Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Are You a Grammar Ninja?

June 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 22, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Ninja

(www.kwarp.com/portfolio/grammarninja.html)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides a fun game to help students develop a working knowledge of the parts of speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, articles, conjunctions, and prepositions.


When you get to the website, read the instructions on how to play the game. Then, select a level of play (from beginner to master).

As the game begins, you’ll be presented with sentences and asked to find various parts of speech. The game tracks the time you require to answer the questions, as well as any errors you make. If you make a mistake, the game board displays the correct answer.

There are three levels of play culminating in the title “Master Grammar Ninja.” Your kids will find playing this game is a whole lot more fun than drill and practice work – and I’ll bet some of you parents will have fun testing your grammar skills as well.

Free AudioBooks of Classic Stories & Poems

June 15th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 15, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lit2Go

(etc.usf.edu/lit2go/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free audiobooks of classic literature, stories, and poems in MP3 format that you can download to your MP3 player or listen to on your computer. (There is a free conversion app for iTunes as well.) You can also read the text of the literature on the webpage or download a pdf and print it out to read offline.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and links to the ways you can browse for information including by: 

  • Authors – Enjoy listening to literature by Aesop, Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Brothers Grimm, Thomas Jefferson, Jack London, Melville, Poe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thoreau, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Walt Whitman and many more.
  • Books – You can listen to titles such as Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, Common SenseThe Emperor’s New Clothes, The Gift of the Magi, Just So Stories, A Little PrincessThe Merchant of Venice, Rip Van Winkle, The Scarlet Letter, Treasure Island, The Ugly Duckling, The Wind In The Willows, and more.
  • Readability – Click on any grade level from K-12 to find a suggested list of suitable titles based on the Flesch-Kincaid reading level scale.

This is a terrific resource for homeschoolers, unschoolers, and carschoolers!

Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

June 1st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 1, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pete’s PowerPoint Station: Language Arts

(languagearts.pppst.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and activities on every facet of Language Arts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes: 

  • Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch Words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.
  • Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, classics, etc.
  • Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.
  • Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.
  • Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.
  • Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
  • Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.
  • Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well. Then, click on a topic of interest and a new page opens that launches the program.  

But wait, there’s more! This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject. You heard us. Go to the home page and see for yourself at http://www.pppst.com/index.html

This is one of the most comprehensive resources we’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free?

Free Typing Lessons and Games

May 25th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 25, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeTypingGame.Net

(www.freetypinggame.net/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides free touch-typing lessons as well as practice games and tests.

When you get to the site use the display menu or the menu tabs at the top of the screen to access:

  • Free Typing Lessons – Use your computer’s keyboard and follow the simple instructions on the site to learn to type. The interactive program teaches 2 keys at a time, starting with the “home row.” Beginners will find a proper hand placement guide too.
  • Free Typing Games – Choose from several different interactive, fun, arcade-like games that reinforce typing skills. For example, play “Meteor Typing Blast” and protect your spaceships from meteors and hostile UFOs – by using your typing skills to blast them out of the universe! Or for something a little less intense, try “Save the Sailboat Race.” Type the falling letters before they land on the boats and ruin the race!
  • Free Typing Tests – Get an accurate word per minute assessment of your typing ability. The tests have timer options of 1 to 5 minutes. When you’re through, submit your speed on the world wide scoreboard for all to see. Or print out a certificate with your name and typing speed.

Bookmark this one to return often.

Learn About Shakespeare – Online!

May 18th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 18, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Shakespeare Online

(www.shakespeare-online.com)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all of Shakespeare’s works online along with articles and analysis of his life and works – and much more.

The site is produced by Amanda Mabillard who holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alberta in Canada and focused on Shakespeare and Renaissance political philosophy in both undergraduate and graduate school. She also happens to be the Shakespeare Guide on About.com, so some of her articles link to material posted there.

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured content in the center of the screen including a link to “Why Study Shakespeare”?

Use the menu on the left side of the screen to access all of his plays and sonnets along with analysis, plots, a biography of Shakespeare scholars, and a fun selection of Shakespeare quizzes.

Use the menu on the right side of the screen to get the answer to the question of the day, see the featured quote, the word of the week, and more.

The content here is comprehensive and a terrific resource for homeschool families. Bookmark this one so you can return often.

Free K-12 Literature Lessons & Activities

May 11th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 11, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EDSITEment – Literature and Language Arts

(edsitement.neh.gov/subject/literature-language-arts)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers free, high-quality online lesson plans integrated with resources to promote active learning in literature and language arts (as well as other subjects such as art, foreign language, history and social studies).

When you get to the site, you’ll see a featured lesson plan. Below that is a sorting tool where you can select the grade level you want (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) and other features including subtopics such as: 

  • Biography
  • Drama
  • Essay
  • Fables, Fairy Tales, and Folklore
  • Novels
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories

Submit your parameters and a menu of lesson plans will appear below the sorting tool. Click on any lesson title and a new page opens displaying the lesson including: 

  • Guiding Questions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Preparation Instructions
  • Lesson Activities
  • Extending the Lesson

You’ll find links to free, carefully screened educational websites where you can read the literature online and find resources to extend the learning. In some cases you’ll find free, printable worksheets as well.

The content is so extensive that a description here simply doesn’t do it justice. This is a remarkable resource for the home educator – so bookmark it to return often.

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