Read a Table of Contents – Kinds of Articles

  • Welcome to Buggy Bugs - Introduction Page

  • How a Butterfly Grows – Nonfiction

  • The Bug Club – Journal

Vocabulary
21 Words

Bug蟲, Insect昆蟲, Content內容, Fiction 小說, Non-fiction 非虛構, Journal 日誌, Observe觀察, Butterfly蝴蝶, Hatch孵出, Larva幼蟲, Caterpillar毛毛蟲, Hard Shell貝殼/外殼, Club俱樂部, Ladybug瓢蟲, Beetle甲蟲, Grasshopper蚱蜢, Bunch很多, Potato chips洋芋片, Anthill螞蟻窩, Firefly螢火蟲, Shining閃閃發光

Episode 2
Articles

  • Table of Contents – Kinds of Articles

  • Spiders Are Amazing – Non-fiction

  • The Ant and the Grasshopper – Fable

  • The Game - Poem

Vocabulary
20 Words

Fable 寓言, Poem 詩, Spider, 蜘蛛, Amazing 驚奇的, Sand沙, Dinner Plate餐盤, Raindrop雨滴, Walk Sideways側著走, Walk Upside Down倒立走, Spin Webs捲蜘蛛絲, Trap 設陷阱, Fall Day 秋天的日子, Winter冬天 , Carry搬 , Snow雪 , Tap 輕敲, Save Food 儲存食物, Camouflage 偽裝, Fly 蒼蠅, Cricket蟋蟀

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Issue 1 - Topic 2 
Colors

Episode 3
Articles

  • Title Page

  • Table of Contents – Kinds of Articles

  • Welcome to Colors – Introduction Page

  • Colors in Our World – Nonfiction

  • Fall Colors – Narrative

Vocabulary
20 Words

Colors顏色, Narrate敘述, Narrator敘述者, Narrative敘述的, Food食物, Flowers花, Animals動物, Everywhere到處, Helps幫助, Means意思, Map地圖, Wear穿, Team團隊, Rainbow彩虹, Leaf/Leaves葉子, Catch抓住, Crunch嘎紮嘎紮的, Crackling Sound輕微的爆裂聲, Ground地面, Will Be Gone會消失

Episode 4
Articles

  • Table of Contents– Kinds of Articles

  • How Color Helps Animals - Nonfiction

  • How to Mix Colors – Nonfiction

  • I Like Colors – Poem

  • Puzzle It Out - Riddles

Vocabulary
21 Words

Camouflage偽裝, Habitat 棲息地, Hide-And-Seek捉迷藏 , Squirrel 松鼠, Hare 野兔, Warn/Warning警告 , Bright 明亮的, Changing Colors變色 , Chameleon變色龍 , Mix混合 , Paint 畫/顏料, Cherry櫻桃 , Stop Sign 停止標誌, Sled 雪橇, Crayons 蠟筆, Carnation Pink 康乃馨粉, Metallic 金屬的, Fluorescent熒光的 , Riddle謎語 , Pond池塘 , Unscramble 解讀

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Level 3

Grade – Upper Elementary

Level - Intermediate Reading/Conversation Skills

Reading longer articles / magazines / short chapter books

Month 3 Issues

Episodes 1-2 – Creatures

Episodes 3-4 – What's so Funny

 

Level 3 is for upper elementary school students who are reading longer magazine articles or are starting to read chapter books. The subjects and vocabulary are more mature, suitable for this age range. The focus is on the harder words and phrases that we know many Taiwanese students may not be familiar with at this age. The pace is quicker, and these interesting stories and themes open up the conversation even more. We also welcome Jr. high students to join for some great conversation and fun practice.

Month 3 -Issue 1 
Creatures

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Episode 1
Articles

  • How Tortoise Got a Hard Shell - Folktale

  • Batty About Bats - Nonfiction

  • Going Ape for Gorillas – Diary

Vocabulary
30 Words

Leopard豹, Seal (V)封閉(動詞), Daily Schedule每日行程, Nocturnal夜行性, Flying Mammals會飛的哺乳類動物, Winged Mice有翅膀的老鼠, Roost  棲息處(N.)/棲息(V.), Shelter庇護處, Avoid Smashing Into Things避免撞到東西, Echolocation回聲定位, Sharp, High Chirping Sound尖銳高亢的啁啾聲, Sound Waves聲波, Object物件, Bounce Back反彈, Echo回音, Figure Out理解, Doze打瞌睡, Going Ape For對…變得狂熱, Gorilla大猩猩, Zoologist動物學家, Rain Forest雨林, Ferocious兇猛的, Bare Their Teeth   張牙裂嘴, Vegetarian素食者, Feast On盡情享用…, Knuckle關節, Wrestle扭打, Cuddle摟抱, Communicate溝通, Asl American Sign Language美國手語

Episode 2
Articles

  • Ew! Creepy Crawlies – Realistic Fiction

  • Reptiles: Fact or Fiction – Nonfiction

  • Algy Met a Bear – Poem

  • Puzzle It Out – Jokes & Riddles

Vocabulary
28 Words

Creepy蠕動的/令人毛骨悚然的(雙關語), Quartz石英(一種礦石), Rock Collection石頭收藏, Squeal尖叫, Peering細看, Land Slug陸蛞蝓, Tentacles觸角, Shiver顫抖, Roly-Poly不倒翁/圓滾滾的, Segmented分段的, Armor盔甲, Isopod等足類動物, Danger Approaching危險靠近, Reptiles爬蟲動物, Fact Or Fiction?事實還是虛構, Statement陳述, Scientists科學家, Left Over剩餘的, Buffalo水牛, Nostrils鼻孔, Skink石龍子, Mammal哺乳類動物, Bulge腫脹/凸出, Bamboo Forest竹林, Illegally非法的, Towed Away 被拖吊, Flea Market跳蚤市場(二手市場), Iron (Verb)(用熨斗)燙平

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Month 3 - Issue 2 
What's so Funny

Episode 1
Articles

  • The Sad Clown - Nonfiction

  • Gizmos, Gadgets, and Gears – Joke News Story

  • The Purple Cow - Poem

Vocabulary
27 Words

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Episode 2
Articles

swell (adj) 極好的, glee 快樂, hobo 流浪漢, sketch artist 素描藝術家, customer 顧客, spotlight 聚光燈, play different roles 扮演不同角色, make trouble 製造麻煩, tease 戲弄, tightrope 鋼絲/繩索, juggling 玩雜耍, senior homes 老人院, clown around 胡鬧, gizmo 小發明, gadget 小工具, gear 用具/齒輪, take a stroll 散步, convention center 會議中心, crafty kids 手靈巧的小孩, wacky inventions 古怪的發明, front display 前方展示, encounter 遇到, develop 發展, pull the lever 拉桿子, creation 開發, strapped to 綁在…, ‘Twas Midnight那是午夜, barefoot 赤腳

  • How to Tell a Joke – How-to Article

  • Goldilocks and Peter Pan to the Rescue – Fiction

  • Down on the Farm – Play

  • Puzzle It Out – Jokes & Riddles

Vocabulary
26 Words

Comedian 喜劇演員, Audience觀眾, Make Every Word Matter 讓每句話都重要, Set Up 為…作準備, Provide 提供, Expressively 富有表情的, Emotions 情緒, Rehearse 彩排, Punch Line 好笑的梗, Center Stage 舞台中央/焦點, Perform 表演, Introduce Yourself 自我介紹, Throw Down 扔, Pack A Wallop 起巨大作用, Costume Party 變裝派對, Invite 邀請, Feel Sorry 感到同情, Amazed 吃驚的, Simpleton 傻子, Nervous 緊張的, Milk Shake 奶昔, Pooch小 狗, Poached Eggs 水波蛋, Herd Of Cows 牛群, Hoarse 嘶啞, Empire State Building 帝國大廈(美國紐約)

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Grade – Upper Elementary

Level - Intermediate Reading/Conversation Skills

Reading longer articles / magazines / short chapter books

Month 2 Issues

Episodes 1-2 – Tales of the West

Episodes 3-4 – Disaster

Level 3

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Month 2 -Issue 1 
Tales of the West

Episode 1
Articles

  • Contents Page – Types of Articles

  • Welcome to Tales of the West – Introduction Page

  • It’s Junior Rodeo Time – Photo Essay

  • Covered Wagons – Nonfiction

Vocabulary
35 Words

Tale故事, West 美國西部, Photo Essay專題攝影, Covered Wagons 有篷的馬車, Scary Story 恐怖故事, Lumberjack 伐木工人, Carve 雕刻, Hail 冰雹, Stretch The Truth 誇大事實, Whopper大謊言, Junior Rodeo 少年牛仔競技表演, Whoop 吶喊, Holler 叫喊, Contest 比賽, Buckaroo 牛仔(俚語), Ride A Steer 騎馬, Bucking Beast 暴衝難馴的猛獸, Barrel Race 繞桶比賽, Tumble 翻滾, Give Chase開始追逐, Breakaway Calf Roping 用套索套住逃脫的小牛, Lasso 用套索捕捉(牛,馬等), Mutton Riding 騎綿羊, Bareback Event 不用馬鞍的騎乘活動, Saddle 鞍, Bronco 野馬, Bronco Busting 馴馬, Tame 馴服 Covered Wagons 有篷大馬車, Pioneers 先鋒, Trail 小徑, Prairie 草原, Sea Of Grass 草海, Canvas Tops 帆布車蓋, Prairie Schooner 大草原縱帆船(指:草原篷車)

Episode 2
Articles

  • Whoppers Stretch the Truth – Tall Tales

  • The Diary of Clare Brown – Diary

  • Campfire Chorus – Group Play

  • Gather Round the Campfire – Poem

  • Puzzle it Out – Compound Word Puzzles

Vocabulary
37Words

Tall Tales 荒唐的故事, Diary 日記, Play 戲劇/話劇, Exaggerate 誇大, Stretch The Truth 誇大事實, Rugged Worker 粗曠的工人, Outdo The Other 超越對方, Logging Camps 伐木營, Leave His Mark 留下標記, Great Lakes 五大湖, Keelboat Captain 龍骨船長, Shore 岸邊, Overflow 溢出, Cyclone 龍卷風, Squeeze 擠壓, Twister 龍卷風, Carve Out 雕刻出, Grand Canyon 大峽谷, Slave 奴隸, Freedom自由, Worn Out 疲憊不堪的, Slavery 奴隸制, Chorus 合唱, Settle 定居, Chinese Railroad Worker 鐵路工人, Stranger 陌生人, Cattle 牛, Panic 恐慌, Stampede 亂竄狂奔, Have It Rough 過得很艱辛, Pick & Shovel 鋤頭和鏟子, Blasting Powder 爆炸火藥, Antelope 羚羊, Discouraging Word 令人洩氣的話, Strum A Banjo 彈奏班鳩琴, Weave A Tale 編織故事, Glint 閃爍

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Month 2 - Issue 2 
Disaster

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Episode 1
Articles

  • Contents Page – Types of Articles

  • Welcome to Disaster – Introduction Page

  • Nature’s Fury – Photo Essay

  • A Storm to Remember – Realistic Fiction

  • Puzzle it Out – Synonyms

Vocabulary
27 Words

Disaster 災難, Strike 侵襲, Earthquakes地震, React應對, Nature’s Fury 大自然的反撲, Natural 自然的, Destructive Events 破壞性事件, Volcano 火山, Tornado 龍捲風, Tsunami 海嘯, Magma 岩漿, Lava 熔岩, Ash 灰燼, Whirling Funnel Cloud 旋轉龍捲雲, Plow Through 撞過, Splinter 碎片/裂成碎片, Fierce 凶猛的, Damage 損害, Huge Sections 巨大的部分, Pressure 壓力, Warning Systems 預警系統, Hurricane Warning 颶風警報, Shutters 百葉窗, Storm Cellar 防風窖, Silence 寧靜, Eye of The Storm 風暴之眼/颶風中心, The Storm Raged 風暴肆虐, Terrible 糟糕的

Episode 2
Articles

  • Train Wreck – Radio Play

  • On the Way to School – Comic Strip

  • Rusty to the Rescue – News Feature

  • Don’t Let Disasters Get You Down – Poem

Vocabulary
32 Words

Narrator 旁白, Program 節目, Tracks 軌道, Screeching 尖叫著, Warn Them 警示他們, Railroad 鐵路系統, Dash Into The Doorway 衝進門道, As Fast As Lightning 快如閃電, Flow 流動, Made A Hiss 發出嘶嘶聲, Search And Rescue Team 搜救專對, Respond To Disasters 應對災害, Buried Under Rubble 被埋在瓦礫下, Animal Shelter 動物收容所, Abandon 拋棄, His Future Was Uncertain 他的未來是渺茫的, Trained 訓練(過去式), High Spirits 熱情, Bravery 勇氣, Devoted To 奉獻給, Eager To Please 渴望討好, Survivor 生還者, Ruins 廢墟, Shift 輪班工作時間, Weary 疲倦的, Keep His Spirits High 振作精神, Victim 受難者, Alert 使警覺, Reward 獎賞, Get You Down 讓你沮喪, Oversleep 睡過頭, Terrible 糟糕的

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Level 3

Grade – Upper Elementary

Level - Intermediate Reading/Conversation Skills

Reading longer articles / magazines / short chapter books

Month 1 Issues

Episodes 1-2 – In Space

Episodes 3-4 – It’s a Mystery

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Month 1 - Issue 1 
In Space

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Episode 1
Articles

  • In Space – Space Words Brainstorm

  • How to Read a Table of Contents – Kinds of Articles

  • Welcome to In Space - Introduction Page

  • Space News – News Briefs

  • Moon Legends of the World – Legends

Vocabulary
25 Words

News Brief 新聞簡報 , Legends 傳奇, Hurricane 暴風驟雨, Astronomer 天文學家, Dwarf 矮人, Dwarf Planet 矮行星, Erupt爆發, Geyser 噴泉, Surface 地表, The Universe 宇宙, Space Dust 太空塵埃, Particles  粒子, Punishment懲罰, Gleaming 閃閃發光, Character 人物, Harvest Festival 中秋節, Get A Glimpse 看一眼, Egg Yolk 蛋黃, Symbolizes象徵著, Native American美洲原住民, Cultures文化, Coyote 郊狼, Trickster騙子, Influence影響 ,Have A Crush On Someone 暗戀某人, Numbers 1,000,000 – 130,000,000,000

Episode 2
Articles

  • Table of Contents – Kinds of Articles

  • Attic Alien – Science Fiction

  • A Field Guide to the Planets – Field Guide

  • Out of This World! Space Tourism – Nonfiction

  • Planet Hopping - Poem

Vocabulary
33 Words

Science Fiction 科幻小說, Field Guide 現場指南, Poem 詩, Attic 閣樓, Alien 外星人, Suede 絨面革, Fringes 流蘇, Dangling 懸空 , Antennae 天線, A. Space Pod 太空艙, Galaxy Hopper 太空船, Control Room 控制室, Neptune 海王星, Degree 度, Celsius 攝氏, Fahrenheit 華氏, Uranus 天王星, Saturn 土星, Jewelry 珠寶, Jupiter 木星, Air Tank 氧氣筒, Mars 火星, Sand Dune 沙丘, Mercury 水星, Venus 金星, Earth 地球, Quarter 四分之一,  Tourism 旅游, Cosmonaut 宇航員, Hefty沉重的, Aeronautics航空學, Reservation 預訂, Orbit 軌道

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Month 1 - Issue 2
It's a Mystery

Episode 1
Articles

  • Table of Contents – Kinds of Articles

  • Welcome to It’s a Mystery - Introduction Page

  • The Mystery of the Shredded Net – Realistic Fiction

  • Be a Good Detective – How-to Article

  • Why the Monsoon Comes Each Year - Folktale

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Vocabulary
28 Words

Mystery 神秘, Realistic Fiction 現實派小說, How-to Article 操作方法,  Folktale 民間傳說, Questions 問題, Wonder 想知道, Know 知道, Shredded 撕碎, Concerned 擔心, Confused 疑惑, Confounded 困惑, Get to the bottom of 揭開 , Litter 弄亂, Detective 偵探, Clues 線索, Ridges 嶺, Pattern 圖案, Scraggly 雜亂, Solve解決, Facts事實, Scene of the Crime犯罪現場, Pretend假裝, Sleep on It 需要時間思考, Monsoon 季風, Vietnam 越南, Emperor 皇帝, Spirit 靈魂, Waves Break 海浪拍打, Flood 淹水, Wash Away 沖刷掉

Episode 2
Articles

  • Table of Contents – Kinds of Articles

  • Follow the Bouncing Lightning Ball – Nonfiction

  • The Oak Island Myster – Nonfiction

  • As I Was Going to St. Ives – Rhyming Riddle

  • Detective Hound - Poem

Vocabulary
20 Words

Rhyming Riddle 押韻謎語, Lightning 閃電, Swiftly 迅速, Thunder 雷聲, Rumbles 隆隆聲, Bolt of Lightning 一道閃電, Fizzing Sound 嘶嘶聲, Bitter Odor 苦味, Comet 彗星, Disbelief 不相信, Phenomenon 現象, Microwave Oven 微波爐, Treasure 寶藏, Pirate 海盜, Layer of Stone石頭層, Clay 黏土, Drill 鑽, Putty 油灰, Ruined 毀了

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