Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Interactive Gadget to Write Stories & Poems

August 27th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 27, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PicLits.com

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5 to adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, unique and engaging tool to inspire creative writing and poetry.
The idea here is to:

1) Select a background picture from an array of beautiful, striking, and surprising images. (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability.)

2) Drag-and-drop word tiles displayed below the background picture to create a short story or poem inspired by the image in the photograph.

3) Edit the story or poem to create a satisfying literary work of any length.

This gadget is modeled after the magnetic word tiles that many people have on their refrigerators. As explained at the website, “The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture with word tiles below it. You can dive right in – or, if you would prefer some instruction on how to use this tool effectively, click on “Learn It” on the horizontal menu bar at the top of the page. A new page opens with three options:

*Write It – Get some basic tips along with ideas on how to use the word tiles to write a simple caption, a compound sentence, and a paragraph.

*Rhyme It – Read some suggestions on how to use rhymes and similes to create poetry.

*Master It – Explore a series of “advanced” lesson plans on how to write poems – including the use of figurative language such as metaphors, similes, allusion, personification, irony, imagery and more.

You can post the finished work in the public gallery, save them in your own free account file, e-mail the results, or link to them on Facebook – a clever way to inspire the young writers at your house!

Free Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1-8

August 20th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 20, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Zaner Bloser: Spelling Connections

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free downloadable and printable spelling practice worksheets in English and Spanish.
There are a year’s worth of worksheets for each grade level. Although designed to be used in conjunction with the Zaner Bloser spelling program in a classroom setting, the worksheets can easily be used without the program at home.
When you get to the site you’ll see an introductory message and a menu of grade levels from 1-8. Click on any grade and a new page opens providing you with the opportunity to download and print the worksheets in English or Spanish.
Each grade level covers spelling skills that progress in difficulty with each subsequent grade. For example:
  • Grade 1 – Worksheets include words with short and long vowel sounds, adding ‘s’ to words, adding ‘ing’, and using consonant blends.
  • Grade 4 – Short and long vowel sounds, diphthongs, silent consonants, suffixes, contractions, prefixes, calendar words, plurals, possessives, compound words, and words for continents and nationalities.
  • Grade 8 – Closed and open syllables, compound words, double consonants, prefixes, suffixes, irregular plurals, Latin roots and forms, words from other languages, commonly confused words, words of names and places, and frequently misspelled words.
You can print out “homework” spelling practice activity worksheets for each grade level too.

Free Online News for Children 8-15

August 13th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 13, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Youngzine.com

 

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

Youngzine is a free online news website for children that presents current events in politics, science & technology, environment, and society through articles, pictures and videos without the risk of running into inappropriate or sensational content.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some of the featured news articles. Use the menu at the top of the screen to access information about:
  • World News
  • Science & Tech
  • Our Earth
  • Society & Arts
  • Sports
Each section offers articles, videos, picture galleries, facts, trivia, and additional resources for learning more about various topics.

There is also a section called “Play Zine” that contains comics, entertaining and fun videos, and online interactive games.

Access to the content on the site is free. Readers are encouraged to register at the site (also free) and join in the online community of parents and children to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and win points through participation. All content is moderated by Youngzine’s editorial team.

Emily Dickinson Poems, Activities, Lessons

August 6th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 6, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Emily Dickinson Museum

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Emily Dickinson Museum website offers a view into the poet’s life, times, and work with free lessons, activities and much more!
When you get to the site you’ll see the featured news and events, as well as the “Poem of the Week.” Below the poem you’ll find links to a word search puzzle based on the poem, as well links to learn more about Dickinson’s poetry, life, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Use the menu at the top of the page to explore the site including:
  • Emily Dickinson – Read her biography, learn about her childhood, youth, and her writing. See pictures of her home and the room where she wrote over 1,000 poems.
  • The Museum – Get an overview of the exhibits and the various Dickinson family properties that influenced Emily’s poetry. Take a virtual video tour of the landscaped grounds.
  • Education – Click on “For Teachers” in this section to find suggestions on how to help students appreciate Dickinson’s poems. You’ll also find “Lesson Ideas” that explore language, interpret poetry, starter poems and writing assignments, and a set of lessons from the National Endowment for Humanities. 

You’ll also find  “Fun and Games” – with coloring pages, puzzles, riddles, and the “Poem of the Week” word search activity. Get free instructions on how to make “Jacob’s Ladder” – a fun and unique toy!

Early Literacy Rhymes and Songs

July 30th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 30, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

King County Library System: Tell Me A Story

 

Age Range: 2-8 (Grades PreK-3 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Sponsored by The King County Library System of Washington state, this website provides hundreds of rhymes and songs to promote early literacy. You’ll find the printable lyrics/words, and in many cases you can watch librarians and educators perform the fingerplays or sing the songs on YouTube videos.
When you get to the site you’ll see three menus. The first is a list of ALL the titles of YouTube videos organized by year from 2009 – 2014. Another is an alphabetical list of ALL the titles that are included in this archive. (Click on the “next 200″ link located on the bottom left side of the page to see them all.) You’ll also find a “Themes” menu that includes:
  • Animals
  • Clothing
  • Body Parts
  • Counting
  • Bugs and Insects
  • Food
  • Seasons
  • Weather
  • Colors
  • Holidays
  • Shapes
  • And More!

Just click on a theme and a new page opens with an alphabetized menu of titles. For example, if you click on “Animals” you’ll find familiar rhymes such as, Farmer in the Dell, BINGO, Five Little Pumpkins, Hickory Dickory, Dock, I Wish I Were A Fishy In The Sea, Kookaburra Song, Old MacDonald, Pop Goes The Weasel, Willoughby, Wallaby, Woo, and hundreds more!

Click on any title and a new page opens with the lyrics of the rhyme, and in many instances you can watch a video presentation as well. You can watch the videos with your child, or use them to refresh your memory of the words, tune, or hand gestures and motions so that you can introduce them to your child offline.
Bookmark this site; it’s a great resource whenever you need a fun rhyme or song to enhance learning, or just to brighten the day.
Note: We did not review any other portion of the Kings County Library System website. Therefore, parents, as always, should preview the website and supervise Internet use.

Free Audio Stories for Kids!

July 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 23, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Storynory

 

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

If you don’t know about this website – you should! Storynory.com offers a treasure trove of free audio stories for kids that include fairy tales, myths, original stories and more.
Every week a new audio story is published on the website (and has been since 2005). You can listen online or download the stories from iTunes in the Kids and Family Podcast section for free.

The storytellers are entertaining and the content includes:

*Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen

*Folktales and legends from around the world

*Beloved children’s tales such as the Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling

*Classics including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and an entire audio book of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

*Original children’s stories created by the owners of the site. The founders of Storynory (a writer and BBC radio journalist) own an online media consulting company.

You can subscribe to their e-newsletter for free and get the new weekly stories delivered by email to your inbox.

Listening to audio stories develops language arts skills, improves attention, and sparks the imagination.

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