Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Children’s Literature Arts & Crafts

September 13th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, September 13, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK – Children’s Book Breaks

(www.dltk-teach.com/books/index.htm)

Age Range: 4-10 (for pre-readers and early readers, Grades PreK-4, with parental supervision)

 

This is a massive arts and crafts website that offers free coloring pages and craft activities that correlate with children’s literature including books, fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes. It’s a great way to extend the learning (and the fun!) after you read a story with your child.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Arthur
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Curious George
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
  • Nursery Rhyme Activities
  • Stone Soup
  • ~ and many more!

Click on any title and a new page opens where you’ll find printable coloring pages of the book characters and scenes, as well as craft activities such as instructions and printable templates for making puppets, felt board characters, story sequencing cards, and art projects of all kinds.

Be sure to click on: 

  • Book Report Ideas – Get free templates for making a book report and a diorama.
  • Home Made School Journals – Access free instructions and templates on how to make your own personalized journals and diaries.
  • Mini Books – Find an amazing array of printable alphabet stories, Bible stories, holiday stories, and some themed stories. You can also print out templates for making custom stories that are all about your child.

This site offers fun ways to enhance learning through blending reading, writing, and art!

Free Reading Lessons & Activities for K-3

July 26th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 26, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeReading

(www.freereading.net/)

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, multi-media, open-source instructional reading program that includes a 40-week series of reading lessons covering phonological awareness and phonics activities.

As mentioned at the website, FreeReading provides scope and sequence activities (under the “Find Activities” link) in the following categories: 

  • Print Concepts: Students learn how different forms of print are read.
  • Phonological Awareness: Students learn to blend and segment the sounds in spoken words.
  • Letter Sounds: Students learn to say the most common sounds for printed letters.
  • Sounding Out: Students learn to produce and blend the letter-sound patterns in written words.
  • Word-Form Recognition: Students learn to read written words without sounding them out.
  • Irregular Words: Students learn to read high-frequency irregular words by sight.
  • Advanced Phonics: Students learn to read words with features such as inflected endings, silent letters, and multiple syllables.
  • Letter Combinations: Students learn to say the most common sounds for letter combinations such as sh and oa.
  • Letter Writing: Students learn the correct way to write letters.
  • And more.

All of this is accomplished with free, downloadable and printable lessons and materials such as picture cards, word cards, flashcards, word list generators, and much more.

Also check out “Teaching Tools” – as it provides a good overview of the site and how to use it to your student’s best advantage.

Free Crash Course in English Literature

July 12th, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Crash Course – Literature

(http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOeEc9ME62zTfqc0h6Pe8vb)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Best-selling author of young adult fiction, John Green, offers this free video mini-series, “Crash Course in English Literature” that revs up interest and understanding of classic literature for the high school age crowd.

With manic enthusiasm, he hurtles through plots, characters, writing styles, trivia, and jokes (that will make you groan) – all punctuated with colorful pictures, illustrations, doodles and more.

When you get to the YouTube site, you’ll see a menu of the current videos in the series including: 

  • How and Why We Read
  • Of Pentameter & Bear Baiting – Romeo & Juliet
  • Was Gatsby Great? – The Great Gatsby
  • Language, Voice, and Holden Caulfield – The Catcher in the Rye
  • Before I Got My Eye Put Out – The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Each video course provides knowledge about the literature in a way that really speaks to those who are resistant to it. Green uses funny analogies, quips, gimmicks, and references to pop culture to provide an analysis of the literature that makes it more understandable for today’s teen.

Note to Parents: John Green does address mature adult topics in these literary works. As always, parents should preview the videos to determine suitability of content.

After exploring the “Crash Course in English Literature,” use the menu to check out Green’s other Crash Courses: 

  • Crash Course in World History (42 videos)
  • Crash Course in Biology (40 videos)
  • Crash Course in Ecology (12 videos)
  • Crash Course in U.S. History (48 videos)

And lots more.

Free Spelling Games & Quizzes

June 28th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 28, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grade Spelling

(gradespelling.com/)

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

 

This is a FREE program which includes a spelling placement test, spelling & vocabulary (games, activities & tests), writing lessons, & novel study guides by grade.

When you get to the site, choose Spelling & Vocabulary or Book Guides. Under Spelling & Vocabulary, you can choose a grade level to begin right away or scroll below the grade choices to the Spelling Placement Test. Each grade level has 30-40 weeks’ worth of activities. Under Book Guides, choose the book you want to be tested on – they are listed in alphabetical order. The activities for both sections include: 

  • Hear It! Say It! Write It!
  • Word Introduction
  • Spell & Learn
  • Word Jumble
  • Spelling Bee
  • Flash Cards
  • and more.

You can use this site as a guest (free), or purchase the “premium” program that allows you to monitor a student’s progress and advance them only when mastery of the subject matter has been achieved.

Free, Daily, Current Events Lesson Plans

May 17th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, May 17, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The New York Times: The Learning Network

(www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learning-activities-for-students)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

The New York Times offers “fresh classroom resources – from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contests and more – all based on the articles, essays, images, videos and graphics published on NYTimes.com.”

When you get to the site you will see Activities for Students: 

  • Articles and Questions – Article of the Day and Teenagers in the Times
  • Writing Prompts – Student Opinion Questions and Picture Prompts
  • Quizzes and Crosswords – Word of the Day, Weekly News Quiz and Student Crosswords
  • Multimedia – What’s Going on in this Picture
  • Contests – The Eighth Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest starts June 16.

You can access the news stories for free, and no registration is required.

Grammar Gorillas & More!

May 10th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, May 10, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunBrain: Grammar Gorillas

(www.funbrain.com/games/grammar-gorillas)

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

 

As we celebrate National Pet Week, today’s websites are centered around gorillas. It will have your kids swinging on vines…

Did you know that “Grammar Gorillas” is also a term used to describe any feature of grammar which people find particularly challenging? At this site, learn various parts of speech and grammar with this fast-paced, fun, and interactive game called “Grammar Gorillas.”

Most people don’t have pet gorillas. However, in Woodside, California there is a very unusual “pet” gorilla named Koko, who since 1971 has learned to sign over 1,000 words and can also understand spoken English! Here are a couple of websites that feature Koko and her uncanny ability with language arts: 


Meet Koko


Learn to sign with Koko

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