Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Egg Language Arts

April 12th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 12, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

The websites below have online children’s stories about eggs and the bunny

Not all of the following online children’s stories are about eggs, but rather, the legendary egg delivery guy — the bunny. The best of the bunch is the last story.

The Easter Egg Hunt 

(www.storyjumper.com/book/index/4929542/The-Easter-Egg-Hunt#)


The Adventurous Bunny and Easter Island 

(learningbox.com/bunny/1.htm)


The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

(http://lightupyourbrain.com/stories/audio-story-the-tale-of-peter-rabbit/)

Fun Poetry Lessons & Activities for Kids

April 5th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 5, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Giggle Poetry

(www.gigglepoetry.com/index.aspx)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

April is National Poetry Month! This website offers such a fun way to introduce kids to poetry. It provides free lessons and activities that will inspire the poet in your child. This site is designed with classroom teachers in mind, but most of the content can be tweaked for homeschool use as well.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of featured items in the center of the screen and a menu on the left that you can use to navigate through topics such as: 

  • Poetry Class – Use these easy-to-follow instructions to learn how to write funny poems in no time at all. Write poetry about feelings, songs, seasons – and learn to write limericks and haiku too.
  • Poetry Fun – Try to say some tongue twisters, learn to rhyme, and try your hand at fill-in-the-blank poetry.
  • Poetry Theater – Perform plays using a selection of popular and funny poems archived here.
  • Read & Rate – Find a selection of poems on topics such as summer fun, birthdays, yucky poems, love poems, food poems, scary poems and many more. Read the poetry and then rate it on the giggle meter.
  • Ask the Poet – Read the bios and get the scoop on your favorite children’s poets.

There is much more to explore at this site, so bookmark it to return often.

Free Downloadable Art Lessons

April 1st, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, April 1, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Project ARTiculate

(www.projectarticulate.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Find over 75 art projects and downloadable lesson plans at this website from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) and the Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC).

Projects are sorted into 5 art types: 

  • 2-D Art
  • 3-D Art
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking

Or search for subject related projects for: 

  • English / Language Arts
  • Geography
  • Government & Citizenship
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Skills for a Healthy Life
  • Technology
  • World Languages
  • Cultural Standards

Each project includes: 

  • An image of the finished project and a description
  • Suggested grade level
  • Objectives and assessment criteria
  • Materials list
  • Related vocabulary some with links to definitions
  • Related art elements covered
  • Downloadable PDF of the entire lesson plan with instructions, assessment tools, and more.

With all the lessons neatly laid out, you will want to bookmark this website as you will certainly want to come back to it time and time again.

Multi-Media Language Arts Activities

January 11th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 11, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/languages/words/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7 approximately, children with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language. Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes: 

  • World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.
  • Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English Bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.
  • Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”?  This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!
  • Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.
  • Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.

The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

Holiday Language Arts And Free Audiobooks

December 21st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, December 21, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday Language Arts And Free Audiobooks

(See below.)

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

 

This week, we are featuring Language Arts with a holiday theme.

The Holiday Zone

(http://www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/christmas-language.html)

At this website you’ll find an ingenious list of Christmas-themed activities that will stimulate reading, writing, story-telling, and vocabulary development. You’ll also find suggestions for creating acrostic poems and playing some language arts games. Some of the ideas are better suited to a classroom environment – but many can be tweaked for homeschooling. 

Story-Lovers.com: In the Spirit of the Winter Holidays

(www.story-lovers.com/bareboneswinterstories.html)

This website offers a free compilation of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa stories. Simply click on a title on the menu to read the story online. Some of the stories have a link to the original source material on the Net. You can just quickly scan stories, and then head to your bookstore or library to find the tales your children will enjoy in book format.

LibriVox: Free Christmas Audiobooks

(librivox.org/)

LibriVox is an organization that gathers volunteers to record literature in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. At the website you can access holiday-themed stories. Not only can you download the MP3s and listen to the stories, most contain links to the full text so you can read along – all for free! Here are some titles: 

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nick) by Clement C. Moore

Gingerbread Language Arts

December 14th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, December 14, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Gingerbread Language Arts

(see below)

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

 

Continuing with our holiday theme, here are some Language Arts sites related to gingerbread.

Jan Brett’s Audio-Visual Version of “The Gingerbread Baby”

http://www.janbrettvideos.com/how_to_draw_a_gingerbread_baby_high_bandwidth.htm

Gather the family around the computer for a treat! You can watch a film of beloved children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett reading her story, “The Gingerbread Baby,” aloud at this website. Not only that, she offers lots of arts and crafts activity pages all themed around “The Gingerbread Baby.” Simply click on “Home Page” at the bottom of the screen. When the Home Page opens, you’ll find links to “Activities” and “Coloring Pages” on the menu. If you click on either one, you can find a menu containing activity items related to “The Gingerbread Baby” story.

Topmarks Education: The Traditional Gingerbread Man Story

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/stories/gingerbread.htm

Read an interactive, online version of the classic, traditional tale of “The Gingerbread Man.”

The Annotated Gingerbread Man

http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/gingerbread/index.html

You can read an annotated version of the classic tale, “The Gingerbread Man,” at this website. See various illustrations and books about “The Gingerbread Man.” Use the menu on the left side of your screen to discover similar stories from other cultures – such as “The Runaway Pancake”, “The Johnny Cake”, and “The Runaway Tortilla”.

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