Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Summer themed reading activities

July 15th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, July 15, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Start with a Book

(http://www.startwithabook.org/summer-reading-learning)

 

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

 

This website is a project of the PBS show, Reading Rockets and along with funding from The Park Foundation, Inc. they offer themed books and activities for summer reading and learning.
When you get to the website click on any theme from the menu in the center of the page to open a new page that provides instructions on how to explore the particular theme by: 
  • Choosing books and book-related activities
  • Exploring more hands-on activities
  • Trying some summer writing
  • Digging deeper with these websites
  • Playing and learning with interactive mobile apps
The books are all clearly marked with grade and/or reading level. The activities include a materials list with pictures and instructions and discussion help. Many themes like these can be explored: 
  • Dinosaurs
  • Planes
  • Bugs
  • Birds
  • Animals
  • The moon and stars
  • Art
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Detectives
  • Explorers
  • Poetry
  • Myths
  • and many more!
This website is full of information to help parents develop a love for reading within their children. Bookmark this website and check back often. 

Free, Fun Etymology Games!

July 1st, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, July 1, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Websites:

 

See below.

 

Age Range: Varies (children with parental supervision)

 

We thought it would be fun to play some games that teach the origin of words – which can be very helpful when it comes to honing spelling and vocabulary skills.
Funbrain: Rooting Out Words – Uncover the meaning of root words with this fun game for kids. Levels: easy, medium, and hard.

QUIA: Greek & Latin Root Words Match Game – Like the game “Concentration” just match the root word with its meaning.

Sporcle: Etymology Trivia Quizzes and Games – This website, whose mission is to provide fun through trivia, boasts of over 250k user-generated trivia games you can choose from to play. You are also invited to create up to 25 of your own game/quizzes per month where you can track your stats and invite others to play. If your game/quiz becomes popular, it could be featured on the front page of the website. In order to create a game/quiz, you’ll need to sign up for a free account.

Free Rice: Define Words and Feed the Hungry! – At this website, you can take a multiple choice quiz to define words and feed the hungry at the same time! It doesn’t cost a thing to learn vocabulary and help end world hunger!

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.

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