Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Language Arts Activities with The Polar Express

December 12th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, December 12, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Polar Express

(polarexpress.com/schools-libraries)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. This timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. We thought it would be fun to explore learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.


When you get to the site, you’ll find a link to download an extensive discussion guide and a list of additional curriculum connections: 

  • Creative Writing/Language Arts – Brainstorm winter words; ask children to imagine their own magical midnight train ride and write about it, list all of the adjectives, then verbs, then nouns.
  • Read-Aloud – Have a Polar Express Party! Click the link to download a complete party kit.
  • Science/Geography – Find the North Pole on a globe or map, and write a short report on its characteristics.
  • Topics for Further Research – Polar ice cap, Northern lights, reindeer
  • And more!

When you think you’ve done everything you can, find the link to “More Games & Fun” to access activities, games and recipes.

Fun with Ambigrams

November 28th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, November 28, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Inversions by Scott Kim

(www.scottkim.com.previewc40.carrierzone.com/inversions/)

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

At today’s website you can explore the fascinating world of “ambigrams” also known as “inversions.”

What’s an ambigram? This is a “cool, artistic twist on wordplay!” Ambigrams are words that can be read in more than one way – that is, right side up, upside down, inverted, rotated, or mirrored.

At this website you’ll find classroom activities for grades 3-12, using ambigrams and inversions. According to the website, these exercises teach symmetry, art, geometry, language arts, and creative thinking. When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Classroom Activities – Get free ambigram-themed lessons and games including printable handouts and teacher notes.
  • Classroom Galleries – See samples of inversions or ambigrams submitted by students.

Please note, that this site recommends more learning resources about ambigrams at other websites. We have not reviewed these other sites and as always, parents should preview.

Ambigrams are a fun way to play with words, providing an opportunity to improve Language Arts skills in spelling and vocabulary, and much more!

Cranberry Fun Facts and A Word Search

November 21st, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, November 21, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cranberry Facts

(www.teachervision.com/food/cranberry-facts)

Age Range: 8-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

Cranberries – Read All About It! At this site you can read lots of information about cranberries including the origins of the name, how Native Americans used them, and best of all – fun facts about cranberries.

For example, did you know that Native Americans made a survival cake out of deer meat and cranberries called “pemmican”? Did you know that Americans consume some 400 million pounds of cranberries each year? About 80 million pounds – or 20 percent – are gobbled up during Thanksgiving week! For more fun facts visit the site!

Have fun solving this Thanksgiving word search puzzle that you can print or do online. The information and words you learn from reading fun facts about cranberries will help you to recognize words like: “cranberries, “Pilgrims,” and “Plymouth” and more. Happy Thanksgiving!

Free Thanksgiving Lessons

November 14th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, November 14, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The First Thanksgiving

(www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades Pre-K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Scholastic offers free Thanksgiving lessons with Common Core-aligned lessons and activities.

The website says: “Introduce your class to the first harvest celebration, delve deeper into the relationships between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags, and take a closer look at the historical significance of the Pilgrims’ settlement.”

Choose from: 

  • The Mayflower
  • Daily Life
  • The Feast
  • Historical Letters – with audio!
  • Videos and photos
  • Teaching Resources – Lesson plans by grade level and more!

Using the lesson plans, students will develop an understanding of historical events from different perspectives while practicing reading comprehension, creative writing, sequencing, and analytical and research skills.


The lesson plans are complete with reproducibles, a Thanksgiving book list, and recommended related materials to enhance and extend learning further.

Lessons from the Norman Rockwell Museum

November 10th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 10, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Norman Rockwell Museum – Curriculum Lab

(www.nrm.org/learn/curriculum-lab/)

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

 

Use the art of Norman Rockwell for your history, social studies and language arts classes with the lessons from this section of the larger Norman Rockwell Museum website.

When arriving at today’s link you will see images of some of Rockwell’s iconic work. Hover over the image to reveal the lesson name and suggested grade level. Or use the dropdown boxes above the images to search for lessons for a specific grade, subject, or theme. There are also three lessons featuring the work of Jerry Pinkney and can be sorted by using the “Artist” dropdown menu. 

Examples of units include: 

  • What’s the Headline – (Grades 6-12) Using the “War News” painting, explore the events leading up to the invasion of Normandy.
  • WWII on the Homefront The Four Freedoms – (All grades) Get creative with art and writing while learning about the purpose of Rockwell’s Four Freedoms.
  • Story Sparks – (Grades K-5) Use Rockwell’s works as inspiration for creative writing.
  • On the Twentieth Century – That was Then, This is Now – (All grades) Discover how Rockwell’s paintings depicted life in America and compare how life has changed from then to today.
  • Going and Coming – (All grades) Use the image to practice creative writing and communication of ideas skills.
  • And more

Lessons include objective information as well as the plan process. Some also include downloadable materials and suggestions for further exploration of the topic and image.

It appears that this section may still be under construction as there are occasional texts that say “[insert link to images]” but don’t let that stop you from taking a look at the site. Norman Rockwell fans will appreciate using his art for extended activities into other school subjects.

Create Your Own Comic Strip!

November 7th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, November 7, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Make Beliefs Comix

(www.makebeliefscomix.com/)

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

 

This website, launched by author and journalist Bill Zimmerman, offers a perfect demonstration that playing is learning.

It’s easy, fun, and educational to create your own comic strips! Visitors who use this interactive comic strip “game” will simultaneously practice and improve their language arts skills including, reading, writing, spelling, and creative thinking. Young and old, and everyone in between, will enjoy arranging these cartoon characters and putting words into their mouths.

To get started right away, click on “Create Your Comix!” Then select: 

  • Characters
  • Masks
  • Balloons & Prompts
  • Greeting Cards
  • Words
  • Objects
  • Backgrounds
  • Background Color

If you like, you can make your comic strip up to 9 panels long. But here’s the best part: you get to decide what to write in the word or thought balloons that accompany your comics. It’s amazing what children can write when it’s this much fun!

On the  top menu bar, under “Create Comix!”, you’ll find detailed instructions on how to create your comic along with story ideas. There are quite a few story starters, including Travel to a Mysterious Place, A Day at School, Finding Your Courage, and many more!

After you have created your comics, you can print them out. Assemble them into a book, display them on your wall, or use them to create your own greeting cards. You can even email them to a friend and to yourself. And don’t forget to send a copy to Grandma.

Also, be sure to check out the many Language Arts resources under “Writing”, “Teachers”, “Parents”, and more from the top menu.

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