Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

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.

Literature Lesson Plans

July 16th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 16, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Mr. Donn’s Literature Lesson Plans

 

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a wide selection of free lesson plans based on literature. While they are designed for classroom use, many of the lessons contain activities that can be easily adapted to homeschooling.
When you get to the site use the alphabetized directory to search for any given book title. When you find the title of the book you are interested in, you may find from one to several lesson plans for that title that vary widely in content and design. Click on a lesson plan and you may find:
  • Suggestions for exercises to improve language arts development from letter recognition in Pre-K to character and plot development exercises for older students.
  • Book-themed coloring pages, puzzles, and games to do online or print out and do offline
  • Webquests that explore ideas and concepts introduced in the book through visiting recommended websites
  • Downloadable pdf files with questions to stimulate reading comprehension
  • Suggestions for other books to read on the same topic
  • Teacher’s guides
  • Writing assignments
  • Unit studies themed around a book
  • And more!

There is no way to access it all in one visit – so be sure to bookmark the site to return again.

You will also notice that if you scroll down the homepage at this site you will find other resources for language arts development including free lesson plans for studying: Shakespeare, poetry, fairytales, myths, drama, historical fiction, and more. You’ll even find free Power Point Lessons in Literature and Language Arts.

Literature Learning Ladders

June 18th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, June 18, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Literature Learning Ladders

 

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

 

This website offers literature-based WebQuests for grades K-12. WebQuests challenge students to use the Internet to find resources to solve questions and problems about a given topic. A literature-based WebQuest uses a book as a focal point for activities that revolve around the theme, characters, plot, or setting.
There is an amazing selection of WebQuests for all grades at this site filled with multi-media fun including animations, colorful illustrations, photographs, and sound that will engage kids in the interactive exercises.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction, some information on how to get the best use out of WebQuests, and a menu of WebQuests by grade level from K-12. All of the WebQuests are listed according to the literature/book/author used as a theme for the Quest. For example:

*K-2 – Enjoy WebQuests using books such as “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?,” or a theme about studying insects with Eric Carle.

*4-6 – Go on WebQuests based on books such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Harry Potter,” “Johnny Tremain,” and “Hatchet.”

*Middle Schoolers – Try a WebQuest based on books by Jack London, Roald Dahl, Anne Frank, Avi, and Harper Lee.

*High School Students – Try your hand at WebQuests themed around “Beowulf,” “The Crucible,” “Farenheit 451,” “Little Women,” and “The Odyssey.”

Click on any one to begin your WebQuest. Do read the advice at this site about how to adapt WebQuests to suit your student’s interests and abilities. They also explain how to deal with the occasional dead link that you may find in a quest.

This is a great way to use technology to enhance any study of literature.

Wonderful Online Stories & Books Read By SAG Members!

June 11th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, June 11, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

StorylineOnline.net

 

Age Range: All (Designed for children, with parental supervision, and entertaining for the whole family.)

 

Bookmark this website now! This is a website where you can watch members of the Screen Actors Guild – yes, well-known actors and actresses (and even Al Gore!) – read stories and books aloud. Their skills at bringing the words on the pages to life engage audiences of all ages.
When you get to the site you will see a welcome message and a menu of book covers/titles below. Put your cursor over the book and you can see who reads it. You can also find the complete list by clicking on “view the list of all books” located at the top right. Turn on your speakers, and click on a book to begin. A new page opens – simply click “Let’s Read It” and you will be treated to a video of the actor reading the book, complete with illustrations, captions (so you can follow along), and a musical score to enhance the experience.
Once you are through watching and listening to the story or book, download and print out the “Activity Guide” that includes a book summary, related activities, information about the author, trivia facts related to the book, and information about the Screen Actors Guild member who read the story.
We were completely captivated by the stories we sampled. This is a high-quality endeavor that blends literature and technology in a delightful way for readers and listeners of all ages.

Free Literature & Author Quizzes

June 4th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, June 4, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Literature Network

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides free biographies and literature including stories, books, and articles by a variety of authors from Aesop to Zola. You’ll find a searchable collection of prominent works, along with fun quizzes that test your biographical knowledge of your favorite authors.
When you get to the site, you’ll see an alphabetical list of authors names including:
  • Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)
  • Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice)
  • James M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
  • Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
  • F. Scott Fizgerald (The Great Gatsby)
  • Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows)
  • Homer (The Odyssey)
  • Herman Melville (Moby Dick)
  • Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)
  • William Shakespeare
  • Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
  • Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
  • Jules Verne (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea)

Click on any name and a new page opens with the author’s biography, a collection of their works (many that you can read online), and a challenging interactive quiz.

Summer Reading Programs – Earn Prizes!

May 21st, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, May 21, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

 

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

‘Tis the season for summer reading to begin! Summer reading programs are popping up all over. Many companies will offer prizes to your children 12 and under for reading a number of books. It’s important that you and your child both understand the rules for each individual program entered so there are no disappointments.
When you get to the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading page, download the summer reading form. As your child reads books over the summer, simply fill in the titles on the form. When your child has read any 8 books, take the form to a Barnes & Noble store and choose a free book from the reading journal list offered at the store. No purchase is necessary to participate. May 20th – September 2, 2014.
Here are other companies that have summer reading programs:

Book Adventure


This free reading motivation program, sponsored by Sylvan Learning, is for students in grades K-8. As explained at the website, “Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they’ve read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes.”
Kids 14 and under can log the books they’ve read earn HPB Back-to-School Bucks for reading at least 15 minutes a day in June and July.
Kids of all ages who attend Pottery Barn Story Times (held on Tuesdays in the stores), will receive a Book Club card on their first visit and a special gift after attending five Story Times.
Young children who read 8 books from Pottery Barn’s recommended reading list by July 31st will receive a free book at participating stores. May 15th – July 17th, 2014. Check to make sure that your local store is participating.
Scholastic has a free online summer reading club for children that invites them to read to help set a new “Reading World Record.” They offer readings lists, activities and tips to encourage reading. Registration is required to track the reading minutes but registration is free. May 5th – September 5th, 2014.

All of these programs are designed to motivate kids and their families to read often. Remember to check your local library – many offer summer reading programs with prizes. Some food chains such as Pizza Hut, Chuck E. Cheese, and McDonald’s also offer summer reading programs that allow kids to earn tokens for games or free food, although not all stores participate. Inquire to learn more – you never know unless you ask!

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