Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

June Writing Prompts

June 10th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, June 10, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Teachers Corner – Daily Writing Prompts

(http://www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/)

 

Age Range: All (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad supported website was started in 1996 as a hobby by Jennifer Jensen and then she provided links to teacher resources on the internet. In 1998 she and her husband began to create their own resources and offer them free to teachers and parents. The Teacher’s Corner has continued growing and evolving and has maintained the goal to remain free and provide useful tools for teachers and parents.

When you get to the website, simply scroll down to see the daily selection of June writing prompts. Look around because there is so much more! On the side menu, select “Lesson Plans” and then choose “Writing Lesson Plans” to find a myriad of writing lesson plans like these:

  • Creative Writing – Get those creative juices flowing!
  • Handwriting – Find resources to help your students improve their handwriting.
  • Miscellaneous – Here are some great resources that didn’t fit into other categories.
  • Parts of Speech – Creative lesson plans and resources
  • Poetry – Help your students find creative ways to share their thoughts and feelings.
  • Reading – Be sure to visit this page for additional Language Arts resources.
  • Spelling – Find useful study and editing tips.

This website, with a wealth of resources and information for teaching all subjects, has something for everyone – from thematic units, seasonal activities, lesson plans for all subjects and much more. Bookmark it and visit often!

Something to note is that the lesson plans and unit studies often offer links to other websites for additional information and ideas. We have not reviewed these other links and sites.

Free Writing Lessons for All Grades!

May 27th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 27, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Time4Writing (http://www.time4writing.com/free-writing-resources/)

 

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website sells an online writing program, but it also provides free writing resources that include instructional videos, printable worksheets, and interactive games. There’s enough free material to jump-start writing, nudge it along, hone some grammar skills, and more.
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction and below it are some of the free writing resources. Use the menu on the left side of the home page to easily access the free writing resources that teach: 
  • Writing Sentences – Sentence structure, fragments and run-on sentences; simple, complex and compound sentences; types of sentences including declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory
  • Writing Paragraphs – Topic sentence, supporting details, concluding sentence, and types of paragraphs
  • Writing Essays – Introduction, thesis statement, concluding paragraph, types of essays, etc.
  • Writing Mechanics – Parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, capitalization, punctuation, homophones, homonyms, etc.
  • Standardized Test Writing – Identifying sentence errors, choosing the better sentence, editing and revising paragraphs, improving sentences, writing the SAT essay.
Click on a topic of interest and a new page opens with a selection of sample lessons, activities, and games.

SUMMER READING CLUB WITH PRIZES!

May 20th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 20, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

DOGObooks Summer Reading Club

(http://www.dogobooks.com/programs/summer-reading-2015)

 

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

 

DOGObooks is offering an online Summer Reading Club program that rewards kids for reading. The contest began May 14 and will continue through September 30, 2015. With the help of over 16 publishing partners they have assembled a list of over 70 popular books for kids to read and review this summer. For every 3 books read and reviewed by your child, they will get to select a FREE new book from the prize catalog. The prize catalog this year is over 3,700 books.
DOGObooks describe themselves as an online place where kids discover, review and rate books. Their goal is to provide a fun, safe and interactive environment for children to share their reactions, thoughts and opinions about books. All book reviews are moderated and approved by DOGObooks prior to being published.

When you get to the website you’ll see the list of sponsors and below that find the directions to sign up. Parents are asked to fill out and mail a hard copy of the consent form. The consent form is straight forward: it asks that you agree to allow your child to participate in the Books Giveaway/Contest and receive prizes. You and your child are then directed to select books from the reading list. Each book listed indicates the reading level. Once your child has read and written an online review of the 3 books, a prize can be selected from a list of books.

Locate the “freebies” button on the top navigation bar. Here you’ll find limited time offer freebies that your children can win in addition to the contest. You’ll want to check here often because new contests are added all the time. One example is:

  • Enter to Win: Free Copy of National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016 by National Geographic Kids
  • To Enter the Contest: Sign in or Sign up for an iDOGO account.
  • Sponsored by: National Geographic Kids Books
  • Giveaway dates: May 12 – June 14, 2015
  • Copies available: 10

DOGObooks’ motto is “Books Reviewed by Kids for Kids“. Each review is required to have a word count of at least 25 words. DOGObooks will moderate and approve all reviews prior to posting them. We found it interesting seeing which books have been reviewed the most so far. Reading reviews written directly by the children who have read those books offers some insight that may be missed by an adult. 

Another very cool opportunity here is a chance to participate in their Advanced Reviewers group. This is a growing group of children who get notified of upcoming books that are available for early reviews. Any parents interested can email the editor (arc@dogobooks.com). Once in the group the children/parents can opt in to participate in reviewing select books.

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

May 13th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 13, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

BBC: Skillswise

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This BBC website offers free interactive games that teach practical literacy skills. Although designed for adults, students (about 11 and up) can use this resource as well. Instead of playing young “kiddie games” that are sometimes too elementary, slow-moving, or annoyingly “cutesy,” students can practice basic reading, writing, grammar and spelling with games that use more sophisticated vocabulary and topics (although some of the games are still very simple with young-ish animations). 
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of English skills including:
  • Reading – Learn phonics, letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and more.
  • Writing – This section covers handwriting, typing, filling in a form, writing a paragraph or letter, and proofreading.
  • Spelling – Discover root words, prefixes and suffixes, letter patterns, and more.
  • Word Grammar – Find out about verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
  • Sentence Grammar – Practice sentence structure, tenses, and punctuation. 

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Watch a short video, play some games to reinforce learning, and take some short quizzes.

IMPORTANT: In all of the games we sampled for this review, we didn’t find any objectionable content. However, we did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

Stories From A Long, Long Time Ago

April 8th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 8, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Long, Long Time Ago – stories for you

Age Range: 3-11 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Children’s book author, Rohini Chowdhury, retells a collection of timeless tales for kids that you can read online or print out to read offline. There are no bells and whistles at this website just interesting stories that children will enjoy reading or hearing.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:
  • Fables
  • Folktales
  • Fairytales
  • Myths
  • Festival Stories
  • Tales from History
  • Classics
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Stories Behind Great Discoveries
  • Tales Behind Nursery Rhymes
  • Short Stories
Click on any item and a new page opens with a brief historical introduction and a short menu of stories in that tradition. Most are retold by Chowdhury, unless otherwise indicated. The stories are presented in plain text, and a few of the stories are accompanied by colorful illustrations.NOTE: Because myths, fairytales, legends, fantasy and the like can touch on many themes and topics, parents (as always) should preview the material on this site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Pomegranate Pips” for young children (about ages 3-5) are all accompanied by illustrations.

In addition to the stories available on the site, you’ll find some free, printable, activity pages – a crossword and a word search for older children, and a maze for young children.

To top off the offerings on this site, you’ll find reviews of children’s books and some very interesting biographies of children’s writers.

Online Stories & Interactives for Kids

March 18th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, March 18, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Johnnie’s Story Page

 

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

 

This ad-supported website offers an archive of links to interactive stories and reading activities for children up to ten years of age
When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:
  • Beginning Readers – Over 40 interactive stories from the British Council, PBS, and Scholastic, along with alphabet and phonics activities from Starfall.
  • Classic Stories – Click on the links to read familiar children’s stories online such as Mother Goose, fairy tales, Greek mythology, Aesop’s Fables and more.
  • Older Readers – You’ll find links to myths, legends, ghost stories, and even Roald Dahl’s website (he’s the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
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