Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

May 13th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 13, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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BBC: Skillswise

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This BBC website offers free interactive games that teach practical literacy skills. Although designed for adults, students (about 11 and up) can use this resource as well. Instead of playing young “kiddie games” that are sometimes too elementary, slow-moving, or annoyingly “cutesy,” students can practice basic reading, writing, grammar and spelling with games that use more sophisticated vocabulary and topics (although some of the games are still very simple with young-ish animations). 
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of English skills including:
  • Reading – Learn phonics, letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and more.
  • Writing – This section covers handwriting, typing, filling in a form, writing a paragraph or letter, and proofreading.
  • Spelling – Discover root words, prefixes and suffixes, letter patterns, and more.
  • Word Grammar – Find out about verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
  • Sentence Grammar – Practice sentence structure, tenses, and punctuation. 

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Watch a short video, play some games to reinforce learning, and take some short quizzes.

IMPORTANT: In all of the games we sampled for this review, we didn’t find any objectionable content. However, we did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

Stories From A Long, Long Time Ago

April 8th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 8, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Long, Long Time Ago – stories for you

Age Range: 3-11 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Children’s book author, Rohini Chowdhury, retells a collection of timeless tales for kids that you can read online or print out to read offline. There are no bells and whistles at this website just interesting stories that children will enjoy reading or hearing.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:
  • Fables
  • Folktales
  • Fairytales
  • Myths
  • Festival Stories
  • Tales from History
  • Classics
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Stories Behind Great Discoveries
  • Tales Behind Nursery Rhymes
  • Short Stories
Click on any item and a new page opens with a brief historical introduction and a short menu of stories in that tradition. Most are retold by Chowdhury, unless otherwise indicated. The stories are presented in plain text, and a few of the stories are accompanied by colorful illustrations.NOTE: Because myths, fairytales, legends, fantasy and the like can touch on many themes and topics, parents (as always) should preview the material on this site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Pomegranate Pips” for young children (about ages 3-5) are all accompanied by illustrations.

In addition to the stories available on the site, you’ll find some free, printable, activity pages – a crossword and a word search for older children, and a maze for young children.

To top off the offerings on this site, you’ll find reviews of children’s books and some very interesting biographies of children’s writers.

Online Stories & Interactives for Kids

March 18th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, March 18, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Johnnie’s Story Page

 

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers an archive of links to interactive stories and reading activities for children up to ten years of age
When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:
  • Beginning Readers – Over 40 interactive stories from the British Council, PBS, and Scholastic, along with alphabet and phonics activities from Starfall.
  • Classic Stories – Click on the links to read familiar children’s stories online such as Mother Goose, fairy tales, Greek mythology, Aesop’s Fables and more.
  • Older Readers – You’ll find links to myths, legends, ghost stories, and even Roald Dahl’s website (he’s the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

Teach-nology.com: St. Patrick’s Day

March 11th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, March 11, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Teach-nology.com: St. Patrick’s Day

 

Age Range: 5 and up (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site has all kinds of language arts activities themed around St. Patrick’s Day!
There are worksheets including:
  • acrostic poems
  • adjective worksheets (how many ways can you describe a head of cabbage)
  • crossword puzzles
  • cryptogram
  • reading comprehension worksheet
  • vocabulary quiz
  • word scrambles
  • group creative writing lesson
  • a St. Patrick’s Day Maze
  • St. Patrick’s Day songs
and much more!

Free Literature (Novel) Guides!

March 4th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, March 4, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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LitCharts

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free literature guides to help students analyze novels and plays.
LitCharts are similar to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes except the summary and analysis sections are side-by-side, making them easier to use and they are created by the original editors of SparkNotes. They are shorter than conventional guides, but haven’t sacrificed detail for brevity.

These literature guides provide students with everything needed to better understand what they read, ace any tests and quizzes, and write analysis papers.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of literature titles that includes: 

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Hamlet by Shakespeare
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
You can view the guides online for free by clicking a title. A new page opens with the complete literature guide that includes:
  • Background Info
  • Plot Summary
  • Characters
  • Themes
  • Symbols
  • Quotes
  • Summary and Analysis by Chapter
You can also download the PDF of each one for free to view or print offline.

Cookbooks Based on Children’s Literature

February 25th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, February 25, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Vandergrift’s Children’s Literature

 

Age Range: All (All grades, children with parental supervision)

 

Nothing brings literature to life like doing the things the characters in the book do! So many wonderful children’s stories have references to food – the characters talk about food, grow food, make food, cook food, eat food, think about food, and use food for unusual, funny, and fascinating purposes.
At this website you will find a list of cookbooks that contain recipes based on children’s literature. From Peas Porridge Hot – A Mother Goose Cookbook to Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes (Dahl is the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and more) to The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook – this website provides a way to find recipes for delicious foods that reinforce learning language arts. Just print out the list, take it to your library or bookstore, and cook up a good read.

Once you do that, visit the rest of this site by returning to the home page where you will find inspirational messages on how to share good literature with children along with fascinating insight to gender and cultural issues in stories designed for children. There are bibliographies of books on author’s lives. You will even find “A Sort of Children’s Literature Literacy Test” – in which you are given the first line of a picture or story book and asked to name the title of the book!

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