Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Free Grammar Book with Activities & Worksheets

September 10th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, September 10, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Azar Grammar: Fun with Grammar

 

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you can download the book, Fun with Grammar for free and use the activities and games to supplement and enhance any study of grammar. The games reinforce the correct use of grammar through oral and written activities.

While designed for ESL classroom use, many of the activities can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment. This book was originally designed to be used with a specific grammar curriculum, but it is not necessary to purchase the curriculum to enjoy and learn from the activities.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of book chapters that cover grammar topics such as:

  • Verbs – Present, Past, and Future
  • Nouns & Pronouns
  • Prepositions
  • Adjectives
  • Passive Voice
  • Gerunds and Infinitives
  • Comparatives and Superlatives
  • ~And More!

Look at the menu on the right to find free grammar worksheets. These are also designed to be used with a specific grammar curriculum but can easily be adapted for anyone to use. Find these types of materials for Basic English Grammar, Intermediate and Advanced: 

  • Teacher-Created Worksheets
  • Expansion Activities
  • Vocabulary Worksheets
  • Song Lessons
  • PowerPoint Supplements

Literature-Based Finance Lessons for Kids

September 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, September 3, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Wise Pockets

 

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

Note: Although this website is designed for students ages 8-11, older students and adults may benefit from the information here as well.
This website is provided by the University of Missouri. It is designed to help classroom students in grades 3-6 become more knowledgeable about personal finance including saving, investing, and using credit. The lessons and activities can be easily adjusted for homeschool students.
What is unique here, is that personal finance concepts and lessons are taught through the use of children’s literature. Wise Pockets has selected books with themes that relate to money, and developed lesson plans and activities that extend the learning to help students become better money managers. There are 13 book titles in all that include:
  • The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • The Leaves In October by Karen Ackerman
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars by Paul Danziger
  • Meet Molly, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • and more!
Click on any title and a new page opens with a free, printable, classroom lesson containing objectives, detailed instruction procedure steps, activity sheets, and extension/enrichment recommendations.

Interactive Gadget to Write Stories & Poems

August 27th, 2014

 

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

 

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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!

 

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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!

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